Portable House, Simple Life (197)

Embarrassed by her middle class affluence after a visit to Guatemala, Dee Williams grabbed her hammer, built a tiny house on wheels, downsized to less than 400 possessions, and parked her house in a friend's yard. Her living arrangement then blossomed into a … [Read more...]

Dee Williams’ “Little House” – A Moveable Room of Her Own

August 24, 2010. One moveable house, 7' x 12' on wheels, spacious wood-paneled interior and exterior, with sleeping loft, skylights, front porch, closet and bench seat. One burner for cooking One water crock, filled manually One sink basin draining to bucket One … [Read more...]

Finding an Ecovillage / Sacred Activism — Love, Grief, and Empowerment (148)

Diana Leafe Christian, author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, zeros in on how to find an ecovillage. Once you determine what you want, what are the criteria to explore whether an ecovillage is a good fit/match for you? … [Read more...]

Creating Our Own Neighborhood – Bellingham Cohousing (124)

Kathleen Nolan helped shape the beginnings of Bellingham Cohousing, based on a neighborhood design of private homes and shared buildings, managed by residents in participatory decision making. Their 5.74 acre plot originally had one farmhouse, which they modified to become … [Read more...]

A Cutting-Edge Architect’s Eco-Friendly Home

As an organizer in the American Institute of Architects, Chris Stafford has long promoted sustainable design. As a natural builder, he worked with straw bale and clay in Greece and Saudi Arabia. For his Port Townsend home, he considered site, size, materials and energy. The … [Read more...]

Creating the Impossible – O.U.R. Ecovillage

O.U.R. stands for "One United Resource," expressing how interdependence and inclusion undergird this 25 acre demonstration sustainable community on Vancouver Island. This model ecovillage comprises natural buildings, a school, long- and short-term residences, extensive … [Read more...]

Suburban Renewal – One Backyard at a Time

Jan Spencer shows his quarter-acre permaculture project transforming a typical suburban lot. Lawn and driveway were replaced with fruit and nut trees, vegetables, brambles, and native habitat, plus a 3500 gallon rainwater catchment system, a sunroom heating the house, and a … [Read more...]

An Urban Developer Goes for the Green

Inspired by the book Natural Capital, developer Joe Van Belleghem transforms a toxic site into a green development that's totally backed by the city and community in Victoria, B.C. Conserves energy, water, heat, materials, and shares some with the neighbors. Episode 36. … [Read more...]