The Ecovillage family housing option is reserved for
- Single parents who have full-time custody of one or more dependent children
- A married couple – with or without children.
The Ecovillage has 50 apartment units, which range from one, two and three bedroom layouts. They are arranged in a townhouse style , with the living, dining, and kitchen area downstairs and bedrooms and bath and study area upstairs.
The rent for the Ecovillage rent has a range for the one, two, or three bedroom options. Heat, electric, water, and sewer, as well as cable utilities are not included in the rent.
Some of the apartments have low water-use washer, but none have dryers. For those that do not have washers there is access to washers and dryers in the Ecovillage Commons House.
As a tenant of the Ecovillage you will be expected to participate in environmentally friendly practices and community building activities. Recycling, conflict mediation training, and energy monitoring is an expectation of everyone. Some programs you might be expected to engage in while living in the Ecovillage, include,
- Provide one educational or social program a year on sustainability
- Participation in gardening/ landscaping/ grounds/ outdoor activities
- Production and distribution of green cleaning products
- Participation in governance or leadership of Ecovillage Association
- Babysitting at program events
- Apartment Maintenance
Involvement in such programs for student families can be an important aspect of raising socially and environmentally conscious children.
When you receive the application for the Ecovillage in the mail, you should return it as soon as possible, along with the application for the Child Development Lab (daycare) (if needed) and a background check form for yourself and for your spouse ( if married). The fee for the background check form will be paid by the Ecovillage program, so include that in the packet and make sure that you have a witness to sign who has seen you sign your form.
Rental assignments will be made 30-90 in advance of the requested move-in date.
- When the confirmation letter is received by applicant, you are asked to return the Intention to Rent Form within 5-7 days.
- The Rent is charged to the student account at the beginning of each term and must be paid before in order to register for the next term.
For Questions, Contact:Elaine Adams Ecovillage Coordinator Residence Life Collegium 116 Washington Street, Cpo 1732, Berea, KY 40404 Phone: 859-985-3179 https://www.berea.edu/sens/ecovillage/