Veridea - a Sustainable Development

The developer of Veridea envisions the community as much more than just "another typical mixed-used development." Veridea will adopt ecology as an organizing concept that acknowledges humanity's place within the natural world.

Ecology is about the whole. Veridea will marry the principles of the best thinking, methodologies and practices of the sustainability agenda with the tenets of the New Urbanism.

As an example, Veridea will utilize the U.S. Green Building council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) framework and standards where appropriate. But this new community, taken as a whole, is anticipated to exceed LEED metrics in a number of areas.

How Veridea defines "Sustainability"

The terms "sustainability" and "sustainable development" are thrown about with regularity. But what does sustainability really mean, and how are the developers using the term sustainable development when describing Veridea?

Most reasonable observers might agree with the following working definition of sustainability:

     "(it is) Related to the quality of life in a community - whether the economic, social and environmental systems that make up the community are providing a healthy, productive, meaningful life for all community residents, present and future."

The Brundtland Commission in 1987 defined sustainable development as development that:

     "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Veridea will strive to utilize as many existing sustainability concepts as possible while it is being developed. It will also be designed to anticipate design and technology evolution so that the community can take advantage of new, cutting-edge methods and technologies of sustainable development as they are created, enhanced, and become available in the marketplace.

Although planning is still in the early stage, Veridea intends to advance the following concepts from the core principles of sustainability:

  • the creation of economic value;
  • the elimination of the concept of waste;
  • the insistence on a renewable future;
  • the creation of delightful urban places; and
  • the integration of nature throughout the community.

In the spirit of innovation, the development will explore many options within each of these areas. For example, eco-effective strategies related to renewable energy may include pedestrian-oriented and share parking designs; utilization of central chillers, geothermal energy, biogas and cogeneration plants; and facilities to promote bike commuting, electric vehicles and parking requirements to encourage car-sharing opportunities.

Veridea will also integrate numerous "live/work/play" planning techniques into the design and will recruit enviro-friendly, cutting-edge technology firms as part of its business mix.