Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation. If thereâ€™s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities. Hereâ€™s a quick look at each of the 10 communities; make sure to check out the original article â€“ Americaâ€™s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods â€“ for more information.
3. Northwest Crossing (Bend, Oregon): the 486-acre mixed-use community is xeriscaped, planned, and all buildings and homes are green building certified.
4. Pine Ridge (Ketchum, Idaho): an eco-friendly master-planned community with market rate and affordable housing options.
5. Prairie Crossing (Grayslake, Illinois): a 359-unit, LEED Neighborhood Development with extensive green technology and an organic commercial farm.
6. Issaquah Highlands (Issaquah, Washington): green community with +3,000 homes built to local green building standards and situated near parks, recreational areas, and preserved forest land.
7. Mosier Creek (Mosier, Oregon): eco-friendly neighborhood with 22 homes and 12 apartments powered by solar thermal and photovoltaics.
8. Kalahari Harlem (New York, New York): innovative green building with 250 affordable units, community gardens, and an on-site car sharing program.
9. Garden Atriums of Poquoson (Poquoson, Virginia): low-water use community of net-zero energy homes with a fruit orchard, vegetable garden, and community composting.
10. Pringle Creek (Salem, Oregon): mixed-use community with walkable neighborhoods, two restored greenhouses, and careful water planning and rainwater management.
Get the entire list and slide show of America's Top 10 Green-Built Neighborhoods from Natural Home or grab a copy of the May/June 2010 issue.