REGULAR TOURS ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:
NOTE: Reservations required: 213/738-1254 or email@example.com
Tour only: $10 (self-selected sliding scale ok; cash or checks
made out to “CRSP” accepted at the door)
Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Date Changes: Do check back regularly because sometimes these dates change. If you make a reservation and the date changes, we will notify you.
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 confirmation 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*: firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Introductions and interests among members of tour group.
- History and context for the L.A. Eco-Village
- Definition of an ecovillage and our place in the international movement for more sustainable communities.
- Walking tour to observe actual conditions, actual and planned changes to the neighborhood as well as visionary possibilities.
- On-going questions and answers throughout the tour with Eco-Village guide(s).
- Problems and progress in healthy development of an intentional community.
- What you need to know if you are considering entering a process with us or starting ecovillage processes in your own neighborhood.
- * 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
– 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
– Bresee Youth
– BuroHappold Engineering
– Camp Balboa Harbonam Dror
– Christian Community Development Association
– 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
– Silverlake TimeBank
– 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
*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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Acquisition (October 2016) of north corner auto shop and café property for redevelopment into mixed use, car-free, permanently affordable “tiny” apartment cohousing community with co-op oriented businesses.handout October 2016