At Student Village, we ask ourselves: “What are we doing to make the world a better place?”

Every day we make choices that affect the environment, the climate, and other species. We feel that making small, conscious efforts to live a green lifestyle makes a big impact on our planet. Sustainable living simply means being aware of our resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste.

We believe that education is the key to sustainability. Student Village offers workshops in areas that we feel most passionate about, such as food production, permaculture gardening, and waste management. Our goal is to bring people together in sustainable practices and build community!

Here are just a few of our efforts to live a green lifestyle:

natural building

Bamboo is a local and renewable resource that can be harvested in just 5 years. The bamboo houses at the village are built with respect to the land by minimizing deforestation, pollution, and manufactured materials.

waste management

A big part of our commitment to sustainability involves efficient management of waste. This involves composting all of our food scraps and utilizing worm bins that yield nutrient-rich compost for our garden.

garden

We grow food without the use of chemicals that pollute our soil and water. Our organic garden relies on the use of beneficial insects, diversity of plants, and the use of compost to supply the soil with nutrients. The garden is always a work in progress; we aim to learn by doing!

grey water system

The grey water that comes from laundry, dishwashing, and showers is treated on-site by the use of biofilters. For this reason we recommend the use of soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, insect repellents that do not contain sulphates or other chemicals that can be toxic to microbial and plant life alike.

composting toilets

Composting toilets use nature’s decomposition process to reduce water by 90% and convert waste into nutrient rich compost. These toilets are a sustainable way to allow waste to decompose safely without odors.

food

By supporting local farmers, we reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. In fact, most of the food that Student Village eats comes from a 100 km radius. When possible, we substitute for local ingredients, such as coconut oil instead of olive oil, or banana flour instead of wheat flour.