The Rachel Carson EcoVillage is a new cohousing community where people and nature thrive together.
It will be Pittsburgh’s first ecovillage, and it will be built on the Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University. The legacy of Rachel Carson, one of Chatham’s most well-known graduates, is the inspiration for the ecovillage.
The ecovillage will have 35 private homes, ranging from studio to three bedrooms, and a common house with a dining room, a large kitchen, and guest suites. Ecovillagers will have opportunities to participate in campus activities and contribute to the university’s advancement of sustainability. The ecovillage will play an important role in transforming its ex-potato field site into native woodlands, adding to healthy ecosystem diversity and headwater stream quality.
While Rachel Carson EcoVillage has the unique advantage of its relationship to Chatham, it builds on a tradition of established communities, both ecovillages and cohousing, which are based on the same principles. In the United States today, there are over 150 ecovillages and cohousing communities.
Between now and the targeted move-in in 2022, ecovillage members are working together to plan the community. Meetings to learn more about Rachel Carson EcoVillage are held (online) monthly, and anyone who is interested is invited to take part in the introduction and tour.
Membership & Visitors
- Open to new members
- Not open to visitors
Just send an email to [email protected] for any information.