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The Sage Projects - Sustainable Living Urban Ecovillages

Introduction: Happiness does not stem from a location or material possessions, it derives from a higher state of consciousness. How much of this unsustainable world do you feel is a result of culture? Can conscious decision-making be a potential remedy to create a more sustainable culture? When people gather in nature, away from cell phones, computers, and television, something magical happens. It is a simple, daily custom. It is a moment of leisure with friends who share some common values.

We believe that humanity currently has the knowledge to have a new restorative model of living in harmony with the planet, without doing harm and causing pollution, by utilizing sustainable and mindful development, and not as a cult. Our urban ecovillages plan is designed to be a not for profit organization that is self funding to create a lower cost of higher quality living and with systems maintained by members and those who come to learn. After visiting ecovillages for many years, we have been interested in seeing an urban ecovillage of small homes and shared common areas in a small village having a community garden, off the grid solar and wind power self contained and off the grid and away from government and city control. We have found some areas where this could be made possible.

Rentals: We have honed our construction skills by renovating properties with Green Design updates while helping rental managers learn how to do the same and advertise. Searching for local cohousing? Type 'COHOUSING' into the SEARCH and then select from the listings on that page. Join our growing community of supporters at our facebook page by clicking the icon at the upper left of this homepage and view some of the interior planning and sustainability vidoes. Help us with promotions by clicking on the 'SHARE' botton at the bottom of our inspirational posts. Read this page to learn more details. To get involved scroll down to the "ACTION LIST" heading and then follow down to the action list on the next page.


Respect for Life: We do not follow any religious groups. We do follow the Golden Rule: Treat others how you would want to be treated. And we have a policy that does not allow physcial and mental abuse. Yelling in anger is also not allowed because it disturbs others. To all spiritually minded people and also many atheists, life is sacred. Mindful critical thinking should be used before taking actions that could harm others.

Regarding a sustainable planet; are humans not yet advanced enough to stop attacking others for their resources? Imagine what the world would be like if most people would tell their leaders, "We do not want our money used for wars, unless for some strange and unlikely reason someone would come attack us here on our own land."

Imagine how mindful the world would be and what kind of change that simple statement would make if most people in most countries agreed with that message and way of being. Image all the billions of dollars that could be redirected to be used to develop sustainable cities that do not pollute the environment. Imagine all the small children who no longer have to struggle with air quality related aesthma. It could be a long road to get there, but we are on it anyway and want to be a part of it.

In nature, when a wild dangerous animal enters a neighborhood, we have skilled professionals who tranquilize them and relocate them. They do not just immediately shoot them because they are more intelligent than that and have respect for life. Are we not advanced enough yet to do the same in wars and when dealing with violent criminals? That may sound unusual but most of us are non-conformist peaceful people with critical thinking skills. Its strange to hear people who identify as Christian who also say that it is ok for people to kill others in war. What do they think Jesus would do? Maybe people can learn to make a better choice.

Ecovillages: The Sage Projects is an organization designed to accelerate the development and implementation of urban ecovillages. It was developed by a group of green design and cohousing management professionals studying all aspects of sustainability who work to promote healthy living spaces that are both environmentally responsible and sustainable longterm. The Sage Projects are designed to provide training workshops, green building opportunities, permaculture education, and resource support.

With cooperation in a group of friends with skills, amazing progress can happen. In the past, people were given homestead land where they gathered a group of friends and neighbors with construction skills to put up the framework of a small home including a roof and siding in just a few days. We have been investing our vacation time at ecovillages and off grid retreat communities for several years studying permaculture gardens, Green Building, Off Grid energy systems, monolithic domes, and earthships to learn what works.

Human Needs: People want more space in their lives with more room to breath and time rest when its needed. For optimal health and healing, people need clean air, clean water, clean food, and longterm economic stability to reduce stress and anxiety. While spending time in rural ecovillages and observing friends with alternative health conscious lifestyles, we have learned to allow time for rest and time to pursue our goals without being interrupted by common everyday struggles while sharing wisdom and truth and companionship. This space gives people opportunity to pursue goals and talents rather than spending most of their time in a career that you do not want.

