When it comes to conserving water and energy we feel that the discussion isn’t really about right or left, it’s about right or wrong. Wasting energy and water is a bad idea no matter where you stand in the political spectrum and we’re loving the concept of Brownsville Transit Village in Miami. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is in town today to meet with local green business leaders and tour the new, environmentally sustainable building project.
The project, developed by Carlisle Development Group, is set to open in March. The village is set on over 5 acres of previously underused parking spaces adjacent to the Brownsville Metro Rail Station and will now provide the county with lease revenue and low to mid income families with transit focused housing and shops that are, to make a good idea even better, a model in water and energy conservation.
Carlisle is working in partnership with Alterna Corp., an EPA WaterSense partner and leading distributor of green building products. Alterna Corp. in turn supplied plumbing fixtures by Sustainable Solutions International who are the US distributor for Caroma, the makers of highly efficient, water saving toilets. Caroma’s Smart 305 dual-flush, low-flow toilets and fluid’s lavatory and kitchen faucets used in the project, greatly contribute to the estimated water savings of over 5 million gallons per year, compared to standard plumbing fixtures, on top of roughly $50,000 per year in utility savings.
So wait, let me get this straight: A good use of previously underused property, rather than building on undeveloped land; affordable housing for low-income families with greatly reduced water and energy cost; a stylish, well designed environment; a better revenue source for the local community and on top of it all one of Modenus’ favorite product lines, Caroma being used as it should, to combine great design with great functionality.
Why can’t everyone get along this nicely?