The Sisters of St. Joseph are partnering with the Ecological Cultural Initiative in Hampton Bays and its mission. The mission of ECI connects with the Vision expressed by the Congregation in its Land Ethic Statement. of ECI, The Sisters have partnered with ECI by supporting its projects on the grounds of St. Joseph Villa in Hampton Bays.
Founded in January of 2016, the Ecological Culture Initiative (ECI) is a local non-profit that develops environmental programing and field projects in collaboration with community groups, cultural institutions, and government. Operating out of the Hamlet of Hampton Bays, NY, ECI develops ecological and permaculture-based pilot projects throughout the community.
Of all the Villages and Hamlets on the East End of Long Island, Hampton Bays stands uniquely poised to serve as a model of environmental tourism, historic preservation, and regenerative neighborhood development. Originally settled by farmers and fisherman as Good Ground, it was renamed Hampton Bays in 1922 to entice tourism.
ECI’s vision is that of a pedestrian-friendly, welcoming, historic Main Street posed of local eateries and shops, owned by local people who ensure they are provisioned by local organic farms and sustainable wild fisheries, in buildings constructed with natural materials, serviced by local tradespeople, and populated by the society of beachgoers, families, fisherman, intellectuals, surfers, vacationers, and lovers of the outdoors who have always worked and played on the waters and in the woods in which we dwell.
Hampton Bays is at a crossroads – it may be fully transformed by the suburban sprawl that defines so many Long Island communities and become an ecologically-destructive neighborhood of franchise-operated storefronts surrounded by concrete and asphalt or preserve the components of the community we value and advance the interests of the community in a sustainable way.
ECI raises funds to tirelessly advocate, educate, counsel, secure and help build an ecologically-responsible neighborhood. It hopes to conserve the fine small homes on our avenues and the quaint cedar-sided cottages at the end of unpaved driveways. ECI advances the evolution of an ecologically-minded landscape inclusive of undeveloped woodlands, small-farms, marsh-fronted properties, and the healthy waterways that are the keystones to our physical and economic health.
View video here: ECI Partnership