Intentional EcoVillage Takes Shape In Virginia

Green co-housing enthusiasts of Virginia, take note: The Floyd EcoVillage, a new intentional community focused on bringing together people who want to live and work “in an environment that encourages sustainability, personal growth and lifelong learning” is coming to the New River Valley.

Every building planned here, which include duplexes and single family homes, will be built to a high energy conservation standard using as many locally harvested building materials as possible. Some will be built by the homeowner, others by the community (to be offered as rental or leased housing) but the overall goal here is ambitious: a net-zero energy use plan. The development will encompass 75 acres.

Floyd EcoVillage under construction

image via Floyd EcoVillage

What about that “personal growth and lifelong learning,” you ask? We imagine this aspect of the EcoVillage is centered around the fact that it will feature a “Community Center” building (currently in the final stages of construction) designed to be both a central gathering space for the community and a place where event facilitators can offer workshops and other educational events (as well as a large “Celebration Hall” for events ranging from theater, dance, and musical performances, to workshops, conferences and weddings).

The “Conversation Cafe “will also give residents a central gathering place, via a small restaurant and community dining room, while offering them access to a commercially certified kitchen (presumably for the production of artisan food products grown in the community’s organic gardens).

In addition to the units and lots for sale, the privately funded development will feature a lodge for overnight guests and long-term rentals alike.

Oh, and did we mention the Floyd EcoVillage will also have its own alternative high school? The “Buffalo Academy” will utilize the Community Center, organic gardens and other resources at the Floyd EcoVillage to facilitate “project-oriented applied learning.”

More information is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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