Urban Ecovillages: The reason you dont find urban ecovillages is because people want to make profits and rent out spaces to be used as hotel rooms. The only thing stopping people from creating urban ecovillages is choice, and choosing to create a community rather than a hotel business. Small homes can be legally zoned and meet all of a cities codes depending on the location. Small spacious homes can be designed to remove wasted space and reduce energy needs by having less air space to heat, cool, and ventilate and by considering environmental factors. By being mindful of heat from the sun, shade, natural ventilation, and cold from the earth, homes can require almost no heating and cooling. Compare that to most home in the South of North America that have an average monthly electric bill of three hundred dollars for an average size three bedroom home. When electricity is used from the grid, power plants are pumping smog into the air. The more that is used, the more smog there is.

We have learned to reduce cost of living by working together to pool our experience to use clean energy production, high yield food production from organic gardens in small spaces, solar and wind power, green design, and earthships. As a community, our cost of living will also be reduced from our annual expenses by providing educational workshops and making income from clean energy production. We will not have the overhead expense of mortgage payments for the land. Land is planned to be held in a trust with common areas shared.

We are going to keep our promotional advertising small until after our first community is finished and working properly. After spending time in rural ecovillages we know it can be done. We have seen firsthand what works and what does not work. We want to share what works and why so others can do the same without having to try to reinvent the wheel and spend alot of time and money on experiments that dont work.

Land: We will not have mortgage payments for land costs because we are working on building funds for that first. We are doing that by providing advertising space on our websites. If you have other ideas on how we can raise funds, let us know. Not having interest payments and mortgages is a big part of our plan to keep the cost of living low. If you have been to an ecovillage you see that people work together to keep the cost of living reasonable. When someone has too many melons or eggs, they share or trade with neighbors. When you have a mortgage, your not just paying the loan back. Your also paying interest and it can be almost twice as much as the original amount you borrowed. That money becomes profit for the owners of banks. When you look at the multi-million dollar homes they live in and the cars they drive, you can see where alot of the money is going. Where does most of your money go when you go to the store? Did you know the CEO of Target has an annual salary over 21 million dollars? The CEO of Walmart has an annual salary over 35 Million dollars. The major shareholders of Walmart are the Walton family and they are all Billionaires! Yet most employees do not have basic healthcare benefits.

"Today, we have access to highly advanced technologies, but our social and economic system has not kept up with our technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt."
-Jacque Fresco

"We're running into a lot of new problems today because of what we emphasize in this culture. The word 'success' to the average person means earning a lot of money and having a home, two cars, children in college. Success to me is entirely different to what success is to the average person. Success is being a successful human being in terms of pursuing what you believe in. If you believe in making paintings, writing poetry, writing music. If this is what you really want, you're successful to yourself. But to be successful to your culture means to sell yourself short of what you really want." - Jacque Fresco

EcoHomes: Our Eco Home Designs artfully blend high and low-tech features throughout in an eco-savvy
demonstration of attractive, comfortable and energy-efficient living. An eco home can be beautiful, healthy, and sustainably efficient. Eco Home Designers outfitted the requisite artful spaces with chemical senstivity and wholistic sustainability in mind — then brilliantly wrapped it all around an exterior courtyard for an inspiring mix of functional minimalism and expansive space. Each primary living space extends into the outdoor courtyard as the social, physical, and conceptual core of the house.

Natural breezes ventilate the home, and tubes hidden below radiantly heat the floor as needed. Select noble gases inside the windows help mediate the sun's rays. Walls come insulated with vegetable oil-based polyurethane and high tech insulation with custom designed sun barriers for enhanced comfort, all illuminated by LEDs and skylights.

