How to Develop an Environmentally Friendly Subdivision

How to plan and build an environmentally friendly subdivision. Features in an eco-friendly neighborhood. Some people want to be more environmentally friendly but have no idea how to do so, by planning and building environmentally friendly subdivisions a

Many of us which to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Sadly, however, many people are unaware of the environmental impact their everyday lifestyle has on the planet. In fact, currently people are consuming non-renewable resources faster than they can be renewed and pollution is still a huge problem with run off water killing lakes and coral reefs. As such it is a good idea for developers to try to build environmentally friendly subdivisions.

Many subdivisions have their own rules (such as what colors the houses must be) which serve no real purpose in terms of benefiting humanity or the environment. Below are some of the features that an environmentally friendly subdivision would have, as well as some of the rules that could be in put place.

House size would be limited. Larger homes take more resources to build and require more energy to heat (or keep cool). As such smaller homes are generally more environmentally friendly. The homes could be built using recycled products (such as tires and/or straw bales). They could make use of geothermal heating.

Environmentally friendly houses would have only two bedrooms; three at the most. Human population growth is the number one problem facing the environment today, and in the future. Building smaller homes for smaller families is the right thing to do for the environment, as many environmentally concerned people have chosen to only have one child.

Environmentally friendly homes would be fitted with solar panels. They would have a grey water system, a system that allows bathwater and sink water to be used to water the garden.

Each house would sit on a large lot of at least a ¼ acre or more, allowing room for the home owner to have a garden and to grow some of their own food. The lots would be developed in such a way that as a many trees as possible could be left as they can help keep the house cool in the summer.

Rules against the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides would be put in place. These chemicals eventually run off, damaging streams, rivers, and coral reefs.  Natural gardening practices would be encouraged.

Turf lawns (which require constant mowing) would be discouraged, instead it would be better if people had gardens, and more natural areas.

Composting would be encouraged.

People would be allowed to keep a limited number of chickens (or just hens) for eggs and/or meat.

Centrally, within the subdivision there would be a natural area including a pond, this would serve as a collection area for run off, rather than using storm sewers.

The location of the subdivision would be within walking distance of shopping, employment, and public transportation.  Streets would be narrow, saving land for better use, and saving money for the developer.

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