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Setting up appropriate living for many persons[edit]

Sustainable living for many persons requires more complex systems than sustainable living for one person. In a community, work can be divided between a large group of people, but living and working space must be constructed on a larger scale. 

Another difference is that the same services/products need to be used several times. Depending on the situation, it can be more practical to combine several services together such as clothing, dishwashing, and sanitation systems. These examples are best combined in order to reduce the materials required for their construction, optimise their use, increase efficiency, and eliminate complexity of house wiring (as no combined DC/AC wiring systems need to be built per single home).

An additional difference could be better timing of when we use the communal appliances. This is called "energy stacking" and needs to be done with remote villages which are totally dependent on themselves to generate electricity. If this is the case, the appliances should be used at the precise moment in the day when there is electricity being generated (for cities without Energy storage).

For cities with Energy storage, the appliances are best used when the energy storage device is either nearly full (as the newly generated electricity will be lost when the storage limit has been reached), or when the energy capacity of the energy storage device is between full and above the limit of being drained too low (specifically important with deep-cycle and car batteries; some other energy storage devices may be drained dry without any problem).

In order to set up cities for communal living, new, key communal structures or buildings will be needed in certain cases. We will first try to make use of the existing infrastructure as much as possible, always opting for conversion before new construction. Also, besides regular land-based shelters, houseboats may also be a viable option.Further information is available at Wikiversity - Environmental community building.

Setting up appropriate living facilities for many people is often a question of one's own initiative, building further on an already existing initiative/movement within an area. It is like a field which gives off a bad harvest or none at all if it has not been properly prepared. Knowing key people within an area is crucial in order to help facilitate it's conversion. Financial input may be shared and/or funding may be available from environmental organisations.

A major motivation of why someone would start such a project is:If we don't do it, who else will? It is your duty if you care about the people in the area where you live, and see the need to act, that you protect its continuation.

In the developed world, neighbourhoods or small towns may be willing to change their lifestyle for a more appropriate, sustainable one, but are often not well organised, requiring someone with more knowledge on the subject to take the lead. That person can design and manage the project in a way they mutually approve.

In the developing world, the same problems exist, but with the additional problem of financial incapability. In places where there is little gain or interest at all however, it is best to direct the efforts to other areas with better chances of success. This way, your input can be most efficiently used and the conversion of the more difficult areas left to the government, who will inevitably need to alter its society anyways by the year 2050.

When a project for many people is in progress in an area with much support for the project, it is often surprising how many people in positions of power will be enthusiastic and become inspired by what you are doing. They will support, rather than hinder, your efforts. Also, people may come forward to help, sometimes for little or no wages in order to improve their environment, or due to the economic considerations. Indeed, many have commented on the serendipity of the whole process, how the right people always seem to appear at the right time. However, despite this possibility, it is unreliable to count on such events, and careful planning. Areas with support and mutual cooperation remain a requirement for appropriate living setup projects with multiple people.

When a large-scale project, or a collection of small to large scale projects succeed, in effect, we will be successful creating and developing a type of Alternative society. [(see also: chapter 4b)]