Sustainability Movie Playing Wed. Aug. 20th

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The Sustainability movement for cities like B-Town is really starting to catch on, and if you’re at all curious about what it means to your life or living spaces, you should check out this upcoming movie showing called “Designing A Great Neighborhood” which plays Wed. Aug. 20th at 7pm at St. Francis Church (map below).

From the film’s press release:

Ever wonder what a sustainable and affordable community might look like?

Ever wonder if a “zero emissions” neighborhood where solar energy, energy efficiency, and changes in behavior eliminate the need for fossil fuels is possible?

Let us look at one community and how they did it, based on principles of sustainability.

After watching DESIGNING A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD (54mins), we’ll talk about these principles, how they can be incorporated into our everyday lives and in plans for our future. Imagine!

To people driving past the old Holiday Drive-In Theater site in Boulder, Colorado, it might seem like a new neighborhood has sprung out of the ground overnight. But those who worked on the project’s development know better. Collectively, hundreds of thousands of decisions and choices were made to create the 330-home neighborhood, where affordability and sustainability are primary goals. It wasn’t exactly a simple mission.

In DESIGNING A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, director David Wann follows the progress of the Wild Sage Cohousing Community project, where future residents participate in the design of their own neighborhood. The stated architectural goal at the Wild Sage site in Boulder is a “zero emissions” neighborhood in which solar energy, energy efficiency, and changes in behavior eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

The master site developer, The Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), has a vision for creating affordable neighborhoods that are also lively, efficient and pedestrian friendly. More than 400 people with low and middle incomes will live at Holiday, many as first-time homeowners.


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“Finally, a film that goes beyond green building to address the comprehensive benefits of green neighborhood design! By prioritizing quality over size, we can achieve better neighborhoods for people in all stages of life and income brackets. The market for great neighborhoods will flourish once people know what’s possible, and can ‘vote with their dollars.’ Developers, governing officials and the public need to see this film!” – Alexis Karolides, AIA, Principal, Green Development Services, Rocky Mountain Institute

“‘People don’t really understand there are choices about how you build and where you live,’ says Wann. ‘This story enables them to see an example of something different to make them happier, save them money and save the environment. It’s a lay person’s look at what green building means.’…Higher density, a community garden, walkable and interconnected streets, nearby shops and even shared car rentals encourage a sociable existence.” The Denver Post

Co-sponsored by St Francis Just Faith, Southend Neighbors for Peace and Justice, and Sustainable Burien.

  • St. Francis Church, Unity Place
    15226 21st Ave SW
  • Wed, Aug 20th at 7pm

A study guide (in PDF form) is available here, and a video guide is available here.

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One Response to “Sustainability Movie Playing Wed. Aug. 20th”
  1. SolarDave says:

    There is another community like this going in in Arvada Colorado. I just interviewed the architect in 5 videos on my site if anyone is interested.

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