How do I become a member or learn more?
To learn more about the membership process and weather or not new members are currently being invited to join, please fill out the Contact Form.
How can I participate if I don’t want to live at the Ecovillage?
If you would like to contribute your skills or services to the project at this phase, please let us know. The following skills would be helpful:
- Grant Writing
- Financial/Fundraising Advising
- Architecture Services
- Graphic Design
- Social Media Marketing
- Advice and input on community policies and procedures
- Working on clearing trails and trash from the land
How can I meet the current members?
If you would like to meet the current members or find out more about the membership process, please fill out the Contact Form and let us know more about yourself and when/how would be the best way to contact you. We also try to host a social event each month at a community member’s home.
What is an Ecovillage?
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.
For definitions of other terms, please visit the Resources Page.
What is Cohousing?
A self-managed community where residents live in private homes 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, but few models exist for dense urban environments, and fewer for live/work environments.
For definitions of other terms, please visit the Resources Page to see our Glossary of Terms.
Where will the KC ARTS Ecovillage be located?
We have purchased 7.5 acres 5-10 minutes to the East of the Plaza/UMKC area in the Kansas City, Missouri city limits. We may have the ability to purchase 10-20 more acres nearby over time. We are currently working on a site development plan as well as feasibility and cost estimate exercises for this property. We should have more information to share publicly by Spring/Summer 2018.
How many people will live at the Ecovillage?
The number of people in our community will greatly depend on our final site plan, but the ideal number is 20-40 individuals or 8-15 households. The group is very open to supporting more than one community and/or location, if needed.
How do I know if I would be a good fit?
The focus of our community is on environmental sustainability, art and play and community involvement (both in our ecovillage community and in the Kansas City community as a whole). We are a group with no religious or ideological affiliations.
While intentional communities are not for everyone, our group is not a commune. Instead, we are focused on living in cohousing where members have separate units and private space, yet share some meals and common spaces.
How is urban ecovillage living better for the environment and the City of Kansas City, Missouri?
First and foremost, we want to live a different lifestyle out of personal choice. We feel that this will enrich our own lives. Yet, we also see the benefit to sharing our experiences in living more sustainably with our neighbors and community in the hopes that the steps we are taking to live more environmentally conscience make it easier for others.
Some of the ways that we plan to live more sustainably could include:
- Increased energy efficiency and neighborhood environmental conservation.
- This could include solar and wind power, geothermal systems, energy star appliances, LED lighting throughout our personal and community spaces, retro commissioning boiler/HVAC, encouraging the use of public and people-powered (walking/biking) transit
- We are looking into a community and/or neighborhood transportation co-op that could include the following.
- Hybrid and/or electric cars
- Demonstrating the use and benefits of the following.
- Rain gardens
- Hiking and biking trails
- Reduction/elimination of the need for mowing a property, but with thoughtful and beautiful landscaping design
- Graywater systems
- Natural materials to replace pavement and concrete
- Introduction of more native plants
- Rain barrels
- Composting of leaves and food waste
- Recycling in the proper way
- Organic gardening
- Maintaining wooded and wild lands
- No dangerous or environmentally toxic chemicals used on the property