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The 14th Annual Mid Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour - Saturday, May 17th

The 14th Annual Mid Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour IS happening on Saturday, May 17th, 12:30 p-6:30 p.

This year we’ll be visiting three green, sustainable, environmentally friendly built communities in the Washington, DC area: Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD, Blueberry Hill Cohousing in Vienna, VA and Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC. Suburban, urban and ultra, ultra urban. See a LEED certified building. Visit a community that saved an organic farm. Tour the first cohousing community completed in the Mid Atlantic area.

Living Large in a Small Home, Ecovillage-Style

As the American economy recovers, the average new home size has reached an all-time high of 2,300 square feet. This is part of a cultural shift where many Americans are shying away from children sharing bedrooms, and bathrooms are becoming more plentiful and sophisticated. Homes have more than doubled in size since the 1950s, meanwhile vegetable gardens and close relationships with neighbors have declined.

We have a new Executive Director!

I am thrilled to announce that board member Alice Alexander has agree to serve the Cohousing Association of the US as our new Executive Director. In addition to being a co-founder of the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community in Durham North Carolina, Alice has a tremendous amount of experience working within, and managing non-profit organizations. In recent years Alice has held executive positions with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, and several others.

Talking about wifi

I asked Daniel if we could post this here because it's about a great deal more than wifi. -cat

The best advice I can give around wifi is to be careful about how you talk to one another about it - treat those with differing experiences or thoughts respectfully while having the discussion.

Our community is in the process of healing rifts from a decision around "Smart Meters" that came not at all from the topic, but from the way in which folks were with one another.

If your community is like ours you may have:

Composting Toilets

I happen to be writing an article this month about my experience with designing a composting toilet facility for a nature preserve in southern Kentucky. So let me take a few minutes to summarize (sorry - it is long): Toilet systems that use water to carry the waste product away have recently come under scrutiny due to concerns about availability of water. This is of greater concern in the arid west, but all may be subject to some cost of treatment of the effluent. There are two primary wet systems: connected into a municipal sewer or a septic system.

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