An island rolls, skylights and shade screens adjust. A waterproof bathroom, plant based foam mattresses, handcrafted dishes, hypo allergenic textiles, and high tech fixtures exquisitely balance the sustainably efficient appliances and energy systems. Outdoors, raised boxes of organic vegetables and native flora lead to an inviting natural pool heated and circulated by the energy of the sun and cleansed by water plants inspired by evolved riparian zones. A second system of sand, gravel, and plants filter and clean graywater for sublime practicality of conservation. A sprinkling of new digital tech lets you monitor and manage it all remotely from the residents cellphone or computer.

Change your Health and Feel Better: Change your lifestyle and change your health. When you look at what is being promoted in commercial ads you cant help but wonder if these products are intended to make people ill in the long run so that drug companies and hospitals can profit from it which is really sad. Compared to how most people live, daily life in an ecovillage is different when you have daily access to clean water and chemical free foods. Eating fresh food from organic gardens and drinking clean mineral rich water changes your health, gives you a healthy glow, and contributes toward emotional well being. Unless your water is from a private well or properly filtered, it usually contains sodium fluoride, chlorine, and biological cysts. Water filters do not filter all of these out. Most bottled spring water you buy in stores contains some of these also and have added sodium fluoride so dont waste your money. Small amounts daily may lead to health problems so it is very important to learn what kind of water is clean and healthy. Many doctors and scientists have been saying for years that swallowing sodium fluoride daily causes erectile disfunction in young men and many other health problems. This makes you wonder about the increased rates of cancer compared to years ago. An ounce of prevention goes a long way. Learning what to avoid is key these days.

Efficiency and Respect of Resources: In the news, we hear that the federal and state governments lose up to fifty percent of collected tax revenue due to "inefficiencies and careless over-spending". That is very insulting to the taxpayers because that money is gathered from our hard earned income. Imagine how much good could be done with that money if it was not wasted, but used efficiently by those who know how to do so.

Working together in this way, people have the space and time for sustainable living while feeling supported, and sharing the resources and skills we need to continue to grow and evolve efficiently long-term. People are upset about situations that we feel we have no control over, like environmental pollution, social situations, and wars. Wherever you go in the world, people are screaming about their governments lieing to them. There is alot of lieing and cover ups going on. Angry teens and adults play video games that have alot of violence to channel that anger.

People need healthy ways to be an activist. If something does not resonate as true, look further into it. The distortion of the press is like a tangled web that we are in and how do we get out? Many of us know when we are being lied to and do not discount those thoughts or write them off. Corruption needs to be cleared up or it will just continue. The main thing we want is peace and what brings peace. We expect a large influx of like minded people as we grow.

This information is for those who are interested in taking action to help humanity create and sustain a healthy planet. It is also a knowledge base for those interested in learning how. Imagine living in a sustainably designed residence, contemporary woodland cottage, rustic cabin retreat, with clean energy, organic gardens, clean air, clean water, open outdoor spaces, and large common spaces for workshops, yoga, and art studios, that have a low cost of living and also support a healthy sustainable planet!

Mission: The Sage Projects: helping to support a healthy world by empowering environmentally conscious citizens with the resources they need to implement innovative processes and programs to restore the economic, environmental, social health, and vitality of their communities. Enjoy healthy living spaces made of responsibly sourced materials, a low cost of living, eco-friendly jobs, and a social atmosphere of freedom with like minded individuals. We are looking for empathetic, non-confrontational people who want to be a part of these projects for long term living and growth. The more you educate yourself on the subjects of sustainablility and living in balance with a healthy planet, the more in tune you will be with our mission.

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." -Buddha

Revolution: Building a sustainable economy and planet must begin with a worldwide revolution, since entrenched power structures will resist change that they may perceive as threatening. Revolution does not imply violence, but it does imply a consensus among a critical mass of Earth’s population on the essential principles of the emerging paradigm. Building this consensus through clear elaboration and propagation of these principles through education is the first step. Every person born on Earth is an equal co-heir of Earth. Voluntary cooperation for mutual benefits is the most efficient and satisfactory basis for all economic and social relations.

