Welcome Home

This is an online resource to showcase how to build a community that works for both people and the planet.

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Discover the benefits of innovative neighborhood design, in which residents:

  • make efficient and sensible use of resources in response to a changing climate;
  • connect with each other and the natural environment;
  • live in balance with their values; and ultimately,
  • create a sense of individual and community well being.

EcoVillage at Ithaca is a community located in the Town of Ithaca in upstate New York. Over the past 20 years, EcoVillage at Ithaca has evolved into a working model for other communities around the globe, as a result of residents’ commitment to maintaining a high quality of life, conserving resources, and balancing privacy within a vibrant community. Welcome Home is an online resource funded by the EPA Climate Showcase Communities Program to tell the story of communities like EcoVillage at Ithaca – a community that works – to assure a high quality of life for people in balance with our planet.


Community That Works Contest

We are excited to announce a CONTEST for a new paradigm for development! Over the past three years, Tompkins County and EcoVillage at Ithaca, an innovative community that emphasizes sensible resource use and high quality of life, have partnered together under the prestigious U.S. EPA Climate Showcase Communities program to identify key elements which help to produce communities that work through innovative neighborhood design.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation selects TREE neighborhood

The third neighborhood at EcoVillage Ithaca has been selected for a Case Study Investigation by the national Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). TREE is one of just 21 projects selected from around the country.
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Green Building and Design Magazine features EcoVillage Ithaca

In the article titled “Lessons from an Alternative Lifestyle,” by Russ Klettke. “Building on its financial viability and vibrant cohousing community, the next phase of EcoVillage at Ithaca will be the largest collection of Passive House construction seen in the United States.”
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Cosentini presents at Int’l Builders’ Show in San Francisco

60 attendees of the International Builders' Show 2014, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders in San Francisco, learned about our innovative models for clustered housing in Tompkins County. Sue Cosentini, of New Earth Living, joined with Daniel Parolek, Opticos Design Inc., Berkeley, CA to present an education session entitled The Future of Housing: Responding Creatively to Demographic &
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Success Stories

Ecovillage at Ithaca, Lessons Learned

Over 20 years of lessons learned from Ecovillage at Ithaca...

TREE at EcoVillage

The third neighborhood at Ecovillage building on the success of its predecessors...

Aurora Pocket Neighborhood

The first Pocket Neighborhood project in the City of Ithaca, New York...

Cayuga Trails

A new residential community on 25 acres in Tompkins County...