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Look inside the ‘Tesla of eco-villages’ that’s aiming to meet the rising demand for sustainable living outside of dense major cities during the coronavirus pandemic


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ReGen Villages is a startup striving to build self-sufficient communities across the globe.
The company has yet to develop, but its founder says the concept is perfectly poised to thrive following the coronavirus pandemic.
The communities could be built in more rural parts of the world, establishing attractive living situations outside of dense major cities.
As COVID-19 has spread, many in metro areas have flocked to the suburbs or to rural locales to wait out the storm, and many are rethinking their urban lifestyles as a result.
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As the coronavirus disease has spread throughout the world — and through dense cities — many have flocked to more rural open spaces to ride out the pandemic.

As a result, people who are rethinking their urban lifestyles and turning to viable housing conditions in rural parts of the world could be a focus in the future.

James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages, told Business Insider that his startup’s sustainable community model could do just that by developing eco-conscious neighborhoods in suburban and rural locales, easing the strain on dense, major cities in the process.

“It’s a steam valve, really, for the future of our species going forward,” Ehrlich said.

Here’s how ReGen Villages and rural areas could lead the way for more efficient housing after the coronavirus pandemic.

ReGen Villages has been working on its community model since 2016.
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The startup was founded by James Ehrlich, an entrepreneur in residence at Stanford University in Palo Alto with 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley under his belt. He serves as part of a White House joint task force on the Nexus of Food, Water, Energy, and Waste and is also a senior fellow at NASA’s Ames Research Center.


Ehrlich said green living prospects are in focus since the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, upended global operations and our collective way of life.
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“Now especially because of COVID we are literally being inundated with tremendous demand for how we could use [parts] outside of cities — near suburban, peri-urban, and rural areas — to be apart of this new green transition,” Ehrlich said.

Many major cities have seen an exodus of residents flocking to more rural parts to stay with family to ride out the global health emergency. Some smaller, rural locales are not prepared to accept such influxes.


Building decentralized, sustainable communities could provide what Ehrlich calls regional local resiliency, which would ease the strain on larger cities by establishing attractive housing options outside of them.
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There is interest from land developers, architects, and construction partners abroad in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. 

The company has formed a partnership with Britain’s Sir Robert McAlpine, one of the nation’s largest engineering construction firms and the mastermind behind London’s Olympic Stadium. ReGen is also working with Sweden’s White Arkitekter on a project that would make this kind of prefab, turnkey housing approach a reality.

Ehrlich said the startup is currently seeking Series A funding, with some “irons in the fire” already.


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