Ecovillage Adventures: We spend time at ecovillages in a few states across North America in rural areas. In some locations this land is many acres of mountain forest adjacent to ancient native american sacred space. They are used as retreats where people come to build up their health and eat fresh organic foods from the gardens. They are off grid and all electricity is produced with solar systems, wind generators, or biofuel generators. The mineral rich water comes from mountain springs or wells and has no added chemicals like the chlorine and fluoride cities add to most water systems in the United States. Fluoride added to water is in the US is not the mineral fluorine. It is the chemical sodium fluoride, which is a waste product from aluminum manufacturing plants.

We will strive to be a world renowned sustainable community known for its artistic and ecological atmosphere. A place where people live and work together in a small village set in beautiful locations characterized by vegetation, open common spaces and sustainable design buildings that nicely co-exist with the landscape and blessed with enough space for residential and common housing where there are ideal conditions for outdoor and social activities which play a big part in the residents' health and well- being. We focus on the sustainable balance of man and nature. Social opportunities are organized so that different individuals are offered variable opportunities to work, live, and socialize.

Urban Locations: After spending many years renovating an urban property with several green design sustainability features, and then spending time at several ecovillages over the years, we have developed a plan for Urban Ecovillages organized as a not for profit group, which utilize the benefits and social structure of a rural ecovillage lifestyle helping to support a sustainable planet while living in a location where most people have career, education, and social opportunities and do not have to pay overpriced rents. We are not wealthy, but many of us are professionals with Design, Construction, Permaculture, Engineering, and Management experience. We would rather be able to live in a more simple way in smaller, but well designed healthy living spaces and see our rent go to support an urban ecovillage and healthy planet rather than funding a lavish lifestyle for wealthy real estate investors who may or may not care about sustainability.

Pollution Reduction: Buildings are one of the largest users of energy creating pollution and carbon emissions. Imagine all the homes and buildings running air conditioning, lights, and heating twenty four hours a day, powered by fossil fueled power plants sending toxins into the air and water. Supporting the design and construction of sustainable buildings that utilize clean energy and sustainably sources materials is a key factor for a sustainable future. When most of our buildings are built with sustainability in mind and most vehicles are running on clean energy fuel cells and electric supplied by clean energy, the planet may finally have a chance to be clean and healthy. This will also help people with health problems caused by air pollution such as children with aethsma.

We would like to see multiple locations across the country and possibly worldwide so that people have more freedom to move around, enjoy life to the fullest, and provide examples of sustainable living for others to learn how. Imagine living on a planet with clean water, clean air, chemical free food, and sharing resources in peace! But how do we get there? We can work toward that now because we already have tested systems and have the plans and technologies.

Many of us want to live sustainably and some have been successful in remote ecovillages. So what's the catch? We have none because we follow the Golden Rule, "Treat others as you would like to be treated". Another future goal is to have land space for the development of systems described in 'The Venus Project'. The only reason why that has not started yet is probably because people have not yet organized as a group to provide or purchase the land space. The plan for this venture is to have land space in urban locations and we cannot obtain it or manage it alone.

Design and Planning: Our intention is to organize and live in a way that contributes our efforts and energy toward a more healthy planet while living in a place that helps us to work toward a more healthy balance of mind, body, spirit, security, privacy, income, freedom, and social opportunities with like minded people. We put energy into environmental activism rather than putting into enhancing profits for large organizations owned by very wealthy people who focus on personal profits rather than global sustainability.

The Sage Projects was founded on the fact that we can co-create a higher and more satisfying quality of life together working as a group than we can do as individuals by sharing skills and resources. We believe in sharing knowledge and skills and paying it forward. You can help contribute directly to our content, and join our growing community of supporters who have directly influenced what we've been able to accomplish so far and where we're headed. Find out how you can get involved by scrolling down to the "Action List".

Testing: We would like to see Urban Ecovillages in different locations with living spaces that include both cohousing and individual spaces, year round organic food production, and common spaces for workshops and yoga studios.. Our research, design, and development includes spending time in ecovillages and retreat centers across the country. We have several home and garden designs and have tested food production and clean energy methods to find out what works and what does'nt. It has been a long journey, many hours of work, the personal expenses of travel and buying books and paying for workshops, but the benefits of knowing what works and having skills and know-how is worth the effort. For now, we are working on fundraising methods for the cost of urban land to start the next project. After that is completed, we will be able to produce income from workshops, clean energy production, organic produce, and more. .

