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Communicating Sustainability: Promoting a Self-assessment Tool for Eco-villages

  • Georgios Antonopoulos
  • Emmanouil AvgerinosEmail author
  • Kyriakos Antonopoulos
  • Constantina Skanavis
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Abstract

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) has reasoned that climate change, resource scarcity and radical social change have been increasingly transforming the economies, lifestyles and communities work. Sustainable development has emerged as a way of shaping a new future, where environmental, social and economic structures are perceived as interconnected. Advancement in all three areas is needed to achieve a sustainable future. The Eco-Village movement has been pioneering into promoting sustainable development, by ways of bringing people together to create intentional communities where sustainability in all three areas constitutes their main drive and objective. Eco-Villages have been rather uncharted territory for academic research. There are though successful examples that have pioneered in communicating environmental issues and have disseminated knowledge towards local municipalities, whilst achieving their goals on sustainability. The object of this paper is to create a tool for evaluating the sustainability discourse of Eco-Villages by means of identifying emerging concepts, common patterns and occurring sustainability themes amongst them, while taking into account their individual characteristics, similarities and differences.

Keywords

German Advisory Council Global Ecovillage Network Sustainability Assessment (SA) MacKendrick Permaculture Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios Antonopoulos
    • 1
  • Emmanouil Avgerinos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kyriakos Antonopoulos
    • 2
  • Constantina Skanavis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnvironmentUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  2. 2.President of the Board of Skyros Port Fund, Skyros Port FundSkyrosGreece

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