The founders of Earthsong were committed from the very beginning, in 1995, to building a neighbourhood that was as socially and environmentally sustainable as possible, with a vision statement which began:
Our vision is to establish a cohousing neighbourhood based on the principles of permaculture, that will serve as a model of a socially and environmentally sustainable community.
We continue to implement the aims included in our vision statement:
In response to this vision statement, Graham Meltzer kindly wrote:
all the communities included in this series of case studies, Earthsong
Eco-Neighbourhood has perhaps the most ambitious vision. The simple,
pithy statement above encompasses ... a hugely rich and complex social
and environmental agenda. ....The environmentally sustainable
technologies of this project are amongst the most comprehensive in
cohousing and undoubtedly the best documented."
(From: Sustainable Community: Learning from the Cohousing Model, 2005, Trafford Publishing, Cheshire, p.85)