5. Greater World Community, New Mexico, US

Though US villages have made our list three times, there is much to be said about the sustainable villages that are cropping up across the country.

Located near Taos, New Mexico, the Greater World Community is a 634-acres development, which boasts solar homes made entirely from all natural and recycled materials, such as tires, cardboard, cans and other recyclables. Two acres contain all the residences of the Greater World Community, where a two-bedroom, one-bath solar house, with six solar photovoltaic panels and a hot water system, is priced at $295,000. The rest of the land is communal, providing acres upon which to grow organically, as well as hike, bike or play.

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