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PHOTOS: 7 Modern Day Green Communes From Around the World

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/20/10 05:11 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Whether you call it co-housing, eco-villages, intentional community living or modern day communes, shared living with an eco-focus is experiencing a boom that rivals the 1960s and 1970s. These utopia-inspired dwellings boast organic farms, shared communal spaces, and one even relies on geothermal energy as a main power source.

From Ithaca to Japan and Oregon to Sweden, green utopias are sprouting around the world. Check out our slideshow of seven modern day eco-friendly communes and don't forget to vote on your favorites. As always, we want to hear from you in the comments.


EcoVillage (Ithaca, New York)
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Ithaca, New York's answer to a modern day commune is EcoVillage, a green utopia that houses 160 residents. Its 60 houses are split into two housing groups, FROG and SONG, and are all low-impact and energy-efficient. The third housing group, TREE, is currently being constructed and will house 30 more homes. EcoVillage has a CSA vegetable farm and a U-Pick berry farm along with a root cellar and community gardens. 80 percent of the commune's 175 acres will remain as green space, 55 acres of which are already under protection through a conservation easement from the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Residents volunteer 2 to 3 hours a week by building furniture, farming or assisting with other necessary maintenance. Future endeavors for EcoVillage include creating organic orchards, greywater recycling, and biodiesel and vegetable oil fuel production.


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