Tours

REGULAR  TOURS ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or crsp@igc.org
Tour only:  $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or crsp@igc.org
Tour only:  $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or crsp@igc.org
Tour only:  $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or crsp@igc.org
Tour only:  $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or crsp@igc.org
Tour only:  $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)

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Sometimes, a veggie lunch is provided if there is at least 10 lunch reservations two days prior to the tour.  Let us know your interest.   Veggie lunch: $10.  Tour and vegetarian lunch:  $20 per person.

We will email you a tour a day or two before the tour, and let you know if we can confirm any lunch reservations.

You are also welcome to bring a brown bag and join the lunch discussion after the tour, or continue dialogue at one of the nearby inexpensive restaurants.

  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*:   crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254.  Please include your phone number and zip code,  and a note if you are requesting a lunch reservation.
  • Special Tours can be arranged by appointment. Minimum charge is $50 or $10 per person, whichever is more. Special tours that include lunch can be arranged for $25 per person.
  • Location: Tour starts at 117 Bimini Place in L.A. Eco-Village,  Los Angeles 90004
    (On google maps or see directions page).
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Please do not bring your pets on the tour.  We love dogs and cats but do not allow them on our main property.

The tour covers the following:

  1. Introductions and interests among members of tour group.
  2. History and context for the L.A. Eco-Village
  3. Definition of an ecovillage and our place in the international movement for more sustainable communities.
  4. Walking tour to observe actual conditions, actual and planned changes to the neighborhood as well as visionary possibilities.
  5. On-going questions and answers throughout the tour with Eco-Village guide(s).
  6. Problems and progress in healthy development of an intentional community.
  7. What you need to know if you are considering entering a process with us or starting ecovillage processes in your own neighborhood.
  8. * For what else you will see and hear about on the tour, scroll toward bottom of this page.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS,  PLAN TO STAY FOR THE “AFTER-TOUR” DIALOG FOR  ANOTHER HOUR OR SO.

  • Introduction to Permaculture concepts.
  • The Ecological Systems of L.A. Eco-Village: water, energy, wastes, housing retrofits, transportation, food production, land use.
  • The Economic Systems of L.A. Eco-Village: Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative, Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, Ecological Revolving Loan Fund, Echo Park Time Bank, Green Business Development.
  •  The Social Systems of L.A. Eco-Village: meeting processes, committees, communications, decision making, conflict, education and training, community meals, work parties, housekeeping, children, art, social activities.
  •  Working with the Public Sector: Housing Department,  Neighborhood Councils, School District, Council Office, Mayor’s Office, Health Department, Congressional Office.

Let us know of your particular interests.

If you have already been on a tour, you are welcome to attend the “after-tour” dialog starting at 1pm on any regular tour day at no charge.  Let us know if you are planning to attend.

A SAMPLING OF GROUPS THAT HAVE TOURED L.A. ECO-VILLAGE

Colleges and Universities
– Azusa-Pacific Student groups
– Cal Poly Pomona Architecture class
– Golden West College class on culture and zero waste
-Loyola-Marymount Womens’ Studies class
– Montreal Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre urbanisation, culture et société
– Mira Costa college
– Occidental College: Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
– Soka University
– UCLA Faculty in Residence
– UCLA class on Social Sustainability
– UCLA Sustainable Community class
– USC Impact group
– Vancouever College University, Environmental Aesthetics class
– Woodbury College, Dept. of Marketing

K-12 Schools
– Armenian Sisters Academy Middle School, Montrose
– Camino Nuevo charter high school
– Camino Nuevo charter middle school
– Flintridge Preparatory
– Frank del Olmo 4th grade kids
– King Middle School kids
– Hale Charter Academy
– Oakwood school
– Port of Los Angeles High School Charter
– South High School charter AP Environmental Science class
– Virgil Middle School
– West High School, English and TV Production class

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– Bresee Youth
– BuroHappold Engineering
– Camp Balboa Harbonam Dror
– Echo Park Time Bank
– Girl Scouts, So. Pasadena
– Harbonim Youth
– IKOR Group
– Institute for Post Modern Development of China at Claremont
– Japanese student tour from Tokyo
– Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, SoCal Leadership Network
– Neighborhood Youth Alliance
– Rampart Village Neighborhood Council
– Thai Trade Commission
– Turning Points Foundation
– Verde Concepts

Public Sector Tours
– City of Burbank staff
– City of Los Angeles Planning Dept. staff
– Council General of Thailand and staff
– Rampart Village Neighborhood Council
– Taiwan EPA staff
– U.S. State Dept. Sister City Youth Ambassadors

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*WHAT ELSE YOU WILL SEE OR HEAR ABOUT ON THE LOS ANGELES ECO-VILLAGE TOUR

The LAEV neighborhood consists of the two blocks of Bimini and White House Place in the north end of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown area of Los Angeles, about three miles west of downtown LA.  LAEV is a place name.

The LAEV Intentional Community consists of approximately 40 persons who have moved to the LAEV neighborhood intending to demonstrate more ecological and cooperative living patterns: socially, economically and ecologically.  We’re about reinventing how we live in the city in ways that can expand public options for a higher quality of life at a much lower environmental impact.  Here is a sampling of how we’re doing it so far:

SOCIALLY

  • Weekly community meetings where decisions are made by consensus, along with many standing and ad hoc committees
  • Shared meals one or two times each week attended by 15 to 25 members.
  • Celebrations of holidays, birthdays, equinoxes and solstices
  • Shared art projects
  • Community work parties
  • Conflict resolution team that mediates conflicts, as needed
  • On-going public education, training and outreach activities to expand public awareness about sustainable urban living patterns via the internet, public talks, fairs, conferences and the media

 ECOLOGICALLY

  • Permaculture approach to land use, demonstrating the integration of social, economic and ecological systems
  • Grey water systems
  • Solar energy and water systems
  • Developing and caring for gardens and orchards
  • Beekeeping and chickens (we don’t eat them)
  • Primarily human transport via bikes rather than cars
  • Composting of kitchen and green wastes
  • Organic vegetable gardens and orchards
  • Energy and water conservation consciousness and practices
  • Radically reducing conventional consumption patterns by sharing and exchanging material possessions
  • Emphasis on use of local, recycled, least polluting, least toxic building materials
  • Development of multi-school learning garden on northeast corner of Bimini and White House Place

ECONOMICALLY

  • Development of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust for stewarding land in the neighborhood, currently owns land under three multi-family buildings.
  • Development of the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative, whose members own two adjacent multi-family apartment buildings consisting of 45 units of permanently affordable housing
  • Development of a local produce and bulk foods cooperative known as the Food Lobby
  • Development of ecological revolving loan fund for green business development and land and building acquisitions and retrofitting within the Los Angeles Eco-Village
  • Incubating of small businesses: the original Bicycle Kitchen, Cafecito Organico (now has five cafes), Relampago Wheelery (battery free lighting for bicycles), Tool Shoppe, art and sewing studios
  • Providing a fiscal umbrella for the Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks (now its own nonprofit organization), LAEV Family Childcare Center, the Food Lobby co-op.
  • Training of LAEV residents in building management and building trade skills

    handout May 2016

 

 

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Contact Information

117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles CA 90004
crsp@igc.org