In the middle of the picturesque setting of Saltspring Island in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia Canada, the group ecoReality is developing an ecoVillage – a working model of a co-operative and sustainable land use, habitation, public outreach and education.
The group has recently acquired 37 acres of farmland from a 104 acre package that was recently deeded to the Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute by Three Point Properties.
“This acquisition of the 37 acres split from the Hughes Farm is great news for the Salt Spring community,” said Dan Jason, of Salt Spring Seeds, who was instrumental in the 63 acre farmland donation, “EcoReality has an expansive and extensive vision of what can happen on the reconnected 100 acres. This purchase adds immensely to the already exciting possibilities inherent in the land donation.”
With a stated goal of providing equity in farmland to small farmers via co-operative ownership, EcoReality is helping people get back to the land that are no longer able to afford to on their own and the ecoVillage is ground-zero for their efforts.
The nascent ecoVillage project is currently seeking new members that can become financial investors in the project as well as individuals of exceptional skills that can begin a formal process of involvement.
Perhaps most intriguing about the community model ecoVillage has developed is their idea and model for ‘shares and shareholders’. They have established a share structure encourages community participation that includes:
- Class C, or community supported agriculture shares (eat your investment throughout the year)
- Class D, or dairy shares allow legal raw milk distribution through shared ownership of our dairy goats and associated infrastructure
- Class E, or energy shares allow for production of biodiesel and distribution to Class E shareholders.
We will be watching this project and commenting in the future. If any ecoVillagers out there want to comment or provide more information, please feel welcome to contact me through the contact form
In addition, I would love to hear about other similar projects going on around the world and how they are similar or different.
Blackfriars Bridge, London from Wikipedia
The historic Blackfriars Bridge in London England, the present version completed in 1869 and 923 feet long, is the new home of Blackfriars station and soon to sport the largest solar array in London with over 6 thousand square meters of PV Panels.
The project being undertaken by London based SolarCentury was started in early October 2011 and when completed, will generate an estimated 900,000kWh of electricity every year, provide up to 50% of the station’s energy and reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year. The solar modules used in the array are from SANYO.
The pioneering new station will integrate many other energy conservation projects including the use of light pipes for passive natural indoor lighting as well as a rain capture system for harvesting fresh water.
For more information about the project please see the press release.
For more information about BlackFriars bridge please see the Wikipedia Article
Very interesting eco habitat project developed in New York city by designers, environmental organizations, architects and marine biologists designed to investigate designs revolving around rising tides. It was launched in 2009 and traveled the waterways of Manhattan Island, New York Harbour and other Hudson River ports.
From the project:
“Waterpod™ was a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat designed for the rising tides. It launched in the summer of2009, navigate down the East River, explore the waters of New York Harbor, and docked at several Manhattan piers on the Hudson River before continuing onward. The Waterpod™ demonstrated future pathways for water -based innovations. As asustainable, navigable living space, the Waterpod™ showcased the critical importance of the environment and art, serving as a model for new living, d.i.y. technologies, art, and dialogue. It illustrated positive interactions between communities: public and private; artistic and social; aquatic and terrestrial while exploring the cultural richness of New York’s five boroughs and beyond. By visualizing the future, the Waterpod™ embodied self-sufficiency and resourcefulness, learning and curiosity, human expression and creative exploration. Through its dilatory, watery peregrinations, the Waterpod’s intent is to prepare, inform, inspire, provoke, and fortify humanity for tomorrow’s exterior explorations. Waterpod™ is fiscally sponsored by Action Arts League, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.”
You can learn more at http://www.thewaterpod.org/