Good Tree Village is now a member of Mid-Atlantic Cohousing (MAC), an organization of communities across the Mid-Atlantic states. Their members offer the expertise they have acquired in the course of planning, developing, and living in cohousing communities.
MAC is a regional resource for individuals seeking cohousing and for existing and developing cohousing communities located in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware and Pennsylvania (and sometimes North Carolina). They are organized for the expressed purpose of educating and informing the public at large and those folks actively engaged in cohousing about the benefits and challenges of forming, building and living in cohousing. Annually MAC schedules a bus tour of several cohousing communities in the Mid-Atlantic region to educate folks new to cohousing. MAC also provides training workshops on issues of concern to people already engaged in cohousing such as governance, mediation, workshare, facilitation, meeting management, facilities management, etc.
MAC produced a DVD-book combo titled Building Sustainable Communities for Today’s Housing Market to encourage developers, building professionals, and those in the financial industry to add cohousing to their housing mix. The DVD showcases three developers from Bethesda, MD; Boulder, CO; and Nevada City, CA; who explain in detail their experiences in bringing cohousing to market. The DVD covers financing, budgeting, marketing, sales, and the role green building plays in cohousing. Watch the trailer: