A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities

By Jan Martin Bang

Floris Books, Paperback, 9780863154805, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2012

The Ecovillages movement is a worldwide network of communities that strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact lifestyle, including Kibbutz, Camphill communities, and others based on such frameworks as permaculture.

"Ecovillages" explores the background and history of the Ecovillages movement and provides a comprehensive manual for planning, establishing, and maintaining a sustainable community. Issues discussed include leadership and conflict management; house design; building techniques; farming and food production; water and sewage; energy sources; and alternative economics. In the final chapter, the author brings it all together in a systematic guide.

The book is packed with handy tips, useful insights, and sage advice. Theory is brought to life in a series of striking "Living Example" case-studies from around the world, including Sunrise Farm, Australia; Woodcrest Bruderhof, New York; Camphill Solborg; Kibbutz Lotan; Findhorn, Scotland; Kimberton Hills Camphill, Pennsylvania; ZEGG, Germany; Wilhelmina, Holland; Earthaven Ecovillage, North Carolina; Twin Oaks Community, Virginia; Anghieri, Italy; Kibbutz Ketura; Terre d'Enaille, Belgium; Kibbutz Samar; Lebensgarten, Germany; New Bassaisa, Egypt; and La Paix-Dieu, Belgium.

About the Author
Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime working in alternative communities, ranging frm the kibbutz in Israel to his present home in the Solborg Camphill community in Norway. He leads training and development for new ecovillage projects around the world.