About 50% of the homes and sites are completed.
Major upgrades / new projects are expected
before close-out in about 2020.
Existing Eco-Friendly Initiatives :
- 200 acres of ponds and lakes for fish, birds and other wildlife
- Regional wetlands preserved for future generations and preservation of water tables
- 17 miles of bike paths, walkways, and nature trails
- Cleaner water runoff from rooftops, homes and infrastructure to the Chesapeake watershed and Bay
- Monitoring of water quality by independent external parties
- Signage to educate residents, guests and local students
Partnerships with local public schools including Auburn Middle, Greenville Elementary, C. Hunter Richie Elementary and Kettle Run High School
- In its third year, the “Outdoor classroom” with cut logs as seats in a circle, uses nature trails as a teachers’ aid for walking and sitting
- Improved test scores in English, Science, Mathematics and Photography and accommodations for ADD / ADHD students
- Signed and clearly marked crosswalks for students and residents
- Minimal vandalism as students are taught to respect the environment / signage explaining wetlands and other features
- Community facilities for parents and children including meeting rooms
Eco-Friendly Infrastructure and Best Practices include:
- Ground donated for Auburn Middle School and future public library
- “Green” recycled asphalt for new roads
- Less than 10% clearing of trees and felled trees turned into mulch to reduce waste and transportation to nature trails reduces carbon footprints
- Professional guidance on wetlands and other infrastructure by Civil Engineers and external parties
- Visibility in regional magazines / press
- New road to Vint Hill and support of Discovery Garden for farm to table projects
- Future workforce housing projects, sports fields and other community based benefits
- Upgrading of dams
- New walkways by roads
Energy Conservation through off-grid geothermal / solar technologies for (future) Community Facilities
The Energized Research – Learning Institute (www.ER-LI.com) launch on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Poplar Springs – The Inn Spa was attended by Ed and Tammy Moore, Holder Trumbo, Chester Stribling, Sheryl Wolfe, Brian Gorg, Warren Darrell, Birge Watkins and a host of local business representatives. ER-LI is beginning to work with Brookside homeowners on reducing their monthly utility bills and CO2 footprints.
If similar houses in the same neighborhood are placed on the market, the Greener / More Sustainable Home will appraise higher and sell faster.
A recent Broad Run example showed the same house being appraised for $400,000 and $465,000 (16.25% more) by two different appraisers within 15 days, the latter taking the time to evaluate HVAC equipment, grounds returned from lawn to nature, lower utility bills, and increased comfort levels in the home.
Stay tuned for amazing results as Brookside residents get involved, attend inexpensive, onsite classes and apply simple technologies developed since 2008.