FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 27, 2015
Contact: Diana Sullivan, Board Member; firstname.lastname@example.org; 615-481-5036 or
Alice Alexander, Executive Director; email@example.com; 919-824-4799 www.cohousing.org
National Cohousing Conference Examines The Next Generation of Environmental and Socially Sustainable Neighborhoods
Durham, NC—The Cohousing Association of the US (Coho/US) will host the National Cohousing Conference, May 29-31, 2015 at the Durham Convention Center.
Cohousing communities are part of the new cooperative economy and are predicted to expand rapidly in the next few decades as individuals and families seek to live more sustainably, and in community with neighbors. Since the first cohousing communities were completed in the U.S. in the early 1990’s, more than 140 communities have been built, with more than a hundred in process. Small and large, urban and rural, newly built and retrofits, these communities have consistently been at the forefront creating environmental and socially sustainable neighborhoods.
The National Cohousing Conference is expected to draw almost 400 architects, consultants, residents of existing communities, and aspiring members building new communities. Research conducted in 2011 confirmed anecdotal evidence that cohousing is good for children, parents, singles, seniors, the neighborhoods around them, and the environment. The Conference will address how to advance the movement within a new context. Demographics are changing rapidly with boomers reaching retirement and young adults less inclined or able to enter the home ownership market – all within an ominous backdrop of climate change and economic uncertainty. There is clearly an increasing demand for senior cohousing for the aging boomers. New cohousing communities are stretching in innovative ways to grow food, reduce energy use, include rentals and group residences, squeeze into tight urban sites, and capitalize on community resources. There have even been interesting spin-offs in affordable and supportive housing projects across the country that physically look and act like cohousing – evidence that others have learned and benefited from the cohousing movement’s pioneering work.
Trends in New Agrarianism and New Urbanism will be presented by keynote speaker Mike Ortosky, landscape architect and soil scientist with Earthwise Company. “Building cohousing is about sustainable development” says Ortosky, an advocate for small scale housing and local food systems.
Cohousing communities combine the advantages of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors. These intentional neighborhoods, created and managed by residents, offer an innovative solution to today’s environmental and social challenges.
The Cohousing Association of the U.S. advances cohousing by assisting communities through a robust network of resources and access to technical assistance; and educating the public about the benefits of cohousing, from resource conservation and sustainability to resilient communities and healthy families. www.cohousing.org