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Grow Community Launches Two New Micro Neighborhoods

Itís no surprise then that this same fervor has spilled into areas of ecological and environmental concern, particularly in regards to urban development and housing.

Thatís where Grow Community comes into the picture, an exceptionally sustainable residential development on Bainbridge Island that launched its first phase a few years ago that has since sold out. The modestly sized community consisted of nothing more than a sales office and 22 net zero energy model homes.

After selling out and garnering quit a bit of local and national buzz, Grow Community has decided to go ahead with plans to launch phase two of the development. This will include the construction of two new micro-neighborhoods called the Grove and the Park, as well as a community center that will link to the original development called the Village.

Grow Community has garnered such praise primarily due to the fact that it is only the second North American community to be endorsed by One Planet Living, a joint initiative between UK based nonprofit BioRegional and WWF International, whose guiding principles are zero waste, zero carbon, sustainable transport, local and sustainable materials, local and sustainable food and water, land use and wildlife, culture and community, and equity and local economy.

Sales for the Grove and the Park are expected to open later this year with 88 homes on the market.

By Michael Bain is an analyst for Better New Homes: