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Links to External Resources

These are some good resource links. We make these available to aid you in your community development. Links by topic:

General, Eco-Village, Ag/Aquaculture, Building, Green Building, Sustainability, Energy, Communities

General / Comprehensive Resources

This is the most complete technical site for eco villages so far http://openfarmtech.org/wiki/Global_Village_Construction_Set

The Grandfather of the movement in US thefarmcommunity.com

Dream Green Homes is a website offering many examples, descriptions and links to architects / designers of sustainable / alternative building methods. Floor plans with some structural detail are offered in CAD or PDF formats. Dream Green Homes

Eco Village Contacts / Examples

Author on sustainability in Tucson jamesmacadam.com

Sustainable organization Tres English is eco village wizard sustainabletucson.org

Planning company doing project in Oracle globalecovillage.com

Design company villagehabitat.com

Milagro CoHousing  in Tucson milagrocohousing.org

Los Angeles super organized  laecovillage.org

Intentional Communities Directory ic.org

Everything co-housing related cohousing.org

On the ground experiences & ideas thefec.org

On the ground info & help ilsr.org

Interesting eco internet flea market precycleonline.com

Charge up your eco imagination trendhunter.com

Real primitive back to the earth info primitive.org


Agriculture / Aquaculture

We have to practice it, so here is a way to learn it permaculture.org

Research http://science.howstuffworks.com

Great place to start harvestingrainwater.com

Canadian Research into integrated aquaculture they call Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) unb.ca/chopinlab

Building Methods

Innovative super adobe calearth.org

Portable domes you can assemble anywhere, many useful applications Pacific Domes Intl.

The earth ship site earthship.com

A good but ‘official’ type place to start greenbuilding.com

DIY rammed earth info diyrammedearth.com

Very low cost high R factor building with concrete monolithic.com

Practical info on straw bale building balewatch.com

A good place to start adobebuilder.com


Green Building

Healthy Building Network: If you want to know about building materials, their risks and benefits, this is a good site to gather information. healthybuilding.net

Greener Product: A resource for products that meet green building standards. http://www.greenerproduct.com

Development Center for Appropriate Technology: DCATworks to enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education. http://www.dcat.net

Global Green: A creation of Green Cross International, Global Green works on green building projects. http://www.globalgreen.org

Life Unplugged: Learn about living off the grid...and other things. http://www.lifeunplugged.net

ToolBase Services: The home building industry's technical resource with lots on green building systems. http://www.toolbase.org

Habitat for Humanity ReStores: Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. http://www.habitat.org/cd/env/restore_detail.aspx?place=94

Stardust Building Supplies: An Arizona-based non-profit discount building materials warehouse accepting tax-deductible donations of new and used building materials and supplies from businesses and individuals. http://www.stardustbuilding.org


US Green Building Council - Arizona Chapter: The US Green Building Council sets standards for green building across the USA. The Arizona Chapter is very active. Find LEED accredited professionals here. http://www.usgbcaz.org

Advanced Buildings: A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally-appropriate technologies and practices. http://www.advancedbuildings.org


Sustainability Links

The Darwin Project: In the Descent of Man Charles Darwin wrote only twice of "survival of the fittest" — but 95 times about love! 92 times about moral sensitivity. And 200 times about brain and mind. http://www.thedarwinproject.com

Green Transitions Scoreboard: This organization tracks the investment in businesses that pursue the triple bottom line - people, planet then profits. http://www.greentransitionscoreboard.com

Hazel Henderson - True Economist: Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development. http://www.hazelhenderson.com

Practical Small Projects: Practical Small Projects facilitates the implementation of practical projects that require minimal financial and environmental resources, but have maximum impact and results in the developing world.

Growth Busters: In a finite world, growth means death. There is hope, but growth has to stop. http://www.growthbusters.org

Biomimicry Institute: Biomimicry is the science and art of emulating Nature's best biological ideas to solve human problems. http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org

Slow Money: Slow Money is a new nonprofit organizing an international movement to bring money back down to earth. http://www.slowmoney.org

Clean the World: In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide, and to domestic homeless shelters. http://www.cleantheworld.org


Arizona Indicators Project: Under construction, this site will house a range of indicators tracking Arizona as it crawls towards sustainability or not. http://www.arizonaindicators.org

International Institute for Environment & Development: IIED works with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions. http://www.iied.org

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. http://www.iatp.org

Sustainable Business Institute: SBI provides companies committed to Sustainability a venue for sharing best practices and promoting shared goals. http://www.sustainablebusiness.org

CERES: Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America. http://www.ceres.org

Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI): ZERI is a global network of creative minds seeking solutions to world challenges. The common vision shared by the members of the ZERI family is to view waste as resource and seek solutions using nature's design principles as inspiration. http://www.zeri.org

