“the commercialization of sustainable technology”

Brent Finnegan -- November 27th, 2007

If you haven’t already, check out this story in today’s DNR. CISAT grad Zach Fettig is “financing and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly house” just north of town.

Imagine not being tied into Dominion Power’s grid. Reminds me of this episode of 30 Days.

13 Responses to ““the commercialization of sustainable technology””

  1. David Miller says:

    I love the idea of using a fuel cell to power his house. I’d propose an additional method of building a pump system that pumps water to a higher level to store energy like a battery and then is later release through generators. Thus reducing the need for natural gas for hydrogen production. This system is in use by Dominion on a grander scale. The wind turbines would make a great generator for pumping the water!

  2. Emmy says:

    Thanks for that link Brent! I wish my parents had moved to that commune they thought about when I was a baby! Hehe.

  3. Josh says:

    Maybe we’ll eventually see some cohousing in the area?
    See http://www.cohousing.org/overview.aspx for more information.

    Some VA cohousing projects:

    Blue Ridge Cohousing (Crozet)
    http://www.blueridgecohousing.org/

    Blueberry Hill (Vienna)
    http://www.blueberryhill.org/

    Catoctin Creek Village (Taylorstown)
    http://proximitycohousing.com/

    EcoVillage (Lovettsville)
    http://www.ecovillages.com/Pages/main.html

    Shadowlake Village (Blacksburg)
    http://www.shadowlakevillage.org/HomePage.php

  4. David Miller says:

    Josh
    Preston Lake. Coming soon to a valley near you.

  5. Laura says:

    Preston Lake is not cohousing, but there is a local group working on a senior (over 55) cohousing community east of Harrisonburg (Keezletown maybe?). Cohousing, unlike Preson Lake, is frequently designed, built, and managed by the residents. And they frequently share a community building and meals. I’d love to see an under-55 cohousing community here!

  6. Laura says:

    oh jeez – I didn’t mean ‘under 55’, I just meant ‘not only seniors’.

  7. Josh says:

    Laura, Thanks for pointing that group out! I believe this is the one you’re talking about:

    Earth and Sky Cohousing Association (Harrisonburg)
    http://www.earthandskycohousing.org/

    And here’s another one in Virginia for senior citizens:

    ElderSpirit Community (Abingdon)
    http://www.elderspirit.net/

  8. Derik says:

    Although I would assume some if not all of the members of the earth and sky cohousing group are actively pursuing similar situations, it is my understand that they hit a significant snag in resent times. Don’t know for sure what that was.
    Laura-
    A local “intentional community” does exist which if not the same is similar. Without the 55 plus tag. It’s also in the Keezletown area called Hidden Meadow Farm. I don’t know that they have a specific website (at least not that I could find), but here are a few links that can clue you in.
    http://weathervane.emu.edu/index.php?v=48&n=4&s=5
    http://www.photoagora.com/Pages/MainPages/PAHistory2.html

    I thought there was at least one other of these locally but I am uncertain as to where.

  9. Josh says:

    There’s a very famous intentional community / commune just over the mountain:

    Twin Oaks (Louisa)
    http://www.twinoaks.org/

    *I’ve always wanted to tour this place, so if any hburgnews readers would be interested in visiting with me, drop me a line jbaugher-at-gmail-dot-com!

    There’s a few religious retreats / communities in VA that I know of:

    Yogaville (Buckingham)
    http://www.yogaville.org/

    Lotus Garden (Stanley)
    http://www.lotusgardens.org/

  10. chrisfb says:

    A couple of my high school friends grew up on the Hidden Meadows Farm. Great people.

  11. Laura says:

    Twin Oaks is a very interesting community that is on the leading edge of implementing many environmentally friendly technologies. After visiting about 10 years ago, I realized that the lifestyle is not for everyone. When you join the community, you give up most of your possessions (including your car) and only keep what fits in your dorm-sized room. You’re not allowed to have access to any money that you didn’t earn inside the community (to keep everyone equal). The decision-making process, consensus, looked like a great test of anyone’s patience.

    But on the flip side, the people that I met were really open and tolerant, they live a very healthy lifestyle, and you get to choose the type of work you do and can even vary it from week to week. They are genuinely concerned about the environment and put that concern into action. They seem to have a deep and caring social bond with each other. And any health care they need is provided by the community.

    I couldn’t get past giving up my ‘stuff’. I rant about the consumerism culture we live in, but I guess I still need a certain amount of ‘stuff’ – at least more than what fits in a dorm room.

  12. Josh says:

    There was a neat article in the latest Rocktown Weekly about a solar-powered house a couple is building in Timberville:

    Living off the grid
    Solar powered-house home to newlyweds
    http://www.rocktownweekly.com/rocktown/rock_archive_details.php?AID=2013&page=profile

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