WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Integrated solutions: By bringing together solutions in the economic, ecological, and social dimensions, ecovillages are creating new cultures for how we might live well and lightly in a post-carbon world.
Global Reach: Partnering with the Global Ecovillages Network and Gaia Education, CAPE has access to a worldwide network of ecovillages, non-governmental organizations, and community empowerment groups.
Global Context: We have curricula and materials available to help students understand what makes their host community an ecovillage and how it fits within the global movement towards sustainable community development.
Group Building: Through cooperative games, reflection circles, and co-created group norms and agreements, we pride ourselves in developing learning communities within living communities.
Deep Immersion: Participants work side-by-side with local experts and create meaningful relationships while making a real difference in the communities they visit.
Green Infrastructure: From keet-roofed *capsules* in India to cob and straw-bale *dome-atories* in green kibbutzim, students live and learn in eco-buildings and classrooms.
Carbon Consciousness: Participants are invited to use our online tools to measure and “onset” their travel emissions by contributing money or time to a sustainability project in their host community.
Healthy, Local Food: Most ecovillages produce at least some of their own food and it is typically organic, nutritious, and delicious. Students often have opportunities to harvest their own food as well.