EcoVillage, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca
Just two miles from downtown, Ithaca EcoVillage now includes two 30-home cohousing neighborhoods, FROG and SONG, and a third neighborhood, TREE, that also includes a building with apartments and a common house.
Contact Name(s): Nathan Scott
Year Built: 2012-2015
Architect / Designer: Jerold Weis Burd, architect. Builder: Mike and Kendall Carpenter were the construction managers of TREE.
Building Features: Many of the homes in the newer third neighborhood are built to stringent Passive House standards (including the one on the tour) and the neighborhood is LEED Platinum-rated. On site, there are also two other common houses (one for each neighborhood), an organic CSA vegetable farm, an organic CSA/U-Pick berry farm, office spaces for small businesses, a neighborhood root cellar, community gardens and varied natural areas. Over 90% of the 175-acre site is planned to remain green space, including 55 acres in a conservation easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
NOTE: And while you’re there, be sure to check out Gourdlandia, a beautiful strawbale art studio where Graham Ottoson works her magic on homegrown gourd lanterns and artwork. It’s been featured in Atlas Obscura!
Last updated February 27, 2020