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Green CommunitiesNaturalist John Muir fell in love with the glens of Yosemite more than 100 years ago, declaring, “In God’s wildness lives the hope of the world.” We appreciate the comforts of HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) and the amenities of civilization but also want a better, greener world. We are working toward such a world. By the first decade of this century, Americans will have shopped in environmentally friendly ways in record numbers. We recycled more, even assuring that we recycled our relatives in burial in an eco-friendly way. Some of us earned college degrees in sustainability and eco-sensitive design. And we formed cooperatives and purchased homes in planned communities that are environmentally attuned to our shade-of-green preferences. This report explores “greenness” in communities, in their varied forms. It considers the concept of sustainability through better designs, new technologies and social innovations. Sustainable communities are developed to meet the “needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” They are regenerative, meaning they have “processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.”

Table of Contents for this Best practice Report on Green Communities:

Introduction
Section 1 Defining Green
Section 2 Green Concepts and Sources You Can Use
Section 3 Energy Management
Section 4 Transportation Management
Section 5 Waste Management
Section 6 Building Management
Section 7 Land-Use Management
Section 8 Governing Documents
Appendix: Top 10 Ways to Help Your Community Go Green

Case Studies
Serenbe
3400 Malone Condominium Association, Inc.
Kiawah Island Community Association, Inc.
Marlyn Condominium, Inc.

Additional Resources
Reference Notes
About the Foundation/CAI

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