Two housing developments are going up in Central Texas. One is urban the other is agrarian, yet they both share a common theme: SUSTAINABILITY. In downtown Austin the new development is called Fourth&, while the other is called the Elgin Agrarian Community in the rural town of Elgin, Texas east of Austin. Our guests in the KOOP studio discussed these exciting new living spaces.
Scott Sproat is the Marketing Manager for Capsa Ventures, the sustainable developer of Fourth& which is a brand new solar condo community in East Austin. They are all part of a 4-Star Austin Energy Green Building offering solar panels for every residence, LED lighting, variable speed A/C units, pre-insulated steel framing, LED lighting, all set on a concrete structure. Their mission is to change the way Austin is built.
Sean Garretson is the President of Pegasus, the sustainable developer of the Elgin Agrarian Community (or EACo), a 23-acre sustainable, mixed use community featuring 80 cottage-style homes built around a community-supported farm and commercial spaces. Elgin Agrarian is built around the idea that to be truly sustainability as a society, we must create smarter communities that are more connected to their food systems.
Both projects are part of a global movement among developers to create communities that are increasingly more self-sustaining and resilient.
Photo: Amy Stansbury, Scott Sproat, Sean Garretson, John Hoffner