Over 500,000 people are homeless in the USA every night. This tiny house community for the homeless is a solution! Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon is transitioning the unhoused into sustainable living situations. What started with an empty, unused lot of land is now a village of 30 tiny houses!
“Food Not Bombs” is spreading across the world! Starting in Cambridge, Massachusetts 37 years ago, they are now in 500 cities in the USA and 60 countries worldwide. To combat hunger, homelessness, and poverty, they rescue food that is going to waste and provide free meals to feed the hungry. Local stores, food banks, and farmers markets donate fresh ingredients, which a team of volunteers cook and serve.
Welcome to The Eugene Backyard Farmer, an urban farming store that makes farming easier and more accessible in cities. Millions of people are waking up to where our food is coming from and many across the nation are starting to grow their own.
Welcome to the ReCyclery, a community cycling center empowering people to live a more active lifestyle. For 10 years, they have been building bikes and promoting cycling for a healthier, more sustainable community. The ReCyclery sells everything you need to get started. They also have an affordable rent-a-bike program, making bicycles more accessible to all.
Welcome to O.U.R. Ecovillage, a sustainable living demonstration and education center, based on permaculture principles and aiming to work with nature, not against it. People visit O.U.R. Ecovillage to learn how to live sustainably. They offer classes on sustainable food production, permaculture, natural building, and crafts such as basket making.
This tiny house in the Redwoods cost under $500 to build. The owner has been living there for over 5 years. It’s built with cob; utilizing local, natural materials, many salvaged from the landfill.
Meet Craig Calfee, the genius bamboo bicycle builder. Craig was the first modern bamboo bicycle builder, starting in the 1990’s. Every bamboo bike is made by hand by him and his staff, and every single one is unique. From racing and off-road bikes to double-decker-tall bikes to heavy duty frames that can carry loads of over 400 pounds! And electric bikes that go over 30 mph with pedal assist.
This is Chris Scott, a humble man with a big plan. In 1975, Chris brought the first Ikea to North America. Now he’s taken the Ikea idea to tiny houses! To house the houseless and provide affordable housing options. With his genius I-Wood design, he’s created a system that allows people with minimal building experience to build simple tiny houses, in as little as one day! His I-Wood fits together, sort of like Lego’s or Ikea furniture, making it easy to assemble and extremely stable and strong. The kits include instructions on how to build the tiny house.
Meet Mr. Eco, the environmental rap hero for kids. Children are exposed to thousands of ads per day, trying to convince them to consume, consume, consume. Mr. Eco uses hip-hop to teach children to respect and protect the world. He has performed at over 400 schools, to over 210,000 students. And the kids go wild!
Welcome to the world’s largest soil rooftop farm. It covers 2.5 acres on two rooftops in New York City. That’s about two football fields of space! The farmers harvest 50,000 pounds of food every year and sell the produce locally at farmers markets, restaurants, and through a CSA.