Sustainability

We want you to know that we are not just green-washing our marketing materials – sustainability is part of our core vision, and one of a handful of key drivers of the decisions we make as a community.

We say we will be “Atlantic Canada’s Greenest Neighbourhood”, here’s why:

Low impact development

We are aiming to reach Passive House design standard for all of our private homes.

We are designing the community to have minimal energy needs, primarily through a highly efficient building envelope.

We have reduced the physical footprint of our development by having multiple units per building, disturbing only a fraction of our property and preserving the old growth forest.

We  have designed stacked units and shared walls to reduce building materials and heating demand.

Our landscape architects are designing for low-impact stormwater management through use of bioswales and water-retaining landscape features. 

We are considering building materials that have low toxicity, a low carbon footprint, and low embodied carbon. 

We are making an effort to source local building materials and engage local contractors so that materials and people have less distance to travel to our site.

We are exploring ways to reduce construction waste with intentional management from the outset. 

We are exploring alterations to our site plan to reduce the volume of earth trucked off our site.

We are able to reduce the size of our private units by sharing some indoor spaces, such as guest rooms and laundry.

Health and wellbeing

Research demonstrates that living in an intentional community and having good relationships with your neighbours significantly benefits your mental health.

Our design supports and encourages residents to engage in zero-waste and environmentally friendly practices, for example:

By sharing laundry facilities, large tools and appliances, gardening equipment, outdoor gear, and potentially even vehicles, we’ll drastically cut down the amount of stuff needed for thirty households.

By sharing meals, buying in bulk, and growing some of our own food, we will reduce food waste and packaging.
With a workshop on site and a community of skilled residents, there’s bound to be someone to help you fix that wobbly chair or broken toaster. 

Why buy a new yoghurt maker if you know that your neighbour will let you borrow theirs?

We are incorporating space for gardening and food forests into the landscape design, increasing our access to healthy food with a low carbon footprint. 

With our property located in the heart of the Town of Bridgewater and bordering the Centennial Trail, residents will be able to walk, cycle or bus to complete many of their errands.

Our community will promote healthy lifestyles through on-site access to both outdoor and indoor leisure opportunities.

Our buildings are being designed with health in mind, prioritizing good indoor air quality and use of construction materials with low toxicity.

Social sustainability

We are using Sociocracy, a consent-based governance system, to give everyone an equal voice and disperse power throughout the organization.

We are learning and practicing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a community.

We selected the Town of Bridgewater, NS, as our location because of its nationally-renowned progressive vision. The town government is actively working towards being a more sustainable municipality.

We intentionally incorporated a high level of accessibility and visitability into our design to ensure that the community is welcoming to everybody.

Economic stability

We bank with a locally owned and managed credit union.

Our development company is owned by future residents; we are not paying a developer.

We hire local professionals and purchase local materials wherever possible keeps our money in the local economy.

More…

We are currently researching the feasibility of incorporating the following features into our community:

* Having our greenhouse be heated by our compost pile. 
* Hugelkultur gardens.
* Gray water recycling.
* Educational opportunities for our residents and the wider community.

We are trying to address the sustainability of our development in a variety of ways and we hope you can see that we don’t take this responsibility lightly. 

Do you see something missing?

Reach out! We’d really love to hear from you.