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Welcome to the Western Reserve Eco-Network! We are a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the goals of:

  • Promoting and developing sustainable communities

  • Educating and outreach about environmental issues and egalitarian principles

  • Developing and experimenting with sustainable technologies

  • Studying and implementing biological processes to improve sustainability

  • Operating under egalitarian and sustainable principles

We have two major projects currently under development: The Glenvillage Tree Nursery, and the Western Reserve Eco-Village.

The Madison & Glenvillage Tree Nurseries

WREN runs a small tree nursery on private land in Madison, OH. The trees grown here will become a discount source of trees for non-profits, governments, and private landowners in the city of Cleveland. The Glenvillage Nursery project is in the process of acquiring currently vacant land in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland to expand our nursery operations into the city.

WREN tree nursery in Madison, OH

The tree nursery operations provide several benefits:

  • Carbon sequestration: Helping to pull CO2 out of the air and into plants.
  • Lead and other pollutant sequestration: Industrial pollution has caused widespread damage that is still causing problems for residents. Trees pull many pollutants out of the soil, including but not limited to lead.
  • Shading of city streets: Following several high-wind storms, both Cleveland and neighboring suburbs are looking to replant new trees to replace those lost in the storms. Shaded streets helps reduce urban heat island effects.
  • Fresh fruit: By including fruit trees in the selection, we will be providing fresh fruit to residents of the neighborhood. (Trees do not transfer pollutants to fruit.) We may also include berry bushes as a natural barrier and source of additional fresh food.

The Western Reserve Eco-Village

The Western Reserve Ecovillage (WREV) is working towards becoming an egalitarian ecovillage and intentional community designed to promote ecologically responsible living and a socially just culture. With a location in northeast Ohio, WREV seeks to make a community that can serve as a center of learning about equality and sustainability for the world, as well as be a living model of a better society by practicing different forms of egalitarian culture and sustainable lifestyles.

WREV seeks diversity in our membership and lifestyles, and has designed an income-sharing community model, as well as ecological and social covenants that our members live by. WREV will have a consensus-based decision-making process that allows every member to have a voice, and a democratic management process that will allow us to partition and delegate work to the people who are best suited to it.