Cohousing Conference Set for March 20 in Maryland
Mid Atlantic Cohousing — a non-profit consortium of cohousing neighborhoods in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C., — is sponsoring “Cohousing: Growing Smart Communities Conference.”
The conference will focus on building, developing and marketing cohousing communities and will include a seminar on aging in place.
Cohousing is a planned neighborhood model where future residents participate in marketing their community. Cohousing typically achieves 75% pre-sales prior to construction.
The cohousing conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.
Conference presentations will include:
- “The 4 C’s of Cohousing: Conversions, Commissioning, Cash and Cows,” by Stanley Sersen, LEED AP, CEO and founder of The EnviroCenter and founder and board president of The Green Building Institute
- “Professional Best Practices: Including Clients in the Development Process,” by Jack Wilbern, AIA, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
- "Building One-Planet Communities: NetZero or Net+Energy!” by Bill Fleming, Sustainable Systems, LLC
- “Cohousing for All: Making Cohousing Green, Accessible and Affordable,” by Don Tucker, president of ECO Housing Corporation and developer of Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, Md.
Speakers on the “Aging in Place in Community” panel include Dene Peterson, developer of the ElderSpirit Community in Abingdon, Va., which includes affordable and accessible homes that are half rental and half ownership; Joan King, a founding resident and elder at the mixed-income accessible cohousing neighborhood Eastern Village Cohousing, in Silver Spring; and Rita Kostiuk, village coordinator for Beacon Hill Village, Boston.
The seminar — hosted by the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation — will be held in Architecture Building 145.
The conference registration fee is $60, including workshops, morning and afternoon refreshments and a reception following the presentations.
For more information or to register, visit www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org.
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