Sustainable community focused living in Kansas City

The Focus of Our Group

A few terms which help define who we are


A community that strives to be have a “low ecological impact” and be self-sustaining through the use of energy saving, resource recycling, and energy producing systems and practices. Most ecovillages are intentional communities whose goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.


A self-managed community where residents live in private units but share access to community facilities and resources for social and practical benefits. Shared activities include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and community governance. The concept of “cohousing” began in Denmark in the 1960’s. Today there are hundreds of cohousing communities throughout the world and cohousing is a growing movement.


Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions. Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands.


The term permaculture combines the words permanent and culture, or permanent and agriculture. The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term. Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for city and country.

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There is another way to Live

Exploring ways to live more sustainably in the urban core
Our Commitments

In order to move towards more sustainable urban living, we plan on doing the following as a community

  • Become a 10% Community

    We plan to more strongly consider the environmental costs of our choices of what we use, and by reducing our use of non-renewable energy and other resources by 90%.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Share More

    We plan to reduce our personal and community waste by 75% by using less, sharing more, recycling, and exploring other ways to live more sustainably in an urban environment.

  • More Self-Sufficent

    We plan to supplement our personal and community food supply by growing produce ourselves onsite and partnering with local farmers and food producers, eating locally produced food as often as possible.

  • Committed to Community

    Our community will share dinners together at least 2-3 times a week, as eating together has been shown to increase interpersonal relationships and stronger community/

Founding Members

Who we are and what we are passionate about
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Zay Thompson

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Stacey Lindgren

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Justin Lasater

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Shannon Lasater

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Craig Nelson

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Elizabeth Nelson

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Eliza Cantlay


“Community is the secret ingredient in sustainability.”
-Jim Leach, green builder and cohousing developer

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