MBA-SBP Spring Project with Rachel Carson Ecovillage

by Josh Jan

As the final semester of the program rolled around, it was time for our final client project. For the spring 2021 semester, my team and I had the opportunity to work with Rachel Carson EcoVillage (RCE). Our team was tasked to find best practices and strategies to market RCE’s multigenerational community of sustainable homes.

On a chilly Friday afternoon, the team and I had the chance to visit the RCE site on Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus. We got to explore Eden Hall’s beautiful campus, which is home to the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University and the site the ecovillage will be built on. RCE residents will have the opportunity to access and participate with campus amenities and events ranging from community dinners to growing vegetables in the garden with other residents.

The experience with working with RCE has been nothing but an amazing opportunity. This task feels more than a normal project. We have felt a true connection with the members of RCE revolving around the topic of sustainability. Best of all, we get to spread the word of sustainability and RCE’s commitment to a wide range of like-minded people. The team is looking forward to delivering the best service to the wonderful people at RCE to spread joy and most importantly, a multigenerational community.

My biggest takeaway from working with RCE is the importance of people and community. The ecovillage is a place for people to be together as a community doing right for the planet while having fun together. Without the people, there is no community.

We want to give a special thank you to Stefani Danes, Jim Robertson, Sharlene Emerson, and Becky Lubold for giving us the opportunity to spread the values of Rachel Carson EcoVillage.