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The 2019 National Cohousing Conference in Portland, Oregon was a huge success. For information about future conferences visit the CohoUS website and subscribe to the newsletter. You can view and download a souvenir PDF with photos and more info about the conference.
Friday, May 31 • 8:00am - 12:30pm
HALF DAY - Tour - East Portland - In Town

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Neil Planchon and Lew Bowers, both experienced Cohousers, will lead a tour focusing on urban gardening, sustainability and Senior Cohousing visiting Columbia Ecovillage, Ankeny Row and PDX Commons

Columbia Ecovillage is an urban cohousing community in the Cully neighborhood of northeast Portland, cultivating supportive relationships with each other, our community, and the Earth. Our 37 homes are condominiums, renovated in 2008 from a 1970s apartment complex for energy efficiency and healthy air quality. The 3.73 acre site provides ample space for large gardens, nut and fruit trees and grapes and berry patches. Growing food on their land is a major community value. https://columbiaecovillage.org

Ankeny Row is a senior, net-zero pocket community recently constructed on a small urban infill site. It includes six craftsman-style townhomes, a shared common building and a garden and courtyard. All of the buildings were designed as Passive Houses, utilizing a combination of super-insulated and airtight construction, heat-recovery ventilation and passive solar heating. As a result, the buildings’ heating loads have been reduced by 90% compared to typical new homes. The buildings will produce all of their own energy from rooftop solar arrays, allowing them to achieve net-zero energy performance.  https://ankenyrow.wordpress.com

PDX Commons is a newly constructed, 27-unit, senior project is located on a ½ acre urban infill site in Southeast Portland. The values include cohousing, walkable urbanism and aging in community. Our concrete and steel building is four stories with “stacked flats” and over 5000 SF of common space. We enjoy a container garden on a large second floor patio and a Sky Deck with a “farm on the roof.”The Community eats together several times a week and enjoys numerous other community activities. Our site also includes a 1,000 SF retail space facing the street. https://www.pdxcommons.com



Tour Leaders
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Lew Bowers

Certified Cohousing Consultant, PDX Commons
Lew Bowers is a founding member of PDX Commons. He is also a Certified Cohousing Consultant through Katie McCamant’s 500 Communities Program. Currently he is assisting Adams Creek Cohousing get started in Hood River and Our Home get started in North Portland. In an earlier life... Read More →
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Neil Planchon

Cohousing: Tour Leader / Research Network, Life Coach / Nonprofit Tech Consultant
Neil is a co-developer and founder of Swan's Market Cohousing (est. 2000). He currently co-parents the CaliCoho Summit team which gathers residents of California Cohousing residents every couple months. He is a former Cohousing Association Board and Staff member who was responsible for running and growing the National Cohousing Bus tours program... Read More →



Friday May 31, 2019 8:00am - 12:30pm
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