Vision | Antioch College Village

The Vision for Antioch College Village

Antioch College Village is envisioned as a neighborhood that promotes community values, fosters equity and inclusivity, employs sustainability strategies, and is rooted in the principles of cohousing. The Pilot Project of eight tiny homes will set the stage for the future.

“We are excited that the aesthetic and environmental aspects of the Antioch College Village footprint will be leading edge,” says President Tom Manley. “Our work in higher education and in the wider community should be focused on developing new and better ways of living and learning, and the Antioch College Village project is integral to our efforts.”

Cohousing is a distinct pattern of development that originated in Denmark in the 1960s. It typically consists of small private homes clustered around shared green and living space. Each home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen, while a common house provides access to amenities that are often duplicated in individual homes, like a workshop, game room and extra guestrooms. Cohousing households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors work collaboratively to plan and manage their community and life tasks such as child and elder care. Potential future development include a variety of residential units ranging from studios and apartments to three-bedroom townhomes as well as a mixed-use building to house academic programs and commercial space.

Project Architect Jason McLennan says “Our team is thrilled to help envision a new way of living and being at Antioch that is better for people, for community and for the environment for generations to come.”

Antioch College Village has been in the works since the College commissioned Sandy Wiggins—a sustainable-development consultant and former chair of the U.S. Green Building Council—to do a feasibility study in 2013. The Yellow Springs co-housing group, Antioch Village Pioneers, was deeply involved in the week-long ACV master plan charrette led by Dover, Kohl & Partners in March 2015, where hundreds of area stakeholders contributed feedback on the design of the ACV.

Sustainability at Antioch College

At Antioch College, we believe in using a 360 approach toward sustainability. Through sustainable policies, programs, and practices, Antioch College seeks to conducting our operations in an environmentally sound manner consistent with our vision of providing a place where new and better ways of living are discovered as a result of meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between classroom and experiential education. Working with our students, faculty, staff, and community, we continue to move forward in our goal to reduce our carbon footprint through all aspects of our operations.

Just a few highlights of our commitment to sustainability include:

  • Achievement of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification on major campus renovations. For example, North Hall (built in 1853) was renovated in 2012 as a state-of-the-art facility powered by a solar array and heated and cooled with geothermal energy. Today, North Hall is the second-oldest building in the U.S. to be awarded LEED Gold certification.
  • A central geothermal plant and five-acre, one million watt solar Photo Voltaic (PV) solar farm, that powers most of the campus, make Antioch among the first colleges in the country to be heated and cooled primarily by geothermal and solar power.
  • The College has joined with the Trust for Public Land and the Tecumseh Land Trust to permanently protect Glen Helen. This conservation easement ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to experience, learn from, and learn in this natural resource.
  • Through the Antioch College Farm and Antioch Kitchens, the College is a model for ecologically sustainable, humane, and socially equitable food systems. Antioch College strives to deliver real food to students, faculty, and staff. Antioch College was ranked second in the nation among colleges and universities in real food consumption at 56%.

Conceptual Plan for Future Phase

Located immediately across the street to the south of the Pilot Project of eight tiny homes