Kailash Ecovillage is in Portland, Oregon on 2 acres in a suburban neighborhood. They have 60 adult residents and 10 children. They’ve been established since 2007. The property was a former apartment complex.
Mission: Providing a sustainable, beautiful, and safe living environment for individual residents as well as the greater community.
Sustainability: organic gardening, composting, local food production, frugal use of energy and resources, alternative sources of energy and water, reducing, reusing, recycling, human-powered transport•
Safety - ensuring community safety through a stringent screening process, neighbors looking out for each other, and other measures
Respect - for other beings and our earth
Diversity - our community includes different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, incomes, ages, family types, sexual orientations, and spiritual paths
Note: This is the only community we've visited that had more than one or two people of color living in it. It also had the most diverse income streams.
Children and elders
Each others’ privacy
Vegan community gatherings and celebrations: maintaining a vegan community meal allows all residents to participate. We welcome individuals to share any other dietary restrictions.
Education: learning amongst ourselves and teaching the larger community about sustainability
Open-mindedness: welcoming new ideas
Experimentation: exploring new methods of sustainable urban living
Social Dynamics: Most of the residents are in their late 20s-mid-30s but the ages range from Early 20s-mid 70s. The children range from infant-16 yrs. Everyone other than the community managers has a job off the property or remotely online.
Because there are 70 people living in one complex that work outside of the home, interaction among the residents is only by choice. There are opportunities for frequent shared meals, events, various community clubs and groups offered that many are involved in and they meet for and meetings.
Infrastructure: The main building consists of 30 one-bedroom apartments and two 2-bedroom apartments. An adjacent house serves as living space and office for the community managers. It has an additional unit with 4 rooms with a shared kitchen, patio, and courtyard.
They have many shared areas, including a community room, shared laundry and mailroom, recycling and composting areas, bike storage and repair station, and a guest room.
Electricity: The manager/office house is solar-powered. The other residents pay a monthly bill for city power. Many pay a small premium fee for the energy to come from wind power.