Book Review: "...a real, practical book that makes living sustainably not just admirable but desirable. And possible. "

September 17th... 20 Year Anniversary!

We've been at it for twenty years.  I want to share our press release with you.  It's been quite a journey and I'm looking forward to all that is yet to come!  It's been an incredibly rich experience for us all in truly learning to live sustainably that anyone can learn from and adopt or adapt to their life.

Press Release

Cohousing Conference and Slow Living Summit!

I've been invited to speak at two wonderful events and will report back to you!

The National Cohousing Conference in Washington, D.C. - I'll be the opening plenary speaker in June, 2011 and the Slow Living Summit in Vermont, a first for me that sounds very exciting! 

"Wonderfull" Stuff!

It's always remarkable the wonderful stuff that happens that is not necessarily expected.  During my book tour some wonderful unexpected opportunities happened as a result of Ann Zabaldo and Arlene Muzyka who were instrumental in creating the book tour.  My book was prominently featured on the  website (which has 15 million subscribers), under "Green Living" with a special book give-away. Last I looked there were about 120 posted  comments, which continued even after the 4 day time-frame for showcasing my book.  I was also interviewed by Gloria Minott of WPFW on 5/11/2011 on the morning news. This is a progressive, D.C. radio station. My book was favorably reviewed by Rebecca Disbrow on the MAC blog, and she recently interviewed me in depth about writing the book for another article. There were some nice follow-ups on various websites of the groups I visited as well.

One of the great benefit of being "on the road" are the people I had the pleasure of meeting.  This included an hour long talk with Jim Baird, Mid-Atlantic States Director of American Farmland Trust, and Jane Kirchner, senior director of marketing and communications. I gave them a copy of my book, and they seemed very interested in having some connection with EVI. They were intrigued by the combination of dense residential living with preservation of farm-land, and may be interested in having me talk about the ecovillage concept to their statewide members in NY. Arlene and I also had a first-rate tour with Peter Kjellerup, co-founder of Dansko, the shoe company. They have quite a remarkable state-of the art green building for their showcase, outside of Philadelphia, and Peter and his wife Mandy both got interested in cohousing and ecovillages through my talk at Stroud, three years ago. They recently joined Three Groves EcoVillage. Their very strong commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability is wonderful!

May Book Tour Venues

The book tour went very well, overall, and led to some fabulous connections and publicity. The tour was organized by Ann Zabaldo of the Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Association (MAC),  I travelled with TREE member Arlene Muzyka, who not only helped Ann to organize the tour, but shared driving, sold books, and was a great companion.

I spoke at four venues:

--The first was at the Enviro Center outside of Baltimore, MD,, which was co-sponsored by the Green Building Institute.   It was wonderful that the Executive Director of the Green Building Inst. purchased a book to give to Governor O'Malley.
--The next day I spoke at Eastern Village Cohousing, in Silver Spring, MD. to a group of about 50 people, including cohousers, planners, architects, students, etc. It was co-sponsored by DC Greenworks  which develops green roofs in the D.C. area.
--The third night I spoke in Alexandria, VA. to a group of about 25 people. This was a fascinating venue, because it was organized by a Muslim cohousing group, Good Tree Village, . Most of the women wore head-scarves, and one even wore a full burqua. I was fascinated to see the interest generated in the ecovillage/cohousing concept by my talk in this largely immigrant community. They told me that it would be much easier for immigrant populations to adopt cohousing, since they are much more used to community than Americans!
--My final presentation was the largest, with about 70 people, at the Stroud Water Research Center, where I had spoken three years ago. This was an important kick-off for the sponsoring group, Three Groves Ecovillage, before they have a series of Design Charettes with their architect this summer. Their plan is to build the first net-zero energy community in the country. I was tickled that they had a new

Three Groves Ecovillage kicked off design phase with Liz Walker event

Some related book tour activity!   (source: Chester County Press)

Three Groves Ecovillage is beginning the intensive design phase of their project to build a net-zero-energy neighborhood near West Grove.  To kick off these efforts, the group is hosting a presentation and book signing by Liz Walker, author of Choosing a Sustainable Future and EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture. The event will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Stroud Water Research Center, 970 Spencer Road, Avondale Pa.  A reception and book-signing will follow the presentation.

"Our two-years of hard work has paid off," said Anthony Aufdenkampe, future resident of the Three Groves Ecovillage. "In October, our proposed ecovillage zoning was unanimously passed by London Grove Township supervisors, and this winter we secured investor funds for the intensive, and expensive, full design process, which we start on June 4." 

Radio Interview in the DC area!

I'm going to be doing an interview with Gloria Minott on WPFW tomorrow at 9:50 a.m.  I'm looking forward to sharing about Choosing a Sustainable Future with Gloria's listeners in the greater Washington D.C. area!  WPFW at 89.3 is public radio dedicated to programming which reflects progressive social change and democracy.

Great News: Mid-Atlantic Book Tour! National Award!

I'll be doing a four day Book Tour next week, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Association, with the venues listed below. If you know of anyone who lives in the D.C. or Philadelphia area who might be interested, please consider inviting them to attend one of the events. Many thanks go to Arlene Muzyka from TREE, and Ann Zabaldo from MAC who have been setting it up.

I just found out that my book got a national award! It is the IPPY award for books from independent publishers, and it is a bronze for Social Activism/ Charity in the 2011 Living Now Books. Yay!

BOOK TOUR DETAILSCHOOSING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE  - BOOK TOUR - May 12-15th   We all want a sustainable future, but what does it look like, and how do we get there?

Liz Walker, co-founder of the EcoVillage at Ithaca and co-developer of its three cohousing communities, points the way forward in her new book Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY.

Choosing a Sustainable Future looks at sustainability from a "whole systems" approach integrating the three spheres of environmental, economic and social sustainability thereby creating powerful community cohesion. 

Find out more about this whole systems approach and meet Liz herself at one of the author events in an upcoming book tour sponsored by Mid Atlantic Cohousing May 12-15, 2011 here in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC and Virginia areas. 

Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Author Event
Presentation and book signing!
Hosted by The Green Building Institute
The Enviro Center, Jessup MD
7761 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Tel: (443) 733-1212
$10 donation to defray cost

Friday, May 13, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Author presentation, book signing & green roof tour
C-o-sponsored by DC Greenworks and Mid Atlantic Cohousing
7981 Eastern Ave, Silver Spring, MD
 Accessible by Metro and Metro Bus.

Saturday, May 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Presentation and book signing
Hosted by Good Tree Village Cohousing
MAS Community Center
6408 Edsall Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312

Sunday, May 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and book signing
Hosted by Three Groves EcoVillage
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, PA 19311
Contact:  Anthony Aufdenkampe,
Mobile phone:  484-748-0252

Please check our website for additional venues. Come to an event!