Climate-Leading Communities

Cohousing can be a lab for trying out the latest innovations to help us live lighter on the planet.

— Jenny of CoHousing Solutions & Coho/US

The goal of this year’s National Cohousing Conference was ambitious – building resilient, sustainable communities — yet I felt a universal reaching; so many of us wanting desperately to learn how to be even more climate conscious than we already are. Continue reading...

Field Trip to EcoVillage, Ithaca

There’s nothing like seeing a cohousing community first-hand. On Saturday, May 20, a group of our community members and friends drove together to visit EcoVillage in Ithaca.

EcoVillage is a well-established cohousing community (founded in 1991), and is one of the most successful in the country. You can learn more from their website (http://ecovillageithaca.org/).

Here are a few snapshots from our visit:

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Heard at the National Cohousing Conference

Jane (right) at a reception held by Katie McCamant, our cohousing development consultant.

Four of us attended the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville last weekend.  In all, we attended more than 30 workshop sessions and we had a chance to informally exchange ideas with over 300 cohousers and professional community builders from all across the country.

Here are some tidbits we heard along the way:

“Build your social community as you build your physical community”

— Design Planning session

“We can’t just talk about diversity; we have to talk about racism”

— Diversity session

“People are craving connection”

— Sharing Circles session

“Experiences count more than stuff and space”

— Marketing to Young Adults session

“Even if we’re consciously choosing to move from an I-centered culture to a we-centered culture, it doesn’t mean we know how to do it”

— Power and Leadership session

“Meal-sharing is a huge energy-saver. One study showed the whole neighborhood’s electricity use went down 30% the night of a community meal”

— Cutting Edge Resiliency session

“We’re a community even before we have a roof over our heads”

— Community Renewal session

More to come — stay tuned!

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Tour of Germantown Commons

As part of the National Cohousing Conference, we toured the Germantown Commons cohousing community in Nashville. Here are a few snapshots from that visit.

Tour of Germantown Cohousing, Nashville, in the rain.

Kitchen of a unit at Germantown Cohousing.

Germantown is a multigenerational community.

Germantown is a multigenerational community.

Germantown Common House foyer - note the space-saving hooks from Ikea!

Germantown Common House living room.

Kitchen in Germantown Common House.

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Don’t Wait to Get Involved!

Once we settle on a site, it could be too late to become a member and select your optimal unit. That’s because when we find our site, we will have to move quickly. This means each inquirer and associate member will be asked to commit to the next level(s) in a short amount of time. In addition, friends who want to become members because they love the site will have to proceed quickly. The standard time frames, including extensions, currently allotted to remain at a specific membership level will not apply during this important transition period. We highly encourage you to get more involved/take the next step now, so that everyone — the Flower City Cohousing Community and you — can make an informed decision about long-term membership.
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