From its inception in the early 90’s, EVI has garnered steady media attention. This has increased exponentially as the world wakes up to climate change, and people are seeking viable alternatives. EVI has been featured in significant articles in Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, as well as Japanese and Korean national newspapers, Voice of America TV (Indonesia), and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Examples of our educational outreach:
- Developed an annual program of one-day, week-end and week-long workshops which are attended by people from all over the world Find out more about our current Educational Program
- Co-organized the Third International EcoCity and EcoVillage Conference in Senegal, West Africa, in 1996, with attendees from 45 countries.
- Partnered with Ithaca College Environmental Studies Program to create curriculum and teach courses on "sustainability science" under the auspices of a National Science Foundation grant.
- Brought in nationally known speakers in the fields of architecture, cohousing, community design, and environmental education to speak to audiences at Cornell, Ithaca College and downtown Ithaca.
- Helped to create a new non-profit organization, "Living Routes", which takes students to ecovillages around the world. We hosted a two week Summer Institute in Sustainable Living with this program in 2000.
- Worked with interns from eight different colleges around the country. Interns helped to organize conferences, set up a speaker series, assistant teach courses, create brochures and much more.
- Six Master's theses have been written about various aspects of EcoVillage, and two PhDs are in the works. One is being written by an anthropology student who spent a year living in the community.
- Offered two three-day Permaculture Design workshops, which created edible landscaping and erosion control applications.
- Offered tours to hundreds of visitors and students every year.
- Worked closely with professors who taught semester long courses focused on EVI from various Cornell departments, and Roger Williams University (RI).
- Served as adjunct faculty who team-taught a course in Environmental Management in the Rural Sociology Department at Cornell.
- Worked closely with media to "get the message out" about EVI. Television programs about EVI have been aired in Japan and Spain, as well as on PBS, Nickelodeon, CNN "Earth Matters" and more. National Public Radio has highlighted EVI in several shows, and EVI has appeared in prominent articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Popular Science, American Demographics, American Architect, Utne Reader, Communities Magazine, and the Cohousing Journal, among other print media.
In 2005, New Society Publishers issued EVI Executive Director Liz Walker’s book EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture, which has received excellent reviews from constituencies as diverse as college professors to inner city activists, and from Filipino environmentalists to American planners. The book has also been translated into Korean and Japanese. As a result, Liz is frequently invited to lecture and consult across the U.S. and in Asia and Europe. As EcoVillage Executive Director, she is also frequently asked to be a spokesperson at regional, national, and international conferences, and is also a founding Board member of Gaia Education, a group which teaches sustainability-based immersion programs in ecovillages around the world.