Friday, December 20, 2013

Superior Town Center Update

I attended a presentation yesterday given by Superior's Planning Commission Chair, Clint Folsom, and the developer of Superior Town Center, Ranch Capital.  We got a closer look at the proposed plan for the 157 acres at the southeast corner of US-36 and McCaslin Boulevard.

One of the complaints I have heard from clients about Superior is that the town has no downtown area, like Louisville or Boulder.  If it is completed as planned, this central meeting spot will connect the Superior Marketplace with the Rock Creek neighborhoods and address the lack of community interaction the town has struggled with to date.

The plans include commercial, retail, office, residential and recreation space, crowned by an indoor sports complex which will relocate the current Boulder Valley Ice arena and also feature basketball courts, a pool, and soccer fields cross striped for lacrosse.  There will also be additional outdoor courts and fields, as well as paths and bike trails that will connect to the Boulder-Denver bikeway that will run along US-36.

A feature that the developer was very proud of was the flexible zoning that the townhouses will have in the town square.  This will allow an owner to rent the ground level floor to a business while living in the two stories above.  There would also be an opportunity for the owners to condominiumize their building, although this action could affect available financing for purchasers.

If the town gives it's stamp of approval tomorrow, grading work will begin on the site the first week of January.  Check out the Superior Town Center website for more details.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Candles, Cabinets and Cleaning Products

For a lot of us, "going green" means implementing sustainable practices and using green products over time, as we start to understand the benefits and differences.  Like most things, taking this journey one step at a time is a good way to make the best choices while not getting overwhelmed.

Let's take a look at one of the easiest changes you can make right away: the items you buy everyday at the grocery store.  As I mentioned in "Seven Sins of Greenwashing," vagueness and false labeling can make it more difficult to evaluate products and processes.  Below are links to several programs and the labels that will help you begin to recognize quality and health in these product lines.

The EPA's Design for the Environment is intended to help consumers and businesses find cleaning and floor care products that are safer for the environment, perform well and are also cost-effective.  They also evaluate manufacturing processes to identify best practices.  The DfE logo means a scientific review team has examined each ingredient for potential human and environmental effects based on the most current data available, and determined that the product contains only the least harmful chemicals in their class.  You can