Dream Green Homes

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated May 2, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Neighbors in Ithaca are working together to be more sustainable.

The White Hawk Ecovillage had an open house Sunday so people could see how they live.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski shows us how the neighborhood is getting back to the basics.

Julia Simkin has grown tired of living a city life in the big apple.

She visited White Hawk Ecovillage in Ithaca, in hopes of finding the place she could build her dream green home.

"With everything that's going on in the world I was looking more for a community and some place where hopefully get back down to the earth and maybe grow some food, and kind of live a more self-sustainable life," said Julia Simkin of New York City.

When the village is complete, it will be home to about 100 people.

They'll all work together to perform necessary tasks to make sure their home flourishes.

"You know, the young people can schlep the heavy stuff for the old people, and the old people can pass their wisdom down to the younger generations," said Henry Peterson, founder of the village.

The families say they make the spaces work harder, and use less energy in their production.

There will be 30 home sites when it's complete.

The average 4-bedroom home in the village is 1,000 square feet.

"When you live in a community like this, part of the idea is that you can make your house smaller because there will be a common building. They call it a common house, and in that common house can be some of your functions; your laundry, your play spaces and so on, so your house can be smaller without feeling as cramped," said Rod Lambert, designer and builder of homes in the village.

"It's possible for anybody. My husband is a teacher currently looking for work, the guy down the street is a cable guy, the guy next door is a software engineer. We're just ordinary people, we're not special. You do not have to be special to do what we do," said Julie Boerst, a community member.

In Ithaca, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

Plots in the neighborhood are around $45,000.

If you're interested in being a White Hawk Ecovillage neighbor, go to www.whitehawk.org.

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