The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for CommunityAuthor(s): Chris Hanson

Publisher: Hartley & Marks

Paperback: 278 pages

ISBN: 0881791261

ISBN-13: 978-0881791266

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Cohousing offers an end to the isolation of the single-family suburban home. Balancing community and personal privacy, cohousing is a chance to create a modern village in an urban or rural setting. Residents own their own homes and can gather in common areas to share meals and socialize. An increasingly popular form of housing in both Europe and North America, cohousing addresses and alleviates many of the demands and pressures of modern life-everything from day care to aging at home is easier with the help of your neighbors.

As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson offer individuals and new groups a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process works. The Cohousing Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including group processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals, design considerations, permits, approvals and membership. This revised and updated edition includes an expanded marketing chapter, as well as a foreword by Gifford Pinchot.

A source of comfort and inspiration for those who want to create their ideal community, The Cohousing Handbook is a groundbreaking and practical guide to building a better society one neighborhood at a time-a must-have for the growing number of people who want to create a cohousing community.

Chris and Kelly ScottHanson are acknowledged leaders in the development of cohousing, and are co-owners of Cohousing Resources, LLC. Chris is also president and CEO of Seattle-based Construction & Development Services, Inc., responsible for overseeing numerous cohousing projects from land acquisition through construction throughout North America. Kelly is CEO of Eco-Development, LLC, providing marketing, startup guidance and membership advice for numerous cohousing and ecovillage projects. They both live and work on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Zev Paiss
1. Introduction
2. Forming a Group
3. The Development Process
4. Working with Professionals
5. Buying Land
6. The Design Process
7. Design Considerations
8. Environment
9. Legal Issues
10. Finance and Budget
11. Marketing and Membership
12. Scheduling and Planning
13. Permits and Approvals
14. The Construction Process
15. Moving In
16. Resources
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Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing OurselvesAuthor(s): Kathryn McCamant, Charles Durrett, Ellen Hertzman

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 0898155398

ISBN-13: 978-0898155396

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:

Alright, you tried living in a commune in the 1970s, and people kept borrowing your toothbrush and leaving dishes in the sink. Then you set up house by yourself and felt lonely. You got married, started raising a family and ended up feeling isolated from your friends and the rest of the community. You go to work, wave to your neighbors over the fence now and then, and think there must be more to life than this. There is: a whole new concept of building a neighborhood and sense of community. This is the story of how and why cohousing works, and how to go about making it happen for yourself.

From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff , 02/01/97:
Does the idea of not having to cook meals for yourself or family every night, deal with traffic on your block, or worry when your children are out playing in the neighborhood appeal to you? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider exploring cohousing, a concept that originated in Denmark in the early 1970s and has spread throughout Europe. In Cohousing, a number of European cohousing communities are profiled. Although each community is a unique reflection of its members’ tastes and desires, there are some common components, such as parking lots on the perimeters of the community for pedestrian safety, a common house where meals can be shared, and recreational facilities housing various community activities and services. With all the responsibilities entailed in managing a home and/or a family, cohousing is a solution for finding sufficient time to relax and spend with the people who are important to us. (The authors have recently started The Cohousing Company, a design and development company formed specifically to assist groups interested in planning and implementing cohousing in this country.)

Excerpted from Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant, et al (as appears in The WomanSource Catalog & Review). Copyright(c) 1993. Reprinted by permission, all rights reserved :
The dining room is located in the common house at the end of the hall. Here dinner is served four to six times a week, with 50 to 60 percent of the residents (25 to 35 people) typically taking part. The use of tokens, earned by cooking, assures that people prepare dinner in proportion to the number of times they eat. Each month residents sign up for when they will cook; and a few days beforehand, for when they will be there for dinner. This flexible system allows residents to participate as much or as little as they like.

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable Future

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable Future

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable FutureAuthor(s): Leonard A. Jason

Publisher: Praeger Pub

Hardcover: 176 pages

ISBN: 0275958728

ISBN-13: 978-0275958725

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This work is a description of vulnerabilities that help account for many of the serious problems facing contemporary society in industrialized countries, including high rates of crime; homelessness; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug addictions; and a breakdown of the psychological sense of community.

About the Author : LEONARD A. JASON is Professor of Psychology at DePaul University.

Table of Contents:
Communication and Community Building by Mara B. Adelman and Lawrence R. Frey
New Vistas for Community Psychology by John Moritsugu
Society at the Crossroads
Four Vulnerabilities
A New Paradigm for Hope
Religion and Spirituality
A Sense of Community
Partnerships with Communities
Wisdom Traditions as Our Guide
Afterword: An Eco-Transformational Application: Bridging the Macro to the Micro by Patricia A.Fennell

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global AgeAuthor(s): Michael H. Shuman

Publisher: The Free Press

Hardcover: 320 pages

ISBN: 0684830124

ISBN-13: 978-0684830124

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Communities throughout the world are losing control of their economies. Convinced by mainstream economists that globalization is inevitable, local leaders – whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican – are trying to attract outside investment by paying massive subsidies, slashing wages, and weakening environmental standards. Going Local details how dozens of communities are regaining control over their economies by employing three new kinds of strategies: investing not in outsiders, but in locally owned businesses like credit unions, cooperatives, community land trusts, municipally owned utilities, small worker-owned firms, community development corporations, and local shareholder-owned firms such as the Green Bay, Packers; focusing on import-replacing rather than export-led development, by reducing dependence on distant sources of energy, water, food, and basic materials; and asking the federal government for more power, not more pork, by eliminating many subsidies and changing tax and trade laws that disempower communities. Going Local challenges conservatives and liberals alike to rethink their views about markets, corporations, and devolution. It suggests novel ways in which businesses can blend private ownership and community responsibility, and innovative policies that can balance the virtues of a free market with the critical need – and special ability – of local government to address its shortcomings.

