[Fwd: ENA Newsletter #0001]Newsletter of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
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Subject: ENA Newsletter #0001
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    From: Linda Joseph - ENA Central Office <ena at ecovillage.org>
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Electronic Newsletter of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas
Date: 07/6/00
Issue #0001
Editor: Giovanni Ciarlo giovanni at ecovillage.org

Dear Friends;
This newsletter of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA) is
distributed to subscribers in North, Central, South America, the
Caribbean and beyond. ENA is a grassroots public policy research,
education and networking project, working in partnership with the Global
Ecovillage Network (GEN) <http://www.gaia.org>.  Our focus is to meet
the needs of present and future generations for a safe and healthy
planet to inhabit.



Distributed without profit for research, networking and educational
purposes, ENA offers this E-newsletter free of charge thanks to the
volunteer labor of its members.  ENA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization whose mission is:  To engage the peoples of the Americas in
common effort to join the global transformation towards ecologically,
economically and culturally sustainable human settlement.

If you wish to support this work, make your contribution payable to ENA
and mail to:
   ENA Central Office
   64001 County Road DD
   Moffat, Colorado USA

   e-mail: ena at ecovillage.org

A receipt will be sent to you by mail qualifying this donation for tax
deduction. Donors receive complimentary copies of ENA's printed


Albert Bates, GEN Americas Secretary  <ecovillage at thefarm.org>

The GEN Board met twice last year, March 1999 in Mexico at the
Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage near Cuernavaca and November in Sri Lanka,
hosted by GEN South Asia, in Columbo. Early in 1999 the three voting
Board members of GEN were the founding Board members - Declan Kennedy,
myself and Max Lindegger. By year's end, the GEN Articles had been
substantially rewritten, creating a minimum of six voting Board members
with the possibility of expansion with at-large members chosen at the
discretion of the Board. The minimum six members includes two from each
of the three GEN regions (Europe/Africa, Americas and Oceania -
Australia/Asia); one, the coordinator of the GEN Secretariat for the
region and the other a representative chosen by the regional
organization's governing body. This brings an important democratic
element to the Board composition. Philip Snyder, the International
Secretary, is a non-voting member of the Board.

GEN has the idea to create a series of educational centers in the South,
working in close cooperation with existing GEN Ecovillage training
centers in worldwide partnership. These centers, ideally based in
Ecovillages, would develop a full set of sustainable systems,
appropriate for the setting, with emphasis on cooperative hands-on
learning. Initially we are exploring working partnerships in each GEN
region: Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka; the Institute for New Frontiers in
Cooperation (INFC) in Brazil; and Yoff and Colufifa in Senegal. We are
completing extended visits to each, with a detailed list of criteria to
be researched.

The web site <http://www.gaia.org> is a key asset in long-range
development and we are making a significant investment in improvement of
the site. We formed a web review team to broaden the input into these
changes and hired Agnieszka Komoch, also Chair of the GEN Europe
Council, for part-time web content support, working closely with Karen
Svensson and other staff in the GEN International office in Copenhagen.
Currently there are over 100,000 visitors per month. We are planning a
'Green Shopping Mall' for products and services of Ecovillages and
related green businesses.

Hildur Jackson and Karen Svensson took the lead in creating the GEN
International magazine - Ecovillage Millennium. The focus of the first
issue was 'From Global to Local - towards green economics', featuring
articles by people around the world. At 44 pages including a resources
section, it is being distributed worldwide and is available on the web:
We are sponsoring a major Permaculture and Ecovillage Training in
Colombia this fall with instructors from 5 countries and coinciding with
the first meeting of the new Colombian Ecovillage Network. We funded a
Permaculture training in Cuba, to establish links to people there
working in sustainable systems and also helped sponsor the first
Permaculture course in Chile, during a gathering for the fledgling
Permaculture and Ecovillage network of that country.

