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), www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org 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, www.enviro-center.com, 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 www.dcgreenworks.org 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, www.GoodTreeVillage.org . 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 http://www.threegrovesecovillage.org/, 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