Some years ago, I was part of a group that set out to create a community where we could work toward living with less impact on the environment. One of the first steps we took was to write down a list of principles to guide us as we worked to turn our vision into reality. At the top of the list were "community" and "sustainability." (The others, if you're curious, were "unity," "beauty," and "equity.") The village people: Cobb Hill community members. Photo: Cobb Hill Cohousing. As I was one of the chief drafters of these principles, I took them …
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Elizabeth Sawin is a mother, biologist, and systems analyst. A member of Cobb Hill Cohousing, she lives on an organic farm in Hartland, Vt. She works at the Sustainability Institute, a think-do tank founded by Donella Meadows.