Affordable: During years of research and searching we found a wonderful low cost air conditioning system that circulates air using a low voltage fan and draws cool air from thermal mass constantly cooled by the earth even during the summer months. This helps keep costs low when you consider that many households in the south pay approximately three hundred dollars a month in electric bills. Sustainable living is affordable when residents have knowledge and know how. Even though survival today requires some income, we are more interested in a not for profit system. Collaboration and communication is needed by everyone who seeks a better world. It is fear and ignorance that separates us. We say just let it go, and reach out to everyone for a better world.

Funding the Rich: Would you choose to live in low cost high quality living space where your everyday basic living expenses help to support not-for-profit sustainable development and a healthy planet? Or do you want to continue living the traditional methods where most of your rent or mortgage payment becomes income profits to wealthy bank owners who hoard resources? Tired of funding the 1%? Would you rather be able to have savings for your own interests rather than giving most of it to people who are already extremely wealthy?

Angel Investors: Instead of working on donation campaigns, we focus most of our work on providing education and resources and earn income through advertising. One reason for that is because we are building an information base of systems that work and work well. You can read about this in the paragraph titled "The Bridege". If you are an Angel Investor who would like to contribute, even if its just the cost of a cup of coffee, you are welcome to do that at the right side bar of this page. There are many wealthy americans who contribute toward church groups and animal shelters. Hopefully some of them will consider us also, even if its a small amount. Ever little amount helps us with expenses and allows us to continue our efforts. Contact us by email or you can contribute on the right side of this webpage. thesageprojects@gmail dot com. We have spelled out 'dot' to avoid spam bots.

The earth has had life for over 700 million years. From the time man invented the airplane to the time the first nuclear bomb was dropped on a city was only fifty years. Our technological development has gotten way ahead of our social and spiritual development. We have become dangerous to ourselves and others and to the biosphere of the earth. All of this is unnecessary. Its time to work together for the common good.

Efficiency: After many years of searching, research, and testing, we have found some fairly low cost systems of high production gardening and clean energy production. One reason the cost is reasonable is because we have learned how to purchase wholesale parts and materials and install the systems ourselves. There were costs involved paying for that education, but now each time we set up a system, the cost is much lower than if we had to hire professional contractors. When you have a group of like minded people with knowledge and skills, everything becomes much more efficient financially.

People who support the ideas of a long term sustainable planet and a resource based economy believe in sharing skills, new technology, ancient knowlege, folk wisdom, and resources for the benefit of everyone rather than our current system where a very small group of people are hording most of the planet's resources and information. Living in a sustainable balanced way, we are more in harmony with nature rather than causing harm and pollution while providing the space, time, and learning opportunities for people to get the most out of life while also giving back. This is a group project where people want to work together with a large community of supporters who have similar values.

People talk about the problems of the world, but are sometimes confused about what we can do about it. What seems to be lacking is strategic thinking and a system of sharing knowledge of what really works. Many of us would like to have an off-grid sustainably designed home and garden, but cannot afford it because of the rising cost of homes, rentals, and the loss of jobs overseas; however, working together as a group we believe we can accomplish that opportunity and keep it long-term. We have seen successful examples in remote locations but would like to live in urban areas for employment, educational, and social opportunities.

Environment: Many people do not want to live in a way that causes more pollution and harm to the environment. There are alot of people talking about sustainability, but why has construction not started that uses all these new systems? Many times its due to planned obsolescence, competition, and profit. Have you ever purchased something and it did not work as intended or just didnt function at all? So most people throw it into the trash. Yet the manufacturer keeps producing it in factories that cause pollution every day they run.

We have developed a plan for sustainable living and a plan for funding them so that people can start to take action and get involved.

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