Recent Event Highlights: TREE Scheduled for Completion, Completion of SONG, Building Homes, Building Community, and 27 more...
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Last updated: 12/02/10 at 06:30 PM
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Ecovillage plans to finish constructing TREE.
Ground-breaking for TREE is schedule to begin.
Final site plan for TREE receives approval from the Ithaca Planning Board.
Liz Walker publishes her second book "Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, N.Y." with information about Ecovillage.
Jerry Weisburd’s completes preliminary house designs and neighborhood layout.
Energy engineer, Lou Vogel of Taitem Engineering, is hired to help with the creation of TREE. Rick Manning is hired as the landscape architect for the new neighborhood.
Residents continue to discuss plans for TREE.
People begin discussing plans for TREE, Ecovillage's third neighborhood, with a mission of creating small, affordable, and accessible homes.
Liz Walker and Ecovillage resident Elan Shapiro conduct a workshop about co-housing in partnership with Ithaca College.
Liz Walker publishes the book "EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture."
Ecovillage breaks ground for SONG's Common House.
Ithaca College, Ecovillage, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension launch "Sustainable Tompkins County."
All homes in SONG are complete and residents have moved in.
Ecovillage begins designing a Common House for SONG.
The mortgages on the land of Ecovillage are paid in full.
Ecovillage residents teach two courses at Ithaca College, a tradition which has since continued annually.
Ecovillage is the first cohousing group in the U.S. to build two neighborhoods.
Residents move in to the first 14 completed homes in SONG.
Ecovillage partners with Ithaca College Environmental Studies Department. The partnership receives a 3-year National Science Foundation Grant.
16 more homes begin construction in SONG.
The Equity Trust Fund lends Ecovillage $100,000 to help fund SONG's infrastructure.
Katie Creeger leases 5 acres of Ecovillage land to start her organic berry farm.
Rod Lambert and Liz Walker are hired as the development managers for SONG.
Ecovillage is named a finalist for the World Habitat Award.
FROG is completed and the Common House finally opens.
A construction fire burns the Common House and 8 homes to the ground, while damaging an additional 6 homes.
Liz Walker guides the creation of SONG, the second neighborhood.
Joan Bokaer resigns from her role as Co-Director of Ecovillage.
First families move into FROG.
55 acres of Ecovillage land are set aside for permanent conservation easement administered by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Ground-breaking Ceremony attracts more than 200 people. Road, sewer and pond are built.
Final site plan for FROG is approved by the Town Planning Board of Ithaca.
Jen and John Bokaer-Smith's organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, located at Ecovillage, produces first harvest.
Residents of first neighborhood, "FROG", hires Jerry and Claudia Weisburd as development consultants.
50 people attend first official Ecovillage residents meeting.
Ecovillage gains non-profit status, adopts bylaws, and elects the board of directors.
60 Ecovillage members gather in Ithaca and agree to buy the land. Walker and Bokaer begin fundraising for their goal of $400,000.
Bokaer and Walker co-direct a 7-day "envisioning retreat," Ecovillage organization is formed.
Liz Walker and Joan Bokaer develop the idea for Ecovillage.