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Eugene Weekly
January 9, 2014

Karen Litfin, a University of Washington professor of political science, spent a year traveling and researching her book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community. Litfin, along with Deni Ruggeri of the UO’s landscape architecture program and Anita Van Asperdt, a local landscape architect, will be discussing “Ecovillages and Ecodistricts: Solutions for Climate Change” at the UO Jan. 13.

Litfin says an ecovillage is “generally an intentional community that has come together trying to live sustainably” and she says that means living ecologically, socially and economically.

In more than 20 years of teaching about global environmental politics at UW, Litfin says she has watched things go from bad to worse in terms of climate change, biodiversity and even optimism about where the world is going. But she says that looking at ecovillages gives us some basic principles of how we can live together from small communities all the way to the nation-state.