In the last few years, being "green" has become a positive trend in the United States. From eco-friendly products of every kind to hybrid or electric vehicles to green building and redevelopment, Americans are becoming more conscious of their carbon footprint and have altered the way they live.
By changing a few of your daily behaviors, you can start to live greener, too. According to Harvard University's Office for Sustainability, the top 10 actions you can take are: turn off your lights and use compact fluorescent light bulbs; put computers to sleep or turn them off; turn off power strips and unplug old chargers; wash clothes in cold water; drive less; eat less meat and go local; reduce, reuse, recycle; take shorter showers; ditch plastic; and adjust your thermostat.
These actions seem simple enough, but with busy lives and schedules, it's sometimes hard to keep these items top of mind. But, what if you could live greener without even trying?
Bozzuto Homes recently broke ground on Towson Green, a new urban townhome neighborhood development that offers eco-friendly design, construction and living - right in the heart of Towson. The new community offers the comforts of suburban living, combined with the conveniences of an urban location, with restaurants, stores and public transportation - all within walking distance.
Making living green easy. Towson Green is being built to achieve the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Standard™ Silver Level. Additionally, all of the homes will be ENERGY STAR certified, the standards of which reduce energy consumption by more than 30 percent. And most importantly, Towson Green is a redevelopment of previously developed land, which in and of itself, is enough to be considered green by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Bozzuto is also working the Chesapeake Fund, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce the amount of the Chesapeake Bay's two biggest pollutants – nitrogen and phosphorous - flowing into local streams and waterways by evaluating the development's output and mitigation efforts. The fund is working with Bozzuto to provide recommendations on project designs, and offering eco-friendly landscape maintenance advice for homeowners.
Combined, all these factors position Towson Green as one of the most environmentally conscious communities in Maryland.
Accessibility. Located between Towsontown Boulevard and East Burke Avenue, just east of York Road, Towson Green is near all major highways and roads and is in close proximity to public transportation, including the Maryland Transportation Commuter Buses and MARC train.
Education. The community is also conveniently located near all of the area's colleges and universities, including Towson University, Loyola College, Goucher College and Stevenson University. Additionally, there are great elementary, middle and high school options for families to choose from.
Affordability. Homes start in the mid 300s, and the community lies within Baltimore County's Towson Commercial Revitalization District, and therefore, qualifies for a Revitalization Property Tax Credit - a benefit Bozzuto is passing on to homebuyers. This will result in a 65 percent reduction in real estate tax bills for up 10 years.
Convenience. Within walking distance of Towson Green are a plethora of amenities, including restaurants, shopping, spas, theaters and more. And if you want to take a daytrip to the city, you can hop on the bus or zip onto the beltway within minutes.
The Towson Green community will consist of 121 townhomes across 9 acres in Towson, and will feature pocket parks and a tot lot, with the central amenity being a rain garden - a bio-retention area consisting of aquatic plantings that will treat storm water runoff.
Four different floor plans are available - the Allegheny, Burke, Chesapeake and Dulaney - all with garages, and some with up to three bedrooms, plus an optional loft and rooftop patio. The houses also feature a designer landscaping plan and concrete walkways and rear decks, depending on the plan design. A 90-percent high-efficiency gas furnace, insulated garage and fiberglass therma-tru exterior doors, and a quick-recovery 50-gallon electric water heater are just a few of the energy saving items in each home.
But, the best part of Towson Green is knowing that you can live greener and cleaner without even trying - which saves you both time and money. So you can come home from work, park your car and stumble upon a good eatery or grab food to go and relax in a spacious, eco-friendly townhome by Bozzuto.
For more information on Towson Green or to set up an appointment, please visit www.towsongreen.com.
Bozzuto Homes, part of the Bozzuto Group and its companies are committed to operating as an environmental steward in each project it undertakes. As a builder, developer, owner and manager, the company recognizes that its day-to-day work has a profound impact on the world, and that it has the opportunity to be a leader in sustainable use of the Earth's resources. Company officials also realize in the long run, they can actually create more value with less environmental impact.