Next to buildings, transportation is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. This 800-acre development intends to use only clean, renewable energy for transportation. This includes not only the vehicles on land but also offering solar and wind powered boats to visitors.
The burning of fossil fuel for building power is one of the single largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. In addition, being an island, importing fossil fuels is expensive and unreliable.
Establishment of microgrids and decentralized power fueled by renewable energy systems will make this development energy independent, net zero energy and carbon neutral simultaneously while increasing its resiliency.
Robust and diverse water management systems will increase resiliency and sustainability. This project intends to be a net zero water development by implementing Rainwater Catchment for irrigation and potable needs, Grey Water Catchment for toilet flushing and laundry, desalination as a backup, native plantings to minimize the need for irrigation, and high efficiency plumbing fixtures to reduce the demand for water.
What does it mean to be a sustainable development? The concept of development is often thought to be the antithesis of sustainability.
But what if that development improves soil quality, prevents erosion, generates more power than needed from renewable sources, and responsibly uses materials and water resources to create a healthy environment?
Port St. George aspires to be an example of sustainability by doing all of these things. Along with architecture firm Studio Hillier and sustainability consultant Green Building Center, this developer will create a unique Eco-Resort destination that plans to achieve the ‘sustainable trifecta’ of net zero energy, water and waste. In addition, optimizing health/wellness of people & the environment as well as being carbon neutral are integral to the vision of this sustainable development.
The developers and design team intend to not only to meet these sustainable goals, but to measure and monitor them to ensure ongoing performance of this project. LEED for Cities certification will be pursued for the overall project development, providing for third party validation that the project’s sustainable goals are actually met.