We've had active participation in the UN Best Practices Steering
Committee, with Brazilian May East, the Findhorn UN representative and
director of the Ecovillage Training program at Findhorn, representing
GEN. Three Ecovillages were in the top 100 Best Practices awards in
1998. We continued our application efforts for official NGO status to
the UN ECOSOC committee. From a U.N. Press Release, 13 June 2000:
"...this afternoon, the Committee decided to grant special consultative
status to the Global Eco-Village Network -- an international NGO. The
Network, headquartered in Denmark, serves as a global administrator and
catalyst, which promotes the establishment and development of
ecovillages worldwide. It has 3,423 individual members and 162
organization members in 82 countries."


Linda Joseph, ENA Central Office Coordinator  <ena at ecovillage.org>

Through its formative years, the vision and plan for ENA was
accomplished by a volunteer steering committee, and the GEN Americas
office handled daily details of launching the network. At the1999 ENA
meeting, much progress was made in identifying contacts and defining
organizational structure for networking ENA's 8 regions: Southern South
America, Northern South America, Brazil, Caribbean, Mesoamerica, Western
United States, Eastern United States and Canada.
ENA organizational chart: <http://ena.ecovillage.org/regions.html>
Regional contact info:

A Central Office (CO) for ENA, opened in Colorado at EarthArt Village,
the site of the 1999 meeting, with Linda Joseph, also ENA President,
and, Kailash, also ENA Secretary/Treasurer coordinating.  The CO, with
these two half-time staff members is updating the web site, redesigning
ENA's printed newsletter, developing ENA's first outreach materials,
assisting committee activities, managing listserves and responding to
the growing number of contacts from folks around the globe interested in
ecovillages and sustainability.

ENA activities are ever expanding... the Web pages offer a wealth of
information, updated regularly... visit now and come back again for the
latest in ecovillage networking information.

Visit the Calendar pages and new Links pages, with guidelines for



Andre Soares, Brazil Regional Council Member <ecovilas at hotmail.com>

The Brazil network had the first informal national network meeting in
Pirenopolis in March. We are compiling information on as many
communities as we can for our directory and have set up an Ecovillage
Contact Office (ECO) in Pirenopolis, central Brazil, with one volunteer

ECO Pirenopolis activities August-December, 2000:  Cob Construction
course, Strawbale Construction course, Permaculture Design course and
boot camp, Outreach Permaculture course in north Brazil, Permaculture
national gathering.

We are translating the Permaculture designer's manual, by Bill Mollison,
to publish next year, working with the MST (Movimento dos SemTerra), the
largest non-government organization in the world and the virtual
people's power in Brazil. MST has over 70 thousand families in
intentional communities and over 4 thousand families in camp-grounds
waiting for settlement. The movement is a revolutionary stand in Brazil
(more than 4 million members) and will shape the communitarian future of
the country.

In March, GEN International Secretary Philip Snyder joined Max Lindegger
of GEN Oceania in Brazil to visit the Werlang Gaia Village project in
Santa Catarina, meet with surrounding regional representatives and visit
the GEN Americas office in Pirenopolis as a step in GEN's developing a
Living and Learning Center there.
A short flight from Florianopolis to Curitiba brought Philip to the
opening of the EcoCity 4 international conference, sponsored by the
Unilivre Open University for the Environment. He writes: "It was
inspiring to see examples that people brought of ways that cities around
the world are changing to become more livable, less car-centered, more
ecological and even sustainable. Of course, Curitiba was a showcase
example and we were given extensive tours of the famous transportation
system, as well as the parks and overall city planning layout. Health
care and education and basic infrastructure (water, electricity) are
extended even to the favelas, which are endemic to Brazilian cities. The
poor are treated with real respect and we did not see the grinding
poverty so apparent in many other cities. The bus system is highly
elaborated and runs everywhere and has a very high ridership. It
completely pays for itself by rider fees which are set at 1 real
(approximately 60 cents US) wherever you go - an advantage to the poorer
people who tend to live farther out from the city. Curitiba is also the
greenest city I have ever seen - trees are planted everywhere. It was
noticeable flying in on the airplane. This goes a long way to enhancing
the beauty of the city. Still, there is plenty of traffic, but it moves.

