• Make appropriate use of the land
  • Use water, energy, materials and other resources efficiently
  • Enhance human health and wellness
  • Strengthen local economies and communities
  • Conserve plants, animals, endangered species and natural habitats
  • Protect cultural, archaeological and significant     agricultural resources
  • Create a nice place to live in
  • Be economical to build, maintain and operate

Sustainable Community Principles

  • Ecological site design: minimize development footprint, on-site erosion control, water purification/pollution reduction, and stormwater management (bio-swales, bio-filters, pervious paving)
  • Transportation alternatives: promote bicycle, pedestrian, NEV and transit use
  • Waste reduction, re-use and recycle
  • On-site management of sewage and organic wastes: such as greywater systems, biological wastewater treatment and community composting
  • Promote energy efficiency
  • Promote use of renewable energy: photovoltaics, solar, geothermal pumps, wind turbines, micro-turbines and fuel cells
  • Maximize water efficiency and conservation, domestic and irrigation
  • Use of renewable, re-usable, durable, low toxicity materials and resources
  • Protect, enhance, restore wildlife habitat and appropriate existing native vegetation
  • Employ appropriate landscape, considering climate, region, drought-tolerance, source, habit, culture, application and maintenance
  • Promote human well-being for all groups, all ages: health, physical activity, education, social dynamics, cultural opportunities, ecological awareness
  • Promote efficient construction activities: minimize area of exposed soil, achieve net zero erosion and sedimentation, protect existing vegetation to be preserved, re-use existing vegetation

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