Centennial aspires to become a benchmark for environmental stewardship with extensive open space, a large system of public trails, natural creeks and riparian areas. In addition Centennial will preserve and care for large stands of oak woodlands and grasslands. We will be planting thousands of trees and native plants, including wildfl owers. We have been studying the biology of the property for the past eight years and are now making the final refinements to these studies that will be included in Centennial’s Draft Environmental Impact Report to be released in 2008.
In addition, Centennial will incorporate many key principles of green development during construction and ongoing home and community activities. Using energy saving systems, non-toxic and recycled materials, product selections and design techniques that promote conservation, Centennial will reduce its effect on the environment and save money for residents through reduced utility and maintenance bills.
Sustainability at the individual home level is an important focus and will combine systems and options that are environmentally sensitive, energy conscious and healthier for residents. Home architecture will capitalize on the California climate with solar options, deep overhangs for shade and abundant plantings of trees. We will provide substantial long-term savings for homeowners while aiding the environment by lowering electricity and water consumption in each home. We are requiring that all homes qualify for “Energy Star” certification that sets increased standards for insulation, heating, air conditioning, and energy-effi cient appliances. Homeowners may also select optional sustainable materials such as solar panels, carpeting made of recycled materials and bamboo flooring. Recycled water will be used for outdoor watering and irrigation of parks, common areas, and all public gardens. A satellite hookup that anticipates both temperature and rainfall will regulate computerized sprinkler systems to prevent water waste.
Centennial’s green program, which is mandatory, includes many elements that will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Elements include energy and water conservation, recycling, non-toxic adhesives, paints and other finishes, and the addition of thousands of trees. It also will incorporate new technologies and improvements that evolve over its 20-year development life to continually reduce Centennial’s carbon footprint.
Preservation of the magnifi cent night skies of the region is a priority with Centennial. A “Dark Sky” program will be established with the goal of using hooded lamps where practicable and other techniques that direct light from homes and community areas toward the ground to reduce night-time glow.