June 2015

Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshop – June 20


Brian Skeele


Wouldn’t it be great if we could live in a more affordable Santa Fe—a Santa Fe that had a simpler, walkable lifestyle that didn’t usually require a car? What if there were a neighborhood of folks who wanted to cooperate, have fun and a lively, creative lifestyle that has low ecological impact?


Maybe you love Santa Fe but are tired of commuting because you live out of town. Maybe you’re tired of living alone and would enjoy being part of a friendly community with adequate privacy. Maybe you are hard-working parents and want a great place to raise your children—that is, a safe, walkable, child-friendly community where you can have more family time. Maybe you’re a graduating student and would like to stay in town, figure out how to turn your education into a career and need a supportive incubator/networking environment. You’d love a micro-unit, as long as there are other young adults around.


Maybe you grew up in México or somewhere else in Latin America, and sharing was a necessity, a normal way of life. You prefer living in a more connected community where people naturally help each other.


Or you could be a Baby Boomer, ready to retire but not ready to die from boredom. You’re ready for a simpler, walkable lifestyle while you stay engaged in meaningful endeavors. Maybe you’re horrified at the way the Earth is being abused, hate being part of the problem, and the idea of collaborating with your neighbors to see how much you can conveniently share, reuse and reduce delights you.


I, for one, know that this is possible. All we have to do is do it. A group of us who share this vision are inviting others interested in this concept to help design—and move into—a mixed-use Sustainable Neighborhood Infill Courtyard Community somewhere in midtown Santa Fe. Together, we can change our lives and the planet, starting right here. We can be world leaders in vibrant, mixed-use, sustainable neighborhoods that wisely integrate onsite food, water, energy, waste, transportation and Internet systems.


Our next “Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshop” is June 20, 1-5 p.m. at the Higher Education Center on Llano Street. Come and share your ideas. In the meantime, please go to www.SustainableSantaFe.com/survey-01 and complete the survey. See you there!


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


Brian Skeele, a general contractor for 25 years, has gathered great ideas for sustainable lifestyles from around the planet. 505.310.1797 or Brianvida@nm.net



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