Company: Clover Sisters
— Bio —
My name is Alice Clover. I'm a student who believes that the word sustainable carries a lot of water. Rooted in conservation and energy efficiency, sustainability addresses in equal measure the quality of
human experience and the prudent use of natural resources to sustain our endeavors. Sustainable developments succeed when they contribute to community health and economic stability in the same careful way
that they embody environmental stewardship. The sustainable development has provided us a rare opportunity to join the natural and built environments in a seamless, “layered” urban system. With experience
and best practices as our guides, the sustainable development will imaginatively wed smart technology with habitat enhancements to the benefit of residents, business owners and adjacent neighborhoods. And
like other such sustainable master planned communities before will improve with age.
The principles in which I believe
1. Economic and Social Diversity
The housing types - from small efficiency units to single-family homes on large lots - will suit many different kinds of people at different stages in their lives as well as different income levels.
2. Create a Center
As the name suggests, the Center would draw its energy from the various human activities taking place there: living, shopping, working, studying and playing. But the vision includes lots of open area, too.
The Center will feature dramatic green spaces - manicured playfields and natural habitat that will add beauty and provide important functions in watershed management.
3. Reuse and Retrofit
Adapt and reuse as many existing buildings as is feasible. Other infrastructure may also be retrofitted for future use. The water system, for example, could be expanded. That would reduce the reliance on
municipal water system. Likewise, the existing roadway network may be able to serve future needs in the community.
4. Create Local Employment
Some of the existing and new buildings will be suitable for business development and perhaps even light industrial use. The ultimate objective for this community plan is to create as many jobs on-site as
there are households. Creating that many jobs locally will dramatically reduce transportation impacts that a development of this size might otherwise have on the surrounding roads.
5. Building Efficiencies by Building “Green”
The Master Plan envisions minimum energy standards for all buildings on-site, regardless of who builds them. Once constructed or retrofit, those buildings should likewise be cost effective and energy
efficient in all ways, aiming to reduce the resources and energy necessary to operate and maintain them.
6. Respect the Landscape
The Sustainable plan needs to work with, not against, the existing landscape. Large forest blocks and wetland will be preserved and, indeed, expanded over time. The more pronounced ridgetops yield to slopes
and watercourses that will be reserved for gentle recreation, habitat and flow of rain water. The hillsides all draw towards the Center, so it becomes the focus for social activity as well as an ecological
hub - where nature and built environments coalesce around mutual accommodation and benefit.
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