Forming Formed: 2007
This page last updated:1/16/2012
EcoVillage at Ithaca, TREE, the third neighborhood
Ithaca, New York,
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TREE (Third Residential EcoVillage Experience) is now accepting new members! At the beginning of 2011 a decision was made to increase the number of units in TREE from 30 to 40 to make all the units more affordable and to increase the number of fully-accessible units. TREE is on track to begin construction in April, 2012, with projected occupancy in December, 2012 for some units and January, 2013 for the rest. TREE is well on its way to meeting its ambitious goals of sustainability, affordability, and accessibility. As the third neighborhood at EcoVillage at Ithaca, TREE will be part of the larger environmentally-oriented EcoVillage community on the crest of Ithaca's West Hill. Surrounded by 176 acres of rolling meadows, organic farms, and woodlands, and nestled close to the existing village, TREE will feature cutting edge green design, with most homes built to the stringent Passive House standards that originated in Europe. To date there are only 13 of these homes in the U.S. that are certified by the U.S. Passive House Institute, yet there are 25,000 built in Europe. We want to popularize this proven energy efficient model, and once built, TREE may be the first and largest showcase for this type of deep green design in the U.S. Our vision is to create a neighborhood of 40 reasonably-priced, energy-efficient, small footprint homes; live in a socially responsible, healthful, and ecologically sustainable way; and make group-centered community decisions based on consensus. We will have our own common house for shared meals and social activities. We seek families with or without children; people interested in aging in place; and people of diverse backgrounds and income levels. Our home designs are based on the passive house concept. In addition, the houses will be built using non-toxic, regionally produced building materials, and will include water-saving and reuse features; accessibility for those with special needs; and attractive exteriors and interiors. We currently have four house designs, plus apartments in the common house. We have planning meetings every third weekend at EcoVillage at Ithaca. For more information, please go to TREE's website where contact information and membership requirements are listed.
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Former/Other Names: TREE- Third Residential EcoVillage Experience
This page last updated:1/16/2012
(Meetings are open to visitors, and tours of EcoVillage at Ithaca are available by appointment.)
Visitor Process: Contact TREE's membership committee if you are interested in attending a meeting and having a pre-meeting tour of EcoVillage at Ithaca. For tours at other times, see EcoVillage at Ithaca's website.
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
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Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(attend meetings and participate in committees)
(Associate Member-$250; full member-starts at $25,000)
(As needed to finance design and construction)
Land and Buildings
175 acres (70.8 hectares)
(TREE will be located on about 5 acres)
Land Owned By:
Another form of Non-profit
Percentage of Food Grown:
(EcoVillage at Ithaca's two CSA farms will be available to TREE,; also garden plots will be available for each household)
Share Community Meals:
(When TREE is built, 2 to 3 times per week)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Varied dietary practices)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(diverse religions are represented)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(Homeschooling; public schools; alternative schools)
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