Arizona Recycling Coalition: A group of nonprofits promoting recycling in Arizona. http://www.arizonarecyclingcoalition.com

Wiser Earth: Serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, governments, and individuals addressing the central issues of our day. http://www.wiserearth.org

EcoEarth: Portal and blogs on sustainability and environmental information. http://www.ecoearth.info

Naomi Klein: Author of Shock Doctrine, has a site with her latest articles about the issues facing sustainability. http://www.naomiklein.org


Keya Earth: KEYA Earth is a for-profit sustainable development firm dedicated to working with communities to realize their dreams for sustainable economic development. http://www.keyaearth.com

Co-op America Green Business Network: Dedicated to helping socially and environmentally responsible businesses emerge and thrive to form a global green economy. http://www.greenbusinessnetwork.org

Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance: The Alliance recognizes leadership characteristics, shares expertise, builds public trust, and works in partnership for positive environmental change. http://www.azalliance.org

Natural Capitalism: A book written by Paul Hawken, Amory & Hunter Lovins describes a model for sustainable development. http://www.natcap.org

Natl. Assoc of Resource Conservation & Development Councils: The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils serves as an advocate for local Councils. We assist local Councils to identify, address and solve challenges to sustain and improve quality of life in their own communities. http://www.rcdnet.org

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD): The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development. http://www.cfsd.org.uk

Bioneers: Bioneers was conceived to conduct educational and economic development programs in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration. http://www.bioneers.org



Wind Powering America: Wind Powering America is a nationwide initiative designed to increase the use of wind energy across the United States by working with regional stakeholders. http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov

Arizona SmartPower: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping Arizonans make common sense energy sources - and save money. http://www.azsmartpower.org

Local Energy: Local Energy helps communities develop stronger, healthier economies based on local self-reliance in energy.

4 Future Energy: The website is non-profit, focused on spreading the word on energy challenges and alternatives. http://www.4futureenergy.com

Home Energy Magazine: Read the latest news on energy-efficient, durable, comfortable, green homes. http://www.homeenergy.org

Environmental Alternatives: Lots of information on different energy, water, composting and other systems. http://www.enviroalternatives.com



Local Harvest: Find local farms, foods and CSAs. http://www.localharvest.org

Transition Towns: Information and encouragement on how to help your community prepare for the joint impacts of climate change and peak oil. We must transition. http://www.transitionnetwork.org

Fostering Sustainable Behavior: The "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" website was developed to assist individuals who design programs to promote sustainable behavior (e.g., recycling, water and energy efficiency, etc.). Its purpose is simple: to provide information that can enhance. http://www.cbsm.com

Green Markets International: A nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life through initiative in climate change and sustainable markets. http://www.green-markets.org

Link Wiser Earth: serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, governments, and individuals addressing the central issues of our day. http://www.wiserearth.org

The Green Playbook: The Playbook provides local governments with guidance and resources to rapidly advance green buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure. http://www.greenplaybook.org

WorldChanging: Worldchanging was founded on the idea that real solutions already exist for building the future we want. it's just a matter of grabbing hold and getting moving. http://www.worldchanging.com

Post Carbon Cities: Preparing local governments for energy and climate uncertainty - from the Post Carbon Institute.

Kiva - MicroLoans: Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. http://www.kiva.org


Arizona Farmers Markets: An Association of Valley Markets supporting direct, sustainable commerce between local area farmers and producers and their surrounding community. http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com

Link Living Neighborhoods: Wherever you are in the world, if you are intent on planning and building a thriving neighborhood, this website is for you. http://www.livingneighborhoods.org

Sustainable Tucson: Sustainable Tucson is an emerging network of networks — to facilitate and accelerate Tucson’s transition to sustainability through community-wide education and action. http://www.sustainabletucson.org

American Towns: Links to what is going on in towns across America. http://www.americantowns.com

Native Movement: We focus on peace, sustainability, youth leadership development, healing, community building, and movement building. http://www.nativemovement.org

Sustainable Communities Network (SCN): SCN provides individuals and organization to the resources they need to aid their community in becoming more sound, equitable and prosperous. http://www.sustainable.org

Sustainable Communities stories, Info, Links: http://www.place.us

Green Eco- Communities: A great information link. http://www.greenecocommunities.com

Sustainable communities and eco villages around the world. http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/?s=sustainable+communities&cat=


Note: Links and references here are provided as-is without endorsement or compensation. Many of the websites linked here are well known resources with fine reputations. Your due diligence is required to evaluate any claims made by any website, especially with regard to products for sale, fitness for use and any necessary building code compliance and approvals in you locality. gigo



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