Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities by Jan Martin Bang explores the new opportunities in personal, social and ecological living represented by this phenomenon. This book explores the background and history to the ecovillages movement, and then provides a comprehensive manual for planning, establishing and maintaining a sustainable community, using a permaculture approach. Aspects discussed include:
* tools for social design
* leadership and conflict management
* house design and building techniques
* gardening, farming and food production
* water and sewage
* energy and heat sources, and
* alternative economics.
Featured throughout the book are full color case studies — or “Living Examples” — of successful ecovillages ranging from Kibbutz to Camphill communities and from as far afield as Australia, Israel, Europe and the United States. Each example includes data on its location, date of founding, number of residents and spiritual or ideological affiliation, the photographs bringing to life the special characteristics of the particular community.
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