The Lovelock Village near Amarillo, Texas
 
 

 

 

A Global EcoVillage, Inc. Community

www.globalecovillage.com

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GEV teams up with Village Habitat Design, LLC

Lovelock Village Site

James Lovelock & The Gaia Theory

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Ralph Watson President GEV 520.896.2568

   

The Global EcoVillage, Inc. (GEV) development company has begun preliminary designs on its Lovelock EcoVillage project. GEV's intention is for this community to be the first truly sustainable modern village with respect to both Ecology and Economy.

The location for the Lovelock EcoVillage site is 580 acres of sculptured land on the western outskirts of Amarillo, Texas. It is one of the most spectacular properties near Amarillo, and the topography ranges from 3,640 ft. above sea level at its hightest, down to 3,500 ft. at the seasonal stream on its western boundary. The site recalls the seven hills on which Rome was built. However, here the intention is to provide the framework for a truly sustainable community to emerge, not an empire.

The special features of the Lovelock EcoVillage provide:

  • Economical relationship to Amarillo -New and existing businesses.
  • Manufacturing- Renewable energy systems for wind, sun and biogas.
  • Construction systems for wood, ferro-cement, ceramics machining and sheet-metal.

GEV plans to market Lovelock Village to attract only those persons interested in living in such a community and who share its general philosophy and desire its specific attributes. Any other approach would result in ultimately dissatisfied customers. Not everyone is interested in living in a community that seriously plans to fulfill its stated responsibilities to both the world of nature, and to the overall community economic well-being.

Amazingly, Ecology and Economy both mean essentially the same thing. In Greek, "Eco" is "house", "logo" means "a body of principles, rules, word, discipline, studies, or theories", and "nomia" means "law". Therefore both ecology and economy can be defined as, "the rules of the house." That is, the principles or laws for the management of household affairs.

Such a definition makes very good sense if one assumes, along with the GEV management, that the world around us is our greater "house". This makes it quite clear that to integrate Ecology with Economy wherever possible primary importance, and particularly so when starting to build a framework for a human community.

However, if there are actually principles or rules of the "house of the world", we, as residents of the house, have an obligation to adhere to the rules if we expect to insure our residency with a decent and fulfilled life on Earth.

Some of these rules are said to be:

  1. Everything is connected to everything else
  2. Everything in the Earth's biosphere is recycled, and nothing much enters or leaves except light and energy, respectively. Air, water, plants, animals, and minerals are all recycled and used again and again by the various member of an ecosystem can, "earn their living" only if they participate adequately.
  3. Diversity helps and stabilizes any ecosystem, and the total biosphere, by ensuring that a variety of organisms are always available to do each little bit of ecological work. Then the biosphere becomes a stable environment because even if there are sometimes changes in the environment that result in the extinction of occasional species, the necessary ecological work gets done.
  4. Sustainability is vital to the continued existence of all species.
 
   
       

 

The eco-city vision links ecological
sustainability with social justice and
the pursuit of sustainable livelihoods.
It is a vision that  acknowledges the
ecological limits to growth, promotes
ecological and cultural diversity and
a vibrant community life, and supports
a community-based sustainable
 economy that is directed toward
fulfilling real human needs rather
than just simply expanding." 
                               ~ Mark Roseland


"An ecovillage is a human scale,
full featured settlement which
harmlessly integrates human
activities in the natural world in
a way that is supportive of healthy
human development and can be
successfully continued into
the indefinite future." 
                               ~ Robert Gilman


"Ecology is the ultimate economy,
the true test of how the citizens of
an ecosystem makes their living and
sustain themselves over times. To
live well, a realistic human community
must first provide and care for the
basics which are required to live,
 that is, a healthy environment.
                 ~ Barbara Ward Jackson
 

Sustainability has been defined in many ways.

  • Dictionaries say that, in order to be considered sustainable, an activity must be, "capable of being maintained without interruption, without weakening, or losing power or quality, and it must endure without failure in a prolonged, unflagging manner."
  • Ecologist David Orr's definition of a sustainable society is one that, "can persist over generations that is far seeing enough, flexible enough, and wise enough not to undermine either its physical or its social systems of support."
  • Another useful description of sustainable activity, is to say that, "you can continue doing whatever you are doing for hundreds of years without destroying or seriously degrading the environment."

Basically, an eco-village, like an eco-system, is structured so as to sustain its primary producers. In an eco-system, the primary producers are usually green plants. In the case of an EcoVillage, the primary producers are its citizens, and the health of the community depends on them.

 
     

Lovelock's features that set it apart from the ordinary, and ensure its attractiveness are:

  • Condominium land-ownership over the entire 530 acre property
  • Pedestrian and bike oriented community
  • Bio-diversity in "edible landscaping"
  • An open-space "Commons" of over 250 acres in a perpetual land-trust dedicated to retaining and enhancing the site's existing rural nature
  • energy from local generation of renewable energy
  • a community transportation system eliminating the need for local cars
  • Wastewater is to be recycled into agricultural production
  • On-site building materials used extensively
  • Water to come from aquifer recharging from rainwater harvesting
  • Local food production will serve for increased community sustainability
  • Group-Insurance for residents
  • financing incentives will encourage broad-spectrum home-ownership with programs for:
             a. Affordable housing, and a plan whereby buyers can also work on
                 building the homes they are purchasing
             b. creating local production enterprises to eliminate commuting
             c. stimulation of employee-ownership of local businesses and
                 small industries
             d. very low interest home and small business loans