Drought of Green Retirement Communities Causes Green Gap
Madison, CT. November 7 Baby boomers have long led the charge to preserve the environment. Many in this huge demographic group will soon want to live in green (sustainable) retirement communities. Unfortunately, Internet searches for green retirement communities generally only turn up developments with green in their name e.g.; Green Acres. Worse, some over 55 communities that advertise themselves as eco-sensitive are taking advantage of boomers environmental interest - without delivering true sustainability or Smart Growth.
Topretirements.com, Find Your Perfect Retirement Community, has just produced a practical resource to help retiring baby boomers evaluate environmentally responsible active adult communities. Written by Carol Gulyas of GreenGeezer.com, this practical guide to green standards explains what to look for in a sustainable community, and what to take with a grain of salt. For example, just because a community shows a picture of a biologist doesnt mean the community actually meets any green standards. Key considerations to look for include water and energy conservation, access to public transportation, use of recycled or local materials, and indoor air quality. The article includes many links to additional helpful resources.
John Brady, Topretirements editor, commented on the state of environmentally responsible 55+ communities: When we set out to find environmentally responsible communities for retiring baby boomers, we figured we would find a lot of places. The reality is, unfortunately, an amazingly short list of green communities, including some making claims not justified by the facts. Brady cautions that, not unlike the plethora of organic or natural claims a few years ago, people need to be skeptical when they see green marketing messages.
Some Progress Made
Topretirements notes that there has been some progress on the sustainability issue. The EPA has made recommendations about Smart Growth which can improve conservation and make healthier housing for people over 55. The successful commercial LEED certification is being adapted for the residential sector, and the National Association of Homebuilders has launched its National Green Building Program.
View the free article here - Looking for Green Retirement Communities.
This website has independent reviews of the best retirement towns and communities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Find our llist of community reviews. Besides photos and maps, the site offers a free weekly retirement community newsletterwith inside information about the best retirement communities.
www.Topretirements.com Find your perfect retirement community!
For more information:
Contact: John Brady
See our other recent press releases below:
More Communities Draw a Bulls-eye on Baby Boomers
Dig up the Shuffleboard Courts And Puh..lease Dont Call Me a Senior
10 Questions a Baby Boomer Should Ask Before Buying a Retirement Community
Top 10 Retirement Town Communities
The Wrong Question - What is the Best Retirement Community