About the Author

Michael H. Shuman, co-director of the Village Foundation’s Institute for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, is author of five books and numerous articles on the relationship between community and international affairs. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post.
The Green Reader: Essays Toward a Sustainable Society

The Green Reader: Essays Toward a Sustainable Society

The Green Reader: Essays Toward a Sustainable SocietyAuthor(s): Andrew Dobson (Editor)

Publisher: Mercury House

Paperback: 296 pages

ISBN: 1562790102

ISBN-13: 978-1562790103

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Green politicians and theoreticians argue that current, piecemeal responses to the environmental crisis now facing the world will not work. What is needed, they say, is a fundamental overhauling of the system and a new paradigm for viewing humankind’s place in the world. This book is an attempt to form such a worldview by extracting selections from dozens of previously published books and essays. Excerpted are authors such as Kirkpatrick Sale, E.F. Schumacher, Edward Abbey, and Rachel Carson. Each essay is short; most are two to five pages. By arranging the book into five sections (The Green Critique, The Green Society, Green Economics, Green Politics, and Green Philosophy), editor Dobson shows the Green movement to be more than environmentalism. For readers wishing an overview of Green thought, this book is an excellent starting point.

Green Plans: Greenprint for Sustainability (Our Sustainable Future)

Green Plans: Greenprint for Sustainability (Our Sustainable Future)

Green Plans: Greenprint for Sustainability (Our Sustainable Future)Author(s): Huey D. Johnson, David R. Brower

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (December 28, 1996)

Paperback: 210 pages

ISBN: 080327596X

ISBN-13: 978-0803275966

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Green Plans are the most effective strategies yet developed for moving from industrial environmental deterioration to postindustrial sustainability. Huey D. Johnson provides the first detailed and understandable examination of the theory, implementation, and performance of green plans in the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Plans being considered in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, and the European Community are also discussed. Green plans will serve future generations as models of creative collaboration between government and business.


Green Plans examines strategies utilized in several countries for dealing with sustainable development. ”Green Plans” are comprehensive schemes requiring extensive dedication and a large-scale integrated commitment by government. Johnson maintains that America”s approach to environmental problems has usually involved a narrow focus on individual issues that sometimes comes too late, whereas comprehensive and integrated green plans involve all of society. . . . This is not another ”doom and gloom” depiction of the environment with extensive fingerpointing at industry, but is instead a balanced, well-written argument for a mutually beneficial plan for enabling sustainable development while protecting environmental quality.”—Choice

(Choice )

“In this plainly written manual, Johnson . . . offers green planning (developing comprehensive and integrated plans to protect and sustain the environment) as a practical alternative to the hopelessness and sporadic reaction to single issues with which we face continuing environmental degradation. . . . Johnson argues that green plans work because, unlike laws or regulations that address specific issues, they provide a framework, goals, and priorities for long-term sustainable resource management.”—Library Journal

(Library Journal )

“This book is quite informative. It would be useful for anyone seeking (detailed) knowledge about designing a ”greenprint for sustainability.” The more technical emphasis, in combination with a case-study approach, make it quite suitable for public officials, such as environmental planners/managers, and for beginning students of environmental policy. . . . As one of the first books to deal with the development, implementation, and performance of green plans, this is certainly a welcome addition to the literature relating to the operationalisation and implementation of the concept of sustainability.”—Environmental Politics

(Environmental Politics )

“Green plans can solve environmental problems for the world, the nation, businesses, labor, environmentalists, future generations—for everyone. They show what planning can and should be, and rescue the concept of planning from the scrapheap of history. Green plans are comprehensive, integrated, and large-scale—three traits that are key to solving environmental problems. . . . [This book is] clearly-written and important.”—Future Survey

(Future Survey )

“Green plans are comprehensive, integrated and large-scale national environmental strategies. H. J. Johnson shows us what Green Plans are and what they are not. His examples of pioneering countries, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada are very convincing. He shows how those very different countries have developed innovative Green Plans, how they translated the concept of sustainability in practical strategies and action plans. His personal experience, as head of California”s Resources Agency, from 1977 to 1982, in developing a comprehensive resource strategy, called Investing For Prosperity (IFP) gave him a basic understanding of Green Plans. He gives us a very good overall view of Green Plans, their ingredients for success, their principles and techniques and the new relationship needed between government and business. His clear vision for the United States should be read by all politicians and concerned citizens. It is still very actual. Of the many books published in environmental protection and sustainable development, this book should be on all bookshelves. And it is a real pleasure to read.”—Julius de Heer, ECOSCAN sa, Lausanne, Switzerland

(Julius de Heer ECOSCAN )

“As we strive to implement sustainable development, we must share experience of how green plans can work, as Huey D. Johnson has done here. Green Plans is a necessary book that many of us need to read.”—Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway

(Gro Harlem Brundtland )

“Persuasive and urgent.”—RECIEL: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law

(RECIEL ) –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Huey D. Johnson is founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco. David R. Brower, the first executive director of the Sierra Club and cofounder of Friends of the Earth, is the author of numerous books including For Earth’s Sake.

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword By David R. Brower
1. A Commitment to Change
2. Sustainability from Theory to Practice
3. A Green Plan Predecessor: California’s IFP Program
4. The Netherlands: Each Generation Cleans Up
5. New Zealand Starts from Scratch
6. Canada’s Green Plan: Making Virtue of Necessity
7. On the Green Plan Path
8. Broadening the Scope of Resource Management: Principles and Techniques
9. A New Relationship between Government and Business
10. Building a Political and Social Base for Change
11. A Greenprint for the United States