Belfast organization wins award

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 5:46 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The Natural Resources Council of Maine announced that the Belfast Co-housing and Ecovillage is this year’s winner of the council’s People’s Choice Award for their work to establish a model co-housing community.

“Belfast Co-housing and EcoVillage members have pursued their vision of an ecologically sustainable community and way of life, one that promotes conservation of Maine’s natural resources,” said council Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann. “Such a community requires diligence and perseverance. Maine citizens recognize and value such a vision by having selected them as this year’s People’s Choice winner. I am pleased, on behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to recognize their efforts.”

The People’s Choice Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Awards, granted each year to an individual or group whose actions have made a difference at the local, regional or state level in the protection of Maine’s environment. The People’s Choice Award provides an opportunity for residents across the state to nominate someone in their community who has worked selflessly to protect a special place or otherwise has made a difference in the protection of Maine’s land, air, water and wildlife.

Belfast Co-housing is a diverse group of individuals and families who have been working since 2007 to create a residential community based on neighborhood cooperation, affordability and ecological sustainability. Clustered housing and shared infrastructure are key to their vision, and the group’s members note that everything about this unique community has been carefully planned.

The award was presented Sept. 23, at council’s annual meeting. This year former Maine Sen. George Mitchell was keynote speaker. Mitchell acknowledged the efforts of Belfast Co-Housing and congratulated them.

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