Repeatedly I shared the experience of bike ridership in Denmark. This is
an area that has not been well developed by the city, except for
recreational purposes. One area Curitiba does not have together is its
sewage, the large majority of which is untreated and dumped directly
into the river running through. Supposedly this is on the agenda of the
State government to remedy soon. The general problems faced by Brazil as
a country are really staggering, immense swollen cities growing like
cancers, huge landless rural poor, a terrible gap in income, wealth and
power between the elite few and the mass of people, etc. Still, there
are wonderful, creative people and groups at work and my trip was rich
in connections with these good people."


Lee Davies, Canada Regional Council Member  <jdavies at interhop.net>

We've had a number of teleconference meetings with folks from Ontario,
Manitoba, British Columbia, discussing establishing an Ecovillage
Contact Office (ECO), and, Canada's representatives to the ENA Council.
We have been dividing the tasks of an ECO between us and are working on
how to fund and arrange face-to-face organizational meetings.  Another
teleconference meeting is in planning to continue this work.
Ecodirect <http://www.freespeech.org/ecodirect/> offers a guide to
Canadian and Mexican environmental directories, with an extensive
section on global directories on the web, to aid in creating new
partnerships and networks between organizations with similar interests.
Ecodirect is made possible by Earthbound Environmental, the Manitoba
Eco-Network and Human Resource Development, Canada.
The Global Living Project (GLP) aims to achieve a "quantum leap" in the
practice of sustainable living in the year 2000. The Winlaw, BC-based
group measures its outward sustainability using "ecological
footprinting" (EF) techniques, to estimate how many acres of productive
earth are needed to provide the various materials and energy one
consumes and to process the associated wastes. The GLP research team
also utilizes the "financial independence" and "life assessment" tools
from the national bestseller "Your Money Or Your Life" as qualitative
measures of inner sustainability. Contact:
Erica Sherwood, phone: 250-355-2585; e-mail: jmerkel at netidea.com


Liora Adler, Caribbean Regional Council Member  <Lioraadler at aol.com>

Roberto Pérez Rivero of Cuba, gave an impressive presentation at the
First Latin American Permacultural Congress in Asociacion Gaia,
Argentina. He presented a Havana project based on Permaculture as a
viable alternative for food production in small urban areas. It is one
of the best examples anywhere of Permaculture applied to food production
in a city.  His compatriot, Fausto López Rodríguez, presented slides and
examples of Permaculture Training systems in Cuba.
The Caribbean Region is one area where ENA has had least contact to
date. This is about to change, as ENA Interim Council member for the
Caribbean, Liora Adler is visiting Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico to make
direct contact with people working towards sustainability, Ecovillage
and Permaculture concepts there. More on that region in future issues of
this newsletter.


Jeff Clearwater, Eastern United States Regional Council Member
<clearwater at valinet.com>

Sirius Ecovillage, Shutesbury, MA is home of the East U.S. ECO office
for ENA and Living Routes Education Consortium. Their ECOVILLAGE
We Stay/Nos Quedamos Committee - a Coalition of Homeowners, Tenants,
Property Owners, Institutions and Business Persons, resolved to remain a
part of the Melrose Community and become Equal Partners with the City of
New York in the Community's Redevelopment.  Contact:  Yolanda Garcia
P.O. Box 524369, Stadium Station, Bronx, N.Y. 10452   (718) 585-2323 /
(718) 585-8628
Earth Craft House Training - The Greater Atlanta Homebuilders
Association (GAHBA) with Southface and other partners, developed this
voluntary Green Building program.  Earth Craft House is a blueprint for
healthy, comfortable, affordable homes that reduce energy and resource
consumption and protect the environment. Contact: 770/938-9900 or
e-mail: ecraft at vivid.net.
At the GEN Americas office, at The Farm in Tennessee, the Ecovillage
Training Center (ETC) kicked off its 7th season with a short course in
Forest Mushroom Cultivation in February, a solar electric installers
course, its 11th Permaculture class in April and a Natural Buildings
course in May; and engaged in extensive communication with eager groups
of Africans (Congo, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon) seeking apprentice
positions with the ETC in 2000. Schedule of courses:


