The Inland Northwest Eco-Center seeks to develop a sustainable bioregional culture that is
in providing for the needs of our community, like clean air, fresh water,
healthy food, appropriate shelter, green energy and transportation, fair
economy, alternative health care, community self-governance, inspiring and environmental responsible
entertainment, arts and activities, independent media, person based action
learning and teaching opportunities and meaningful livelihood. It seeks to
establish systems to care for those in need, including our
children, handicapped, ill and elders.
The Eco-Center encourages to reconnect to the earth and the source of
life to inform our actions and plans. It's approach seeks a non-political, non-religious and
non-discriminatory way to realize its goals. It understands itself as a center of promoting and supporting healing in a
wide sense, for the individual, communities and the planet, curing 'dis-ease', locally, regionally and
The Eco-Center's efforts are based on people coming together and working for the highest good
of all. It seeks alternative ways to solve societal and economic issues.
It works on establishing practices that are appropriate for our times to live in a peaceful, rich, vital and beautiful
environment. It honors that everyone travels on their very own unique journey.
Provide informational resources that include books, videos, CD's,
magazines, etc. on ecological sustainability for research and for purchase, as well
as High Speed Internet access, viewing of audio visual materials and
access to databases of specific interest, including plants, seeds, local
expert directories, etc.
Create an online store and a local experts and projects directory.
Provide advice in all areas of sustainable living, including ecological
farming, natural food production and processing, bio-fuels and other
renewable energies, transportation, development of local sustainable
businesses, building product selection and shelter design, event
organization, appropriate use of technology, holistic planning and
organization, biological water and sewage systems and more.
Creating a share a ride and share a space self-managed database and a
Offer classes, workshops, presentations and activities in all areas of
sustainable living, planning and design, like organic gardening,
agriculture, natural building, Permaculture, land use design, local
economy, community building, appropriate technology, energy independence,
social systems, self-governance, indigenous skills and knowledge, and
Create an online self-managed calendar for sustainable event announcements
organize Bioregional Congresses.
Develop a seed bank of local varieties for exchange.
Community Store and Businesses
Open a store that carries products that are made locally in a sustainable
way, including groceries, tools, household products, plants, crafts
and a deli.
Form a community owned energy co-op, producing energy and a waste=food
enterprise that utilizes natural resources currently discarded, burned or
Develop a Green Map, open a green, reclaimed building material ware
house, start a Save from Waste imitative and establish Local
Transportation Alternatives like community cycles, bio-shuttle service and
Create or transform existing land use into ecological designed model
projects for different categories, including urban, suburban, rural,
agricultural, administrative and industrial, etc.
Develop a roadmap to make Sandpoint sustainable by the year 2020.
Establish an office in Sandpoint open to the public to support the goals of
the Eco-Center and for discussions, group meetings and as an
Host, train and teach volunteers to help and promote
sustainable practices throughout the community.
Establish an organizational framework to ensure the continuous
operation and financial resources of the Eco-Center.
The Inland Northwest Eco-Center has been established in Sandpoint, Idaho
in 2003 to house, network, start and support sustainable projects in the region.
The Eco-Center had rented rooms in downtown Sandpoint until October 2005.
During this time we had a resource library, a small book store, a green
building material samples display, a seed exchange, high speed internet
access and audio visual viewing stations. We also rented out office space to
fitting organizations, held a number of classes, hosted meetings for
diverse groups, started developing the front yard and distributed a
monthly newsletter. All this was made possible by
many individuals volunteering time, labor or donating materials and resources and by
Due to changes in the ownership of the building where the Eco-Center had
rented its office, we decided to vacate our space. We are currently looking
for a new location to open again.