CommunEcos formed as a non-profit in 2011. That year we opened Recyclique, a creative re-use shop on Hillsborough Rd. in West Durham, which also contained our EcoLounge where we met for Friday night films and educational events. We closed the shop in 2018, but continued meeting in the EcoLounge until early 2020. Today we alternate between Zoom events and in-person meetings at Eco River UU Fellowship in collaboration with their Earth Justice group. In 2021 - 2022 we ran an urban garden project, and in 2022 we began the CommunEcos Foundation which offers small grants. Our environmental projects, predate the shop, and continue today! We collaborate with many groups on community events and demonstration projects on renewable energy, community economics, social justice and skill-share or hands-on workshops. We have mentored around 132 university and high school students doing service learning projects.
(1) to work toward sustainability of life on earth, and of human life within its ecological connections to all other forms of life; to work for social justice; within the dimensions of class, racial, national and gender inequalities;
(2) to promote sustainable forms of livelihood that involve the use of recyclable materials that are otherwise considered waste, and in so doing to provide opportunities for employment and income to artisans, artists, and craftspeople;
(3) to decrease poverty and increase the resilience of community economies by conceiving and implementing alternative forms of economic practice which move toward the goals of sustainability and social justice;
(4) to educate the public about the ecological, economic, social and justice-related problems arising from corporate abuses of power, and how these problems might be addressed;
(5) to educate the public about the need to transform our current globally-sourced, corporate-based food and energy systems through appropriate knowledge and technologies in the direction of greater sustainability, local control, and accountability;
(6) to work on behalf of the long-term sustainability and viability of the world's oceans, its ecological systems, and the human livelihoods these sustain;
(7) to organize financial support of local enterprises that seek to achieve the purposes (1) – (6) enumerated above.