Giovanni Ciarlo, Mesoamerica Regional Council Member
<giovanni at ecovillage.org>

Ecovillage Huehuecoyotl Training Center in Mexico offers weekend courses
in Permaculture, Aromatherapy, Dance, Consensus and Facilitation in the
summer. E-mail: <huehue at laneta.apc.org> or <tierramor at laneta.apc.org> or
<briggsbea at aol.com>
The Mexican Ecovillage Network (REM) has new web pages with Spanish
translations of some key documents for Ecovillage design.
Changemakers Magazine, a multimedia internet publication
<http://www.changemakers.net> has an in-depth article on Sierra Gorda
Biosphere Reserve and the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, whose
conservation and rural rescue program is leading this mountainous forest
region, 32% of Queretaro State, towards ecological and economic
sustainability. Changemakers is looking at the promise and pride found
in Mexico´s most representative natural protected area and the local
people organizing to preserve it, including ENA member Heidi Bauer of
Grupo Aztlan AC, an Ecovillage project near Queretaro.
CEMEFI (Centro Mexicano de la Filantropia) is a nonprofit organization
bringing together Latin American NGOs, Foundations and Philanthropic
Corporations, offering a variety of professional services to help causes
that favor community development and democracy.  More at:
CESTA, in El Salvador is a non-governmental, environmental, non-profit
committed to actions that improve the ecological, social and economic
conditions of the Salvadoran population, especially in sectors with less
economic resources or those damaged by the recent war. Current programs:
Permaculture, Sea Turtle Protection, Dry Toilets, Youth Activities,
Hunger and Nutrition and Village Design in poor villages and communities
in El Salvador. <http://www.tao.ca/~cesta/>
ASODECAH -Asociacion para el Desarrollo de la Conciencia Ambiental y
Apdo.966 - 7050 Cartago,  Costa Rica. Telefax 534-4299.  E-mail:
asodecah at racsa.co.cr.
This project seeks sustainable development through activities in the
fields of agriculture, reforestation and education. They have
established a farm/school which demonstrates and teaches conservation

Claudio Madaune, Northern South America Regional Council Member
<fundarien at edatel.net.co>
Enrique Hidalgo, Secondary Council Member <ilpermacultura at hotmail.com>

The ENA regional office is located at Fundacion Darien. Reserva Integral
Sasardí - Darién Chocoano - Chocó
A.A. 700 Turbo - Antioquia Colombia
Fax: (57) 094 - 250 11 72 (Medellín)
Tel: (57) 094 - 824 36 10, en la Reserva Integral Sasardí
E-mail: fundarien at edatel.net.co Web:
La Caravana Arcoiris para La Paz an international, non-profit,
voluntary, social service project, working for 4 years in Central and
South America, is in Colombia close to the Reserva Sasardi. Its mission
is to bring grassroots ecological awareness and education to the
Americas. Follow their activities/travels at: <www.lacaravana.org>
e-mail: lioraadler at aol.com
The Bolivian Ecovillage Network (BEN) is becoming a reality and can now
receive people in many different eco-projects and for eco-tourism
packages from the Andes to the Amazon in a sacred pilgrimage following
the Andean Medicine Wheel. Enrique Hidalgo is a member of the board of
ANAT (Nature Action), a Bolivian NGO. ANAT met with a Danish/Bolivian
Architecture organization called "Diseño de Asentamientos Sostenibles"
working with ecological building in Lahuachaca, between La Paz and
Cochabamba. They are exhibiting their projects at the Hannover Expo
2000, in Europe. Enrique writes:
"Our goals are to arrange ecological building courses for the new-born
Marquina Ecovillage and other places where Ecovillages are becoming a
reality. The houses that the Danish architects are building, do not
require wood at all, they are built in an arch form with a circular
cupola. These houses are beautiful to look at and very inexpensive as
well. At the new eco-center we are building in Marquina, we plan to
build 2 houses in that style. A volunteer from the UK will be living
here for some time in order to help us develop the center. We have
planted some 200 "tunas", a type of cactus that makes walls to keep
cattle out. Our eco-center design is finished and we will build it in
the same manner as the old Aymaras saw the sky... Orion's belt and the 4
stars that surround Orion's belt make the shape of a "PONCHO". In the
Aymara world the natives did not see the head of Orion and therefore
called it "El Poncho", which will also be the name of the new center in
the brand new Ecovillage of Marquina."
In Venezuela, ENA committee member Daniel Zahalka organizes courses in
Cob construction, Permaculture, Consensus Facilitation and Alternative
Energies near Caracas and in other parts of the country. They are also
active in small, grassroots publications of Consensus and Village
Manuals in Spanish. The Venezuelan Network is growing at a healthy pace
among a circle of committed individuals. Contact Daniel Zahalka at:
<pachamama_art at cantv.net>


