Launched in January 2015, our work in Starksboro, Vermont brings New Community Project’s mission to the New England region. NCP has had a Sustainable Living Center in Harrisonburg, VA since 2006.
The northeast program is coordinated by Pete Antos-Ketcham, who is joined by neighbors, community members, and a growing list of volunteers and supporters from area schools, colleges, and organizations throughout the region.
More about our Sustainable Living Center
The Sustainable Living Center is a residential community working to address the issues of climate change, resource depletion, and social justice through education, on-site demonstrations, and collaborative projects with those in need in our local and global community.
NCP’s goal is to link sustainable living practices and social justice concerns as the foundation for community building and peacemaking. The site demonstrates and experiments in permaculture design, organic gardening techniques, energy efficiency and conservation, small scale renewable energy, low ecological/carbon foot print, water conservation and reuse, appropriate technologies, and landscape regeneration. Some site features include:
Our site is inspired by the principles of permaculture and agroecology and our work focuses on solutions to ecological and societal challenges with these systems as a foundation. Based on patterns and processes of ecological systems, permaculture is the art and science of creating healthy and resilient human environments abundant in food, water, shelter, energy, and community.
NCP Vermont also receives Resident Stewards/interns to join in the full range of projects. NCP provides room (a hand-crafted yurt) and board (including fresh garden produce), and a small stipend (as needed) for those willing to commit for 10 weeks or more. Shorter-term volunteers and visitors are always welcomed.
Undoing Global Warming campaign
The focus of Undoing Global Warming is to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the buildings in which we live, meet and worship. Even more so than car use, heating and cooling homes and other structures is a leading consumer of energy in the United States. And, of course, with energy consumption comes a whole host of other outcomes, including:
That's where the Undoing Global Warming project comes in! NCP offers congregations, camps and other organizations the opportunity to examine energy usage in their facilities, homes and grounds. Plans for a weekend workshop are made in consultation with the hosting group, depending on their needs and interests (see sample schedule below).
A modest honorarium is requested to offset NCP's expenses for this program. Groups are also invited to contribute a portion of the money they save from greater efficiencies toward healing our planet and enhancing the well-being of our neighbors.
Pete Antos-Ketcham coordinates the program in the northeast out of our New England Sustainable Living Center in Starksboro, VT. Pete has a degree in Environmental Studies and has spent many years working with organizations designing and managing energy efficient buildings.
Here's how a weekend might go:
Saturday morning: Earth-Friendly Facilities
With the pertinent committees and/or building manager we assess the buildings and grounds in regard to energy and water conservation, alternative energies, waste reduction, food preparation, transportation, and eco-landscaping. Together we explore cost effective and simple techniques that will reduce energy and water consumption and reduce waste thus becoming better stewards of the environment, reducing global warming gases, saving money, and inspiring others.
Saturday or Sunday afternoon: Hands-on workshops
Learn about and discuss topics such as composting techniques and organic soil fertility; spiral herb gardens; home eco-cleaners; building a wood-fired or solar oven; deep mulch keyhole gardening (the no watering/no weeding garden); solar food dryer; forest gardening; organic pest control; season extender gardening; edible landscaping; political and institutional actions.
Saturday afternoon or evening: Earth-Friendly Home
In the home of a volunteer (and including up to 15 other observers) we will use activities and discussion to explore the many diverse and simple techniques for a more earth-friendly home that we can all begin implementing today. This workshop includes energy and water conservation, alternative energy, waste reduction and toxins, food, and transportation. We will also discuss connections between our lifestyles and people of the Poor World.
Sunday morning presentation: The Sacredness of Life
On Sunday morning, we are available to give a presentation on faith-based, earth-friendly living or other topic suitable to the setting
In many ways our earth is sending out an emergency cry as humans continue to use it beyond its capacity. Religious communities and other concerned groups can play a leading role in responding to the call for help by making simple yet important changes at home and with other facilities. Plan for an Undoing Global Warming weekend in your community soon!