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Creating Sustainable Communities – Resources

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This document provides access to resources and information on creating sustainable communities.

Furniture Removal

Here’s a great resource from This Old House offering a list of charities that remove furniture for free.

“Whether you’re downsizing to a small condo or upgrading to your dream home, you may discover that moving your current furniture to a new environment just doesn’t work. If you want to skip the hassle of selling your items, you can have a charity pick them up—often for free. Donating unwanted furniture is a charitable act, especially given rising costs and recession worries among customers. It can provide indirect assistance to an organization that helps people. It’s also more sustainable than simply throwing your furniture away, helping to keep furniture out of landfills.” [Learn More]

Resource Directory

  • Abundance-Ecovillage.com – “The idea for the Abundance EcoVillage Project was born of frustration and dissatisfaction with a way of living that is not healthy for the earth or it’s inhabitants. In a conventional home, subdivision, village, or city, the options provided for energy, water, waste handling, built environment, landscape, food, transportation, and a livelihood are grossly out of tune with the growing desire of many people to live as responsible citizens on the earth, in harmony with our planetary resources and our fellow creature inhabitants.”
  • BigGreenSummer.com – Big Green Summer grew out of an informal internship program started in 1998 at Surya Nagar Farm (Iowa and Hawaii – http://www.solarfarm.com) and in 2000 at Abundance Ecovillage (Iowa – http://www.abundance-ecovillage.com) that has served hundreds of students. This program was developed and directed by Big Green Summer founders Lonnie and Valerie Gamble.
  • Bike Friendly Communities – Excellent way to promote healthy and eco-friendly development.
  • CarFree.com
  • CoHousing.org – Cohousing communities combine the advantages of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors. These intentional neighborhoods, created and managed by residents, offer an innovative solution to today’s environmental and social challenges.
  • Community Solution – “We envision a country where the population is distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally sophisticated.”
  • Iowa Center on Sustainable Communities
  • RenewFairfield.com – Online encyclopedia of resources and information. “This web site was begun as a collaborative project in the fall of 2006 by the students of a solar energy course (titled”The Energy Basis of Man and Nature“), which is part of the four-year Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management.”
  • SFEnvironment – San Francisco Environmental Initiative
  • Silver Sage Village
  • SolarFarm.com – “Surya Nagar is Sanskrit for “Home of the Sun”, and the mission of Surya Nagar is to implement and teach how man can create a life based on solar energy. We operate a farm, offer internships, host visitors, and offer educational programs such permaculture design certificate courses.”
  • Stop the Waste
  • Strong Towns
  • Sustain Lane – 2006 Top Ranked Sustainable Cities

Document History

  • 17 Apr 2023 at 8:00 PM CT — Document updated to use WordPress Block Layout formatting. Legacy dormant Google AdSense advertising code removed.
  • 16 Apr 2008 at 10:36 AM CT — Original document created and posted.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com