New Neighborhood Sets Extraordinary Bar for Sustainability

Sure, reusing an existing building is probably the most sustainable method of construction, but a new neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington sets an enviable standard for environmental responsibility in every aspect of its design.

"A new urban neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington, is arguably the most resilient--and healthiest--in the entire United States," writes Adele Peters. "Grow Community is not the first place to have net zero energy homes, community gardens, carsharing, or any of its other features, but it’s the first community to have all of those features, by design, from its inception."

"The development is the first in the U.S. to meet the stringent requirements of the One Planet Living program. 'It’s a really big-picture look at sustainability,' [architect Jonathan] Davis says. 'In a way, Grow Community provides an easy basis for everyone living there to reduce their environmental footprint.'”

Full Story: Is This The Most Sustainable Neighborhood In The U.S.?

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