Ecologically Responsible Living
One Earth Living
We are an EcoSpiritual community dedicated to caring for People and the Earth by living and demonstrating a sustainable culture appropriate to our southwest Michigan bioregion.
As a reminder to ourselves, we call the way we plan to live in MAEV "One Earth" Living--
in other words, we've got this one and only Earth to live on.
If all Earth's people were to live a lifestyle comparable to ours in the USA,
it would take the resources of three and a half earths to do so! What is the example we provide to the rest of the world and our children by the standard of living that most of us currently embrace? In MAEV, we want to demonstrate a better--and viable--way of life.
Energy is the basis of all physical systems, so Energy, its conservation and
renewable generation is given first priority.
We would like to live in, as near as is feasible, homes free of fossil fuel energy.
LEED Standards (Leadership in Environmental and Efficiency Design by the
National Association of Home Buidlers), and Energy Star ratings of the federal government
will guide all construction. Although very different in impact on the Earth, the buildings
rising from these standards look like any other housing.
Water for household consumption will come from the city of Kalamazoo.
Rain water catchment will play heavily in other water uses.
Sharing, the Three "R's, " and a "C"
We will share much, with community-available large tools and similar items.
Each person will not, if they do not wish to, personally own their own one of
every possible thing.
We will Reduce. We will Reuse. We will Recycle and Compost.
We will make it as easy on the Earth and ourselves as we can.
We might even have fun!
Food production from hands-on organic gardening on the abundant land will help lead us to One Earth living, and yield a healthier and more dependable food supply.