It’s hard to live a low-consumption lifestyle, especially in car-dependent California. But it gets easier when new housing projects are designed and built with that goal in mind.
Pooran Desai, co-founder and International Director for One Planet Communities has been visiting California this month, where their long-term support for Sonoma Mountain Village is getting closer to seeing the residential portions of the project break ground. Their objective is to create developments wherein people can live what he calls a "one planet lifestyle," one that minimizes demands on planetary resources. To do that, he says, they begin with the lifestyle and plan the rest of the project around it.