Silvia Balado, Southern South America Regional Council Member
<gaia at wamani.apc.org>
Lucia Battegazzore, Secondary Council Member
<7generaciones at jacaranda.org>

Lucia, Luciano and son Theo of the organization Siete Generaciones, in
Uruguay are active ENA collaborators having just completed travel to
communities and Ecovillages in North America. While at the ENA Central
Office in Colorado they translated into Spanish many documents and
helped to redesign ENA web pages and a new full color trilingual
Asociacion Gaia of Argentina offers courses in Permaculture Design,
Natural Construction, Circle Dancing, Aromatherapy, etc. and are in
contact with many organizations and individuals working towards
community and/or sustainability in their region, including the
Patagonian group CIESA (centro de investigacion y estudio de agricultura
sustentable), RAOM (red de agricultura organica de Misiones) in the
Misiones region, in Cordova, Mendoza, Buenos Aires -(proyecto Ecovilla
31 en Retiro - Asociacion Camino al Sol (para niños huérfanos) - CETAR
(centro de tecnologías apropiadas). 43 Permaulturists from South and
Central America gathered at the Asociacion Gaia Ecovillage project in
Argentina for the First Latin American Permaculture Congress, March
16-April 2, 2000.
Silvia reports: "The event rapidly turned into a celebration of
information, inspiration and sharing. It  was inspiring to see the depth
and breadth of projects being developed in our continent...  Much of the
food we ate came from Gaia's gardens, beautifully prepared with love in
stoves powered by the sun or from wood grown at Gaia. We bathed in water
warmed by the sun (or locally grown wood). At night we talked and
watched slide presentations powered by Gaia's small wind farm and rested
happily in the knowledge that our wastes were being recycled on-site to
feed the soil that will grow the next rotation of crops and fruit.
Mornings we listened with enthusiasm to special presentations from
Marsha Hanzi, Beatrice Briggs, Roberto Perez Rivero, Gustavo Ramirez and
Juan Manuel Madrigal. We worked in practical exercises - mulching,
eco-construction or studying the reforestation areas, and afternoons we
shared information of mutual interest - education, networking, design
process, seed saving and appropriate technology. Later we settled down
to hear reports of projects throughout our continent. At the risk of
suffering information overload and virtual jet-lag, we traveled rapidly
from the tall Aurocaria forests of southern Brasil, to the urban poverty
of Santiago de Chile, from the Chinampas of Mexico to the cold deserts
of Patagonia, from the "Permamess" forest in urban Havana, to the
reforestation in the arid Bahia (Brasil), from recycling batteries in
Uruguay to working with rural poverty near Machu Pichu in Peru, from
medicinal plant production in Brasil to bamboo groves in the cold of
southern Chile. We crossed this wonderful continent and found
inspiration at the work and dedication of our Permaculturists. Evenings,
we had time to rest, but couldn't. We were called by the warmth of the
fire circle and the enthusiasm and exhilaration of the singing and
dancing of the Brasilian and Cuban contingents. On the last night, we
celebrated with circle dances, listened to the stunning harmonies of
"Ellas" and danced to the powerful music of the Andes with "Los Hermanos
Nieves". On the last day, with the wonderful facilitation of Bea Briggs
we formed a network of support, in part as a way of holding the sense of
family we now all felt. A network founded on openness, trust and free
interchange of ideas and information that characterized the whole event
- RAPEL, the Red de Apoyo de Permacultura Latinoamericana was born!"


