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New Jersey Higher Education
Partnership for Sustainability

"It Takes an EcoVillage: Modeling the Sustainable and Resilient Cities of Tomorrow"

  • 28 Mar 2013
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey, Pavilion.
Liz Walker is co-founder and executive director of EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) (www.ecovillageithaca.org ), founded 22 years ago as a “living laboratory” of sustainable practices and a model sustainable intentional community in the Northeast.

A well known leader on ecovillages and sustainable communities, she is author of EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture, (2005, New Society Publishers). She has helped to introduce the concepts of ecovillages and sustainable
communities to a broad audience in the U.S. and abroad. She was a founding board member of Gaia Education, which teaches sustainability around the world.

Her most recent book, Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, New York, (October, 2010, New Society) www.liz-walker.org demonstrates the power of sustainable communities. The book received a “2011 Living Now Book” award
from the Independent Publishers. The volume is based on the blooming sustainability movement in the region around the Ecovillage to which Liz has contributed significantly.

She is a founding member of the Partnership for Sustainability Education between Ithaca College and EcoVillage Ithaca, which in turn helped to catalyze Sustainable Tompkins and Ithaca Carshare. She has served on the Cayuga Sustainability Council
and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative. She is coordinator for an EPA Climate Showcase Communities grant in conjunction with Tompkins County Planning Department. The grant aims to popularize lessons learned from EcoVillage Ithaca and
apply them to mainstream development.
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