How to "Energize" the ABCs of Green Real Estate-
Asheville Green Real Estate Journal
Today's project? Find out how to make the ABCs of Green Real Estate work 365 days a year. Could it be as simple as making a choice to be neighborly? Good Question!
Most of us love the idea of bringing energy to BEing neighborly in any number of ways.
But where and how do we start?
How about right out our front and/or back door where homes and common structures can optimize positive social interactions?
EXAMPLES: Walkable communities and front porch/back porch neighborhoods where happy opportunities find their way into the lives of residents on a regular basis. We might also find this atmosphere in any number of eco-village neighborhoods.
(Photo - Fun at the tailgate (farmers' market) in a walkable neighborhood in Asheville, NC.)
When community gardens find neighbors working together cooperatively, sharing tools and resources, and when social events are close-at-hand, and chance-meetings at the bakery are everyday experiences, "energizing" the ABCs of eco-friendly real estate becomes more likely. Indeed, there is much to be said for bringing people together.
INCLUSIVITY: : Many members of the boomer generation are clued-in to the benefits of the multi-generational, family-friendly neighborhood. This environment also is energized by inclusivity. Here people can create a culture of celebration. With positive benefits, the outcome of this collaboration can be a Big Deal. And it can happen naturally in such neighborhoods.
QUALITY OF LIFE:: With quality of life -across the generations- in mind, here is a "How TO" - an "Action Alphabet" to which, if you are inclined, you are most welcome to toss in your .02 cents!
Adopt affordable ways and means.
Create responsible self-governance
Design for Diversity
Establish edible landscapes
Figure out how to include finishes that are non-toxic
Go Green (LEED or HealthyBuilt) in Building Standards
Include wildlife conservation & restoring habitat diversity
Jump into energy efficiency, conservation & generation
Help maintain healthy sustainable relationships in the neighborhood or community
Kindle a program(s) for lifelong learning
Launch permaculture design principles
Meet needs of the present without negatively impacting future generations
Negotiate for resource sharing
Organize for onsite year-round food production
Plan for passive and active solar
Qualify the social governance polices in terms of “best practices”
Require abundant common green space
Support cultural diversity
Tend community gardens as neighbors, working together cooperatively
Unleash the potential of a socially vibrant community
Verify the value of employing whole-systems design that seeks balance among social, economic and environmental imperatives
Weave social and physical permaculture principles into the fabric of every day life
"Xpell" doubt =)
Yearn for the highest good of all concerned
Zoom into Net-ZERO energy
Toss in your .02 cents!