Ecovillage New Jersey (EVNJ) is excited to offer Cohousing: Getting it Built, a one-day workshop on Wednesday, June 5th, in Central New Jersey by Charles Durrett, one of the founders of the Cohousing movement in North America. Chuck's experience is grounded in 25 years designing over fifty socially vibrant and environmentally sustainable communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
EVNJ is a Meetup Group that has been educating New Jerseyans for the past several years about cohousing and ecovillage living. We are seeking to attract potential residents, both owners and renters, property owners, architects, planners and developers to this workshop, in order to have the needed resources to build NJ's first ecovillage or cohousing community.
Our mission, stated simply, is to assist communities in dealing with the impacts of climate change -- with education on issues that can affect their long term ability to regenerate their ecological and economic systems, to provide local government institutions with advice and assistance, and to provide small businesses and non-profit organizations with financial resources to mitigate climate change, especially in LMI areas.
In addition to our two primary programs -- PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and alternative Regenerative Financing models, which are designed to provide flexible and attractive clean energy financing -- we have been extensively involved in efforts to develop new eco-communities, devise a global monetary policy and complementary currency for climate mitigation, and develop local green cooperatives to assist communities with creating greater economic resilience. We are currently a fiscal sponsor to three of these programs, and provide additional support in a variety of ways, including assistance with web sites, grant applications, fundraising, etc.