Tobias A. Fox is the Managing Director of Science and Sustainability Newark, a grass roots organization implements various initiatives to increase awareness of environmental issues through educational programs and hands-on training. We strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment. We are achieving this by partnering with residents, community-based organizations and stakeholders, including local businesses
He will be talking about how to grow an urban Ecovillage that involves the neighborhood residents. www.sasglocal.com
We promised you that 2017 would be a year of action, and we’re delivering — through your commitment and involvement!
This month we’ll flesh out our organization structure.
We use “circles” as the basis for decision-making. We already have three location circles – urban, town/suburban, and rural. Each has begun to research potential sites for an Ecovillage. Where do you dream of living? Join that circle!
This month we’re creating three functional circles: People, Place and Prosperity. These three high-level circles will be further divided into circles (teams) to study and make recommendations that will lead to multiple NJ Ecovillages (e.g., Site Selection, Membership/Fundraising, Marketing/Outreach, Education, Budgeting/Finance, etc.).
Do you want to live in an Ecovillage? Then you must help us build one. Where do you want to live? In a city, town, suburb. or in a rural setting?
Join us next week as we plan for our new homes together in cooperation and harmony with nature. We will be researching suitable locations, local real estate and zoning laws, and laws restricting the arrangements, technologies, and activities we expect to have in our village. We will also do outreach to the community, and align with existing organizations and cooperatives. Help us make Ecovillages a reality in the Garden State!
Urban Action Circle
Monday March 6, at 7 PM
The Home of Larry White
100 Huguenot Ave. Apt. 6 B
Englewood NJ (Exit 71 on the Turnpike, Grand Ave. on Rt. 4)
RSVP by phone please!
Town/Suburb Action Circle
Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
The Home of Fran Schultz
280 Main Street Little Falls, NJ
If you are new to the group or just checking us out come anyway. For any newcomers to this group, be sure to park in a visitor parking space, when you come in my building there is a buzzer panel to the left of the door. If that doesn’t work for some reason call my cell (973-803-2896) Please RSVP to let me know if you plan on coming.
Rural Action Circle
Wednesday, March 8, at 7 PM
The Home of Victoria Zelin and Jonathan Cloud
8 Revere Dr., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 [Note: Use “Bedminster” in Google Maps, because we’re right on the town line] 908-581-8418 or 908-507-3150
We’ll be talking about everything related to building an ecovillage, growing food, creating a co-op, and supporting other enterprises, specifically focused on the sites we’ve recently been discussing. If you would like to attend, but can’t be here in person, you can call in via Skype (just let us know if that’s your preference). Please RSVP to [email protected]. Thanks
Sunday, February 19 — Noon to 4:00pm 794 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
After our traditional noon to 1 pm pot luck lunch, we will have Jack Carman, President of Design for Generations LLC, a landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in the analysis, planning, design and management of outdoor spaces. The goal of Jack’s designs for permaculture gardens and natural areas is to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of elders. His experience could be readily applicable within the ecovillage context. Jack recently visited the Ecovillage at Ithaca and is very supportive of the concept.
There’s been some interest in the idea of locating one of our New Jersey ecovillage communities in the Princeton area. So we’ve scheduled our next Meetup there — right down the block from where Albert Einstein used to live!
Sunday, February 19 — Noon to 4:00pm
794 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Ecovillage NJ is forming Action Circles to actively plan and grow 1 to 4 cooperative communities in the Garden State in the next 2 years.
We have 4 circles to choose from: urban, town, suburban, and rural. Our first meetings are next week, and listed below. We will be discussing structure, decision making within the circle, assigning tasks to be completed between meetings, and conference calls for task groups. We anticipate monthly meetings of the action circles in addition to the monthly Meetups, and will have shorter meetings at the Meetups to absorb new members and follow up on business and tasks.We have hundreds of people on our mailing list. This year, we are asking for one hundred of you to step forward and make a commitment of time and money to make this dream a reality. Whether you are ready to move into an Ecovillage, or just want to be a part of their birth, we invite you to step up your involvement. We will not succeed without your vision, passion, and energy! If you are unable to attend, contact the host for the meeting of your choice, and join us on Feb. 19th in Princeton for our monthly Meetup and fold into the circle there. (For locations and contact information, continue reading...)
Come and celebrate our first Ecovillage NJ Holiday Party! We’ll start with our traditional potluck at noon — accompanied by live music — and then will convene sometime after 2 pm for news, sharing, learning and discussion. This may be the best opportunity to bring children, as we will spend a good amount of time just getting to know each other.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 — to
Zelin / Cloud Home — 8 Revere Drive, Bedminster, NJ*
Added attraction!! We’ll be privileged to be entertained by the folksinger and “Bard Insurgent” Tom Neilson. Tom won the 2016 IMA Peoples Choice “Song of the Year for Social Action” award. Combining art with activism, he’s appeared with Medea Benjamin, Amy Goodman, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn and many others. Now he’ll be able to add EcoVillage New Jersey to that illustrious list!
Join us to hear our plans and participate with the EcoVillagers Alliance (EVA). EVA is a group of professionals who have developed a cooperative-based process for establishing ecovillage communities — which will be the focus of an inaugural regional EcoVillagers Cooperative (EVC) Assembly in the spring.
Important! We have a growing number of study groups that are gathering between the monthly Meetups. If you are not yet part of a study group, need to change your group or want to join one, please email or call Victoria Zelin at [email protected] or 908 507 3150.
Successful EcoVillages are built by people who understand what cooperative living is all about. Our coach in setting up an EcoVillage in NJ, the EcoVillagers Alliance, recommends that we form small, local “Study Groups” to discuss readings, and begin to bond with one another. Study groups meet between sessions, and report on their learnings at the larger Meetups.Continue reading →
We are a new Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) seeking to organize, incubate, and invest in shared-equity, cooperatively-owned neighborhoods across the United States, beginning with a 2017 phase focused on Mid-Atlantic cities.
Before building ecovillages, we are building an investment and solidarity network.Continue reading →