Cleveland's Ecovillage: Green and Affordable Housing Through a Network Alliance

25 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2011  

Wendy A. Kellogg

Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

W. Dennis Keating

Professor of Urban Planning and Law, College of Urban Affairs & Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Date Written: January 18, 2011

Abstract

This article presents a case study of the inter-organizational network that formed to produce four housing projects in Cleveland's EcoVillage designed to integrate social equity and ecological stewardship as the basis for neighborhood redevelopment. Our paper builds on concepts of community development and housing production through inter-organizational networks spanning nonprofit, public, and private organizations that developed and supported four green and affordable housing projects. We are interested in understanding how development of the housing projects changed and connected traditional neighborhood development and ecologically-oriented organizations and how their interaction changed the practice of housing production and environmental and sustainability advocacy locally and regionally. The results of the study reveal that the marriage of green and affordable housing in Cleveland, despite some challenges, was viewed as important and beneficial by the organizations involved, and resulted in a range of demonstration projects that not only changed the EcoVillage, but affected other neighborhood housing projects in Cleveland as well. The projects resulted in enhanced capacity for green housing production through creation of a new network of organizations spanning the housing and environmental sustainability fields of practice that continues to support sustainable housing and neighborhood development in Cleveland.

Keywords: Affordability, Green Housing, Inter-Organizational Networks, Neighborhood Development

Suggested Citation

Kellogg, Wendy A. and Keating, W. Dennis, Cleveland's Ecovillage: Green and Affordable Housing Through a Network Alliance (January 18, 2011). Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 69-91, January 2011; Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 11-204. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1742989

Wendy A. Kellogg (Contact Author)

Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University ( email )

Cleveland, OH 44115
United States

W. Dennis Keating

Professor of Urban Planning and Law, College of Urban Affairs & Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University ( email )

2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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