2016 Programme of Events, Courses and Happenings at Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a Learning Community
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time affecting all of humanity. Many hope that new technologies will resolve the problem but experts recognise that, to be successful, behavioural and lifestyle change is also required. This is best done through strong communities that can build resilience, practices of sharing and mutual learning. Society needs models like Cloughjordan Ecovillage to research and model the transition.
Cloughjordan Ecovillage is an award winning sustainable neighbourhood in the Irish rural town of Cloughjordan in Tipperary. Uniquely, it was conceived and is being developed by its current and future residents, under the umbrella of an educational charity, founded in 1999: Sustainable Projects Ireland (CHY13328).
The Ecovillage was envisioned as a destination for learning-by-doing and action research into sustainability, resilience, community living and rural regeneration. 100 adults and 35 children are now living in the ecovillage, and over 15 businesses, co-operatives and learning providers are also based there making it a dynamic ecosystem of innovation. Through its renewable energy heating system, it’s well-insulated houses, its community farm, its green enterprise centre with co-working and a digital fabrication lab, its community woodlands, its research relationships with Ireland’s universities, the project acts as a powerful model for the transition to a low-carbon society and the building of community resilience.
Its location in an existing settlement helps with its mission of mainstreaming sustainability and the project acts more like a Transition initiative than a traditional eco-village. With a target of 130 housing units, the Ecovillage is still developing. We are planning a process systematically to reduce our ecological footprint over time, learning new means to achieve this and sharing these through our education. A visit or participating in a course here is stimulating, interesting — and also a great day out!