Linda Joseph, Western United States Regional Council Member
<ena at ecovillage.org>
Lois Arkin, Secondary Council Member  <crsp at igc.apc.org>

EarthArt Village in Colorado is honored to become the Central Office for
ENA. Our fledgling Ecovillage project is presented at:
Lois Arkin of the Los Angeles Ecovillage (LAEV) reports:
"In our census work, we connected to a close-by Korean community
organization whose Executive Director has been "smitten" with
Ecovillage.  He has good access to the Korean media and we had good
press and television coverage in our multi-cultural census special.
Approx. 50,000 persons within a square mile of LAEV saw the Los Angeles
Ecovillage name on our large street marching banner and fliers we handed
out during our 6 week census outreach effort.

Deep ecologist and local editor for a small Spanish language newspaper
in L.A. and occasional contributor to the largest Spanish language
newspaper in L.A., Nestor Martinez came to meet us.  His book is
entitled "Anatomia de un Crimen Ambiental."  He has enthusiastically
agreed to do workshops with us in the community for the Spanish speaking

Through the EcoMaya Festival, I met two graduate students from UCLA's
graduate program in Urban Planning, one Guatamalan, the other Middle
Eastern, who are working together to develop an Ecovillage in Guatamalan
village of about 250 families.  Both are planning to move to LAEV!  The
Festival gave LAEV high visibility in its program, publicity and booth
location, resulting in several neighbors gaining a new acceptance of our
work, several nearby high school kids inquiring about volunteer work
with us, etc.
Permaculturist Bill Roley gave a slideshow talk here for about 40 people
in March. We also hosted a tour from Antioch University by a professor
teaching a class on intentional and sustainable communities. Robert
Boleman of Eugene, Oregon who gives an outstanding slideshow on
alternative building visited us and talked about his desire and vision
for starting an Ecovillage in Eugene.

We will be hosting Joel Crawford of the Netherlands at LAEV  for a talk
on his upcoming book "Carfree Cities" <http://www.carfree.com>. Two new
front yard gardens have been started here, one in front of each of the
apt. buildings. Board member, Ian McIlvaine, gifted us a Sun Mar
composting toilet. It is sitting in our lobby and I expect will generate
a lot of discussion.  I hope to have a composting toilet expert here to
give a talk."



The Amazon Nations Confederacy of Peru - Confederacion de Nacionalidades
Amazonicas del Peru - CONAP introduces its web pages about the struggle,
community life, popular culture and activities of Peruvian Indigenous
Organizations, plus legal information on the social, economic and
cultural rights of indigenous people of the world.
E-mail: conap at telematic.com.pe
Consejos Consultivos para el Desarrollo Sustentable - a listing on the
web of groups working on sustainable development in Mesoamerica
"Sustainability Review" distributed to over 2,900 subscribers from 82
countries, presents articles on people and organizations applying ideas,
methodologies and tools to achieve quality of life improvements; stories
demonstrating the integration of economic, environmental and social
equity issues for sustainable development. <http://www.eeeee.net/>
Red Ecorregional para America Latina Centro Internacional de Agricultura
Tropical CIAT
Cali, Colombia   E-mail: CIAT-REDECO at cgiar.org   http://www.redeco.org
Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization, promotes the sharing
of ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all
people can live free, dignified and productive lives. Idealist, a
project of AWB, is the richest community of nonprofit and volunteering
resources on the Web, with information provided by 20,000 organizations
in 140 countries. <http://www.idealist.org/newsletter.html>
The Biodiesel Newsletter Available online at http://www.veggievan.org
Alternative Fuel From Vegetable Oil and Other Sustainable Technologies


