• Living Sustainably

  • What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us About Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence
  • By: A. Whitney Sanford
  • Narrated by: Effie Bradley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Living Sustainably

By: A. Whitney Sanford
Narrated by: Effie Bradley
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In light of concerns about food and human health, fraying social ties, economic uncertainty, and rampant consumerism, some people are foregoing a hurried, distracted existence and embracing a mindful way of living. Intentional residential communities across the United States are seeking the freedom to craft their own societies and live based on the values of nonviolence, self-sufficiency, equality, and voluntary simplicity.

In Living Sustainably, A. Whitney Sanford reveals the solutions that such communities have devised for sustainable living while highlighting the specific choices and adaptations that they have made to accommodate local context and geography. She examines their methods of reviving and adapting traditional agrarian skills, testing alternate building materials for their homes, and developing local governments that balance group needs and individual autonomy. 

Living Sustainably is a teachable testament to the idea that new cultures based on justice and sustainability are attainable in many ways. Sanford's engaging work demonstrates that citizens can make a conscious effort to subsist in a more balanced, harmonious world.

The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

Praise for the book:

"This kind of honest, personal, investigative work is crucial and refreshing as people meet both familiar and unprecedented challenges in living together." (Julianne Lutz Warren, author of Aldo Leopold's Odyssey)

"Inviting, informative, and down to earth…will interest anyone who wants to know how we can live out our values in an increasingly unsustainable American culture." (Dave Aftandilian, co-editor of City Creatures)

"Will leave its readers with a richer understanding of both the tribulations and joys of living in intentional communities." (Communities)

©2017 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

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Well written and thoughtful.

An informative journey with Sanford as she visits intentional communities. The successes and struggles are given articulate, equal time. You will read it and then immediately become a more honest observer of your own choices.