How do Global Eco-Villages Create a Net-Zero Impact on the Environment?
Swinging the energy pendulum back to the center shows future potential for a sustainable planet where global Eco-villages prove net-zero impact on the environment. This is green real estate that goes beyond luxurious conveniences which creates low carbon footprint applications.
Net zero impact shows the true possibilities of how using modern Eco-friendly technology, textiles and agricultural tools can forge the way for more ethical use of water, land and air. The result is the construction of buildings, homes or Eco-villages that use renewable energy on a yearly basis. This is net-zero living and green real estate before the future forces us to devolve all of the sustainability we have implemented for the past 10 years.
We have become a society who demands instant gratification no matter the cost to human or environmental health. Much of this ‘I want it now’ approach is disguised through ‘dumbing down’ consumers with piecemeal attempts at contributing to what seems like green living when it really is just another way to manipulate the bottom line.
Investing in green real estate Eco-villages is a way to escape this uninformed thinking and allow for embracing the bigger picture. It begins with social practices, attitudes and values which are the most important cornerstone of living in an Eco-village. It is not about the “I” but rather the “we” just as it was before the Industrial Revolution when neighbors relied on neighbors to survive. Community is the first step toward net-zero capability.
A study published in Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy (5/1/16) of the Missouri Eco-Village, Dancing Rabbit, explains the covenants the community must adhere to for a successful green real estate net-zero impact.
This abbreviated version gives an idea of what it takes to sustain an Eco-village:
- No personal motorized vehicles on property
- No fossil fuels to power vehicles, space-heating, cooling, refrigeration, or heating water
- All land tilling follows standards set by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA)
- All electricity is produced from sustainable sources
- All lumber is harvested within the ‘bioregion’ with the exception of reused or reclaimed wood
- Waste disposal reclaims organic and recyclable materials for compost and more
Dancing Rabbit has been in existence since the late 1990’s and continues to grow as one of the first pioneered Eco-villages in America.
Most residents of suburban communities will go to any length to keep their personal landscaping thriving. This means enormous amounts of water, pesticides and elimination of essential indigenous plants.
In global Eco-villages, land is used more efficiently; instead of pristine, chemically altered flora, an Eco-village will grow flowers and vegetables next to living quarters. Weeds and other conventionally unacceptable sprouts such as dandelions, crabgrass and clover are encouraged in order to embrace a more robust ecosystem that adds to the net-zero impact of green real estate.
Rain catchment setups as well as water rationing can offset reliance on well or municipal water usage.
Power of Nature for Net Zero Impact
Sustainable resources in global Eco-villages include wind, hydro, biofuel and solar. Solar power is one of the major sources of a zero carbon footprint in green real estate living.
There are three ways solar can be implemented:
- Using photovoltaic solar panels to convert the sun’s energy into electricity
- Solar thermal panels that use the sun’s energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system
- Passive solar designs where sun rays heat the interior of structures during winter months
Add in energy derived from wind and hydro turbines as well as gathered food waste to produce biofuel, and a net-zero impact can be successfully achieved.
It is no longer acceptable to live as a disposable society that takes natural resources for granted. Now is the time to embrace what our ancestors created by living with, for and on the land. Respect and honor the land and it will reap what you sow.
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