As a Conservation & Educational Non Profit, it is our job, our pleasure, and our way of life to support
a New Vision for living, surviving, and thriving in the new world that is fast shaping itself around us all. Southeast Arizona
is truly one of the most fabulous places to live on this planet, though like everywhere else we have our own unique issues
and problems. It is solving for those problems that our “beyond sustainable” community formed.
We have what some call a 3-season lifestyle, as we effectively have no winter. In actuality we are the only place in the
World that has a recognized “5 seasons!” And we use them well to have a great lifestyle in the greater Tucson - Tortolita
Our entire ecosystem is unique because we are at the intersection
of several climatic, cultural, historic, and perhaps spiritual
life zones. In spatial terms this means we have many interesting
microclimates with which to draw from, so are indeed unique.
We are leveraging this uniqueness to form this highly unusual
middle class intentional community.
Buying Into Sustainable Survivability at the first TTEV
Our first property is 22 acres on Sassy Dr in Marana. The energy is really good out there with plenty of vegetation and
a raparian area that offers shade and cool breezes in the summer. We have sold 4 lots and have one lot left. If you have
ever wanted to live in a sustainably minded community now is the time to come and see what one might look like. Basic maps
are available here: TTEV#1 Map
No one knows what the future actually holds, but it has become obvious to many that there may be a train wreck in our
near future. It may not be an end of the world scenario, but it is almost certain to be an end of the world as we know it.
Still, why not hedge your bets both ways, by preparing for solvable problems and living life to its fullest no matter what
the outcome. Invest in the process rather than the outcome. It makes a lot of sense for us all to take our heads out of
our, err… the sand and look realistically at the state of the world and more importantly the state of America and the likelihood
of what will be happening in our future. Leaving the politics aside, it is still apparent that we can not go on much longer,
if at all, with the way we used to live here in America. We are not only running out of the critical elements of society
like civility, tolerance, and community, but we are also running out of what we have become used to, perhaps the correct
word is addicted to, from the past.
We have become almost completely dependent on assumptions
that plenty of oil, clean water, good weather, stable political
systems, continued consumption growth and abundant cheap food
will always be available to us. But clearly that is no longer
the case. There is no more sustainability for any of these
critical commodities or processes. It is not even worth arguing
with the doubters and the ostriches on this subject, so you
will not find any of that here.
We focus on the positive while knowing there is a negative.
Instead you will learn about our approach to all these problems
with the techniques of “beyond sustainability.” This means
that rather than being a purist on any point we are going
to look at the practical approach behind the ideal. For example,
it doesn't make sense to stop using gasoline and oil completely.
But it does make a lot of sense to stop depending on a lifestyle
based on them, and assuming they will always be available,
practical, and cheap enough to base our former lifestyle on.
The same assumptions about the availability of water, healthy
food, cheap and abundant energy, practical housing, and so
on must be examined.
Before we look at specifics, let us state right here that
the problems facing us in the future can look almost impossible
to face. But they are not! There is a saying that “One is
none and two is one.” That means that combining with another
or with others is the only way to face overwhelming obstacles
with any chance of success.
We call this concept “intentional community.” That is what
we will be building at the TTEV Eco Village, with a purpose
and the intent to survive whatever comes with style and humor.
We also call this “Sustainable Survivability,” and we are
serious about it. And yes we have a plan and are in the process
of implementing it right now. Even if nothing bad happens
in our future, it is still the best way to live out this wonderful
game of life, which we all find ourselves engaged in. The
world needs sustainable practices in all areas of life and
living. It is just about us. It really is a community engaged
in living a meaningful life.
Let’s put one thing up front here, we are not a cult, religious,
political group or radical save the planet organization. But
we are opinionated about doing things better. Anyone who believes
in what we are trying to do, wants to participate in it and
live that lifestyle, and has the resources to join us, may
We do not care about age, color, class, religion, origin,
or anything remotely like that. However, we are very spiritual
in that we strongly believe the Earth and all that surrounds
her is a conscious living, evolving, and awesome game, and
that we must learn the real rules of sustainable survivability
in order to continue successfully into the future. In fact,
the more diversity the better.
Call us, come meet us, to find out how you can become a founding
member of our unique community that is beyond sustainability,
about sustainable survival, and an intentional community like
nowhere else. Check us out at www.ttev.org or call Samuel
@ 520 289-4149.