Living Routes, whose mission is to develop and support accredited
educational programs that empower participants to help build a
sustainable future, offers programs based in intentional communities
striving to model sustainable living, works closely with the Global
Ecovillage Network, the Fellowship for Intentional Community
(www.ic.org) and a growing consortium of Ecovillages, colleges and
universities to create globally connected, yet regionally developed
programs. <http://www.LivingRoutes.org>
E-mail: info at LivingRoutes.org.
    Aug 18Sirius, Massachusetts; Ecovillage at Ithaca, NY - USA
    Dec 9Findhorn Foundation, SCOTLAND
Guatemalan Solar Project - An interactive eco-voyage, eVoyage is an
educational expedition to increase awareness of sustainable technologies
throughout the Americas, beginning with a solar power workshop and
installation in the highlands of Guatemala. E-mail:
Tickell at veggievan.org  <http://www.eVoyage.org>
Sept 1-3. Twin Oaks Communities Conference: A weekend of workshops,
community-building and fun, exploring topics such as intentional
relationships, group decision-making, living sustainably and more.
Louisa VA. <http://www.twinoaks.org/cmty/cconf/>  E-mail:
conference at twinoaks.org   800-995-8342
June 18-July 15  Global Living Project Summer Institute - a team of 15
researchers, educators, students and activists will monitor their
ecological footprint and life quality for 4 weeks and publish a report
of their findings. http://www.netidea.com/~jmerkel/Global Living Project

GR4 C.17  RR#1
September 17-22, THE MILLENIUM SOLAR FORUM 2000 in Mexico, at the Mexico
City Center of Business and Commerce (Centro de Negocios y Comercio de
la Ciudad de Mexico ­ CENEYCO,) - theme this year is to bring in the new
century and millennium in solar energy and to give the world a preview
of what the future will bring in sustainable energy, with opportunities
to visit Mexico's Institutes and Centers for solar research and
establish personal contacts with Mexico's science and industry
professionals. Contact: Laura Kuri  Tel (52) 5622 9737, (52) 7 325 0052
ext 29737, Fax (52) 7 325 0018
iseseco at mazatl.cie.unam.mx    <http://www.anes.org>
ENA's Calendar of regularly updated listings and Guidelines for Calendar
entries:  <http://ena.ecovillage.org/calendar>



Utopian Ecovillage Network in Ecuador <http://www.uevn.org/>
Tropical hilly geographical paradise in Ecuador. Intentional community
with a self-sufficient goal, seeks people who have a strong desire to
live communally. Part of a network of intentional communities worldwide,
linked with similar values to support each other for the creation of a
new society.
Phone: 011-593-7-579-285 or 500-443-4613   Address: Apartado Postal 533,
Loja, Ecuador
Email: uevn @uevn.org
The 3rd edition of the FIC's "Communities Directory 200" is now
<http://directory.ic.org/>    800-462-8240  email: order at ic.org
Trees For Airmiles: GEN Americas planted approx. 260 trees in the first
quarter of 2000. We estimate the average life span at conservatively 50
years, which suggests that these trees can be applied to partially
compensate 625,000 passenger airmiles, 30,000 automobile miles or some
combination thereof.


We care deeply about encouraging people of the Americas to think about,
openly discuss and enhance strategies for the creation of Ecovillages
and sustainable lifestyles in their regions.  Any improvements you can
recommend for this newsletter will be most welcomed. In order to be
included, an article must be brief, sustainability related and relevant
to a broad audience of Ecovillagers and community organizations.

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