The Aurora Dwelling Circle:  Community + Sustainability = green house gas reductions for life on the planet and fun and ease for the residents


Tompkins County, in a unique partnership with EcoVillage at Ithaca’s Center for Sustainability Education, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund innovative on-the-ground approaches to creating dense neighborhoods that enhance residents’ quality of life while using fewer resources…

In addition to reporting on lessons learned by EcoVillage, plans call for applying these lessons to three new pilot projects in a hamlet, village and urban setting…

The Aurora Dwelling Circle by New Earth Living will be the urban project in the City of Ithaca. New Earth Living’s mission is to create small, urban, ecovillages founded on a small ecological footprint based on the 5-2-ONE initiative of New Earth Living and vibrant connected owner-resident relationships. NEL President Susan Cosentini, said, “We are bringing together the best practices of sustainability, co-housing, in-fill development and conscious communication to create a living environment that conserves resources and fulfills a social need to be connected and supported.  The houses will be built using the Passive House Institute technology for ultra-energy efficiency, with a goal of carbon neutrality.”  Check out The Aurora Pocket Neighborhood

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