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Evergreen Park
  Public housing can be a real challenge for cities in their quest to provide affordable housing for low-income citizens. Making public housing green is an additional challenge. However, there are examples of how to overcome both of these and make green housing both affordable and good for the environment. One example is a public housing development in Potsdam, NY. Potsdam is located near the center of New York’s largest county, St. Lawrence. Together with Canton, a neighboring city in New Yo
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Environmentally Friendly Senior Housing
  The new group of senior citizens is very eco-aware, much more than ever before. Therefore the call for green retirement planning is more popular than ever. Unfortunately, searches for green retirement communities generally only turn up developments that might have “green” in their name but are not green at all. Here are some tips to weed out the retirement communities that advertise as eco-sensitive but are not delivering true sustainability or green strategies.
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Emerald Cities International Ltd
  Green communities are becoming more prevalent in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries. These are mostly done through private, small groups. Recently, on off-shore company in the United Kingdom has come up with the idea to have green communities become their company’s worldwide project. Nations Trust Ltd. has started the Emerald Cities Project to promote sustainable cities. The National Trust has a prototype plan for developers who want to move to a greener commun
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Elevation 314
Elevation 314 is a prime green rental property in the nation’s capital. It has been the recipient of several awards including the 2007 VA Assoc of Landscape Architects Special Commendation for Sustainable Design, the 2006 NAHB National Green Building Award, the 2005 AIA DC Award for Excellence and the 2005 Maryland/DC NAIOP award of Excellence for the Best Environmentally Friendly Building. For energy, it has lots to offer the tenant. A particular thing worthy of all the attention was that
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Eco Friendly Rental Tips for the Budget Conscious
  Not all of us can always afford to live in a LEED certified home or qualify for the special eco-communities. There are ways though to check out to see if a place is eco-friendly or ways to help make it eco-friendly. Look for a place with a recycling area. Not all places have recycling areas on their grounds. Some only have trash. It is a good indication of how eco-friendly the landlord or Rental Company is. It also helps that you don’t have to go all the way to the recycling facility.
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Diversity Homes
  New York has always had a history chock full of diversity. It is also becoming a very green place to live. There are communities such as the Diversity Homes who are making this more commonplace and possible. Located in the lower east side of Manhattan, the Diversity Homes are located in a historic neighborhood that is named for its rich culture. This area has seen immigrant families settle in the 19th and 20th centuries and where many European, Asian, Italian and Latin American New Yorkers
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Colonia Amistad
  Independence, Oregon is a city that is named after Independence, Missouri, where its pioneers originated from. Independence settled into the business of being a quiet, yet prosperous Willamette Valley river town. Only 10 miles southwest of downtown Salem, Independence is truly “‘close to everything”, yet is far enough away to still have a small town feeling. The beautiful Oregon coast is less than an hour away, skiing is about a 2-hour drive, and the state’s largest city, Portland, is only ab
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Cohousing
  One of the newest and most intriguing concepts in retirement living is cohousing, or co-housing, communities. In this type of community, like-minded adults come together to share the last third of their lives in harmony and in a spirit of cooperativeness. Cohousing had its U.S. debut in the late 80's when Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant introduced the Scandanavian concept in their seminal book on the subject. The idea caught on, and today, there are roughly 5,000 people living in 80 cohou
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Clover Field Marketplace
  In the Twin Cities area, green is becoming more mainstream than ever before. The Clover Field Marketplace development is one such place. Clover Field Marketplace is a vital component of Chaska’s goal to establish an economically diverse neighborhood at Clover Field. Clover Field offers a compact, mixed-use development. The character is a pedestrian and transit-oriented, residential neighborhood. The overall design aims to strengthen and enhance the sense of community, include affordable hous
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Chuska Apartments
  In the Southwestern U.S., the Indian tribes that have been located there have given the communities a special heritage. The rich heritage unfortunately is also defined by low-income areas, unhealthy housing and limited economic opportunities. The Chuska Apartments are made to create positive changes in more ways than one. Chuska Apartments is the first affordable housing development supported by the recently launched Enterprise Rural and Native American Initiative that works with tribes to
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Choosing a Green Golf Course
  Golf courses have a reputation for being bad for the environment. It is easy to see why eco-friendly golf courses seem like an oxymoron. They, however, have become popular in many places. Several golf courses in the Twin Cities, Florida, New Mexico and other areas have been developed using sustainable concepts. These are courses that have been built after nature’s own principles. For years, the mantra of most golf courses has been “the greener the better”. But that has come at a price. T
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Central Park at Stapleton
  Colorado is becoming well known as a place where the green revolution is a way of life. Stapleton is an award-winning master planned community on a former airport site just outside of Denver. It was designed as a sustainable community. It is planned to accommodate 12,000 homes and 13 million square feet of commercial space over the next 15 years. When the airport closed, local officials, developers, community members and environmentalists met to discuss the best use for the site. They conclu
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Carter Woods Phase II
  Many are under the misconception that living sustainably in retirement isn’t possible, especially in the South where retirement is known to be expensive. Carter Woods shows that this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Carter Woods is an affordable rental community in Eastern Henrico County just outside of Richmond. It is designed for senior citizens 62 years of age and older. Phase I was completed in 2004 and consisted of 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments and community rooms which feat
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Buying a Green Home Checklist
  Home-buying can be confusing as well as stressful. It can seem even more confusing when you are looking for a green home. There is definitely a market for green homes with many styles to choose from. Here are a few tips to help you find that dream, green home. Getting good help is the first step. With increased eco-awareness, and energy prices soaring, more people are worried about things like indoor air quality and energy efficiency in their homes. When screening potential realtors, try
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Broadway Crossing
Seattle is known to be one of the greenest cities in America. While the cost of living there is going up, it still is possible to rent a property for a reasonable price. It is also comforting to know that the space you are renting is green.
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Blue Vista
Blue Vista is an award-winning, “built green”, mixed-income community of 198 single family, duplex and triplex homes. Phase I has 79 units varying in size from 580 square-feet, one-bedroom condominiums to 1,500 square-feet, four-bedroom duplex townhouses.
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Best Green Places to Retire
Choosing a place for retirement requires some research. You want to spend your remaining years as comfortable as possible, but you also need to be able to afford it. Green places to retire are getting popular because the relationship between environment and quality of life has been shown.
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Bates Street Senior Housing
  Maine is often depicted as an idyllic place in lots of movies and books. What a lot of people don’t know about Maine is that there are some great eco-friendly developments on the way. Bates Street Senior Housing is a senior center combined with housing. It shows that even a place made for seniors can be green. The Bates Street Senior Housing project is a 30,000 square-foot, three-story building on one acre of property in the heart of the Lewistown, Maine, inner city. It includes 30 units of
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Azotea Senior Apartments
Azotea Senior Apartments is the new construction of a 60 unit development in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The development features a combination of 14 one and two story buildings. In the buildings there is a variety of 24 one-bedroom apartments and 36 two-bedroom apartments.
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Asa Flats
ASA features apartment amenities like no other apartment complex. The goal has been to provide a sense of community to the people who live in the apartments. As the ASA brochure says, “it feels more like a vertical community, than an apartment complex”. ASA was painstakingly designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, and follows in the footsteps of Portland’s thoughtful environmental choices. Whether you need a studio, a one bedroom or a two-bedroom flat, a loft with your own private outdoo
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