Govardhan Eco Village: A Model of Sustainable Dharmic Rural Development
Allegra Lovejoy, Sustainability Consultant
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) is a model sustainable community rooted in Vedic traditions. Founded in 2008, GEV responds to the social, spiritual, and environmental crisis through creative design, community-building, and spiritual practice. The solution to the environmental crisis is not better technology but changing the way we think. GEV is host to over 300 full-time residents including monks, students, yogis, farmers, doctors, villagers, and engineers living together under a combination of traditional lifestyles and modern innovations for sustainability. The Eco-Village hosts yoga, meditation, architecture, and sustainability courses and ayurvedic treatments, with thousands of guests from all over the world each year, and invests significant resources in rural development in Western Maharashtra.
GEV was the 2017 recipient of the UNWTO award for Sustainable Tourism as well as a Smart Village Award, Best Water NGO Award, Skoch Award, and many others. Learn more at www.ecovillage.org.in
About the presenter…
Allegra Lovejoy received her AB from Princeton University in 2014, and is currently a Masters student at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has worked in land conservation, agriculture, and environmental planning for several years and volunteered for three months at Govardhan Eco Village in 2017. Allegra is a ‘bhakti yoga’ practitioner and is part of the Bhakti Center community based in New York, NY. She is passionate about promoting ‘Dharmic Environmentalism’ and manages the website www.EarthFriendlyTemple.org.