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How Can Property Developers Help to Create Sustainable Communities?

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Housing developers are much more than business that build houses, they create communities. Creating communities means that people take pride in the place that they live, and from this pride engagement in the community is stimulated. All of these factors lead to community growth. Creating communities is fundamental to future housing development. However today we are here to look at what property developers can to create sustainable communities.

There are many different factors that need to come together to be able to create a sustainable community some of these are:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Community design
  • Transportation
  • Waste reduction
  • Climate friendly purchasing

Sustainable communities in cities

In every new luxury apartment block that has been built there should be affordable housing nearby, this is at a minimum what developers should be doing to make cities more sustainable. However, affordable housing alone does not make a city sustainable.

Many developers are becoming much more creative, they’re actively looking to develop communities by creating cultural hubs and small wildlife reserves near the new developments. This is turning wastelands in the city into destinations that are popular.

Creating these spaces that are popular with people creates a community that is proud of the area in which they live and want to keep it a popular place. This creates a community that people want to engage with and improves the quality of life as well as the quality of the environment,

What sustainable living involves

As we have already touched on there are many different factors that creating a sustainable living environment relies on. But how exactly are property developers supposed to help create this? Well they could start by using renewable energy by adding solar panels to all new properties and blocks of flats. Developers can also offer secure bicycle parking and provide charging points for electric cars. Cutting fossil fuel usage in a community is a huge step in creating a sustainable community.

Property developers can also create a space where a community can grow their own food. Another more sustainable means of acquiring food would be to purchase it locally and seasonally. The distribution of food is another factor that needs to be taken into account, growing and buying food locally can cut fossil fuels used as the food is not distributed across the country or the world. In a new development, space can be created for local businesses so that people living in the area do not have to travel as far to buy food and other products.

Another factor that property developers need to take into consideration is waste, property developers will need to ensure that there are recycling banks for the community to use. More efficient toilets and showers can be built into the new developments. On the other hand, this mainly relies on the homeowner taking responsibility for how much water they use and how they throw away their rubbish. Property developers can guide homeowners to get rid of their waste in a responsible way by providing all of the recycling bins they will need and by making sure that they are easily accessible.

Downfalls of sustainable communities

There are many different benefits to sustainable living, but of course there are some downfalls that are involved. Creating a sustainable community can be more expensive for property developers, which can result in higher prices for property buyers and potentially higher stamp duty.However, this is often offset by the savings on bills for the property owners. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to discuss potential costs with you.

So, is it worth property developers creating sustainable communities?

In short, yes. There are many benefits to creating a sustainable community. The main benefit being the impact on the environment. There’s a sense of community when everyone is coming together to achieve one goal of being sustainable. This is something that everyone will be able to get behind and any effort that is put in can go a long way. Property developers are a huge part of helping a community become sustainable by creating buildings that are Eco-friendly and creating the infrastructure that allows people to live sustainable lives.

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Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness

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Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.

How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature

Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.

While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.

When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness.  Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.

4 Practical Ways to Disconnect

If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:

1. Switch to a New Phone Plan

It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.

One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Social Media

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).

If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.

3. Create Quiet Hours

If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.

4. Build Community

Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.

As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.

Untether Your Life

If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.

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6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move

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Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.

6 Tips for a Greener Move

Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.

1. Maximize Each Trip

When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.

If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.

2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep

The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.

3. Reuse Moving Boxes

Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.

4. Get Creative With Packing

Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.

5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies

Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.

6. Forward Your Mail ASAP

Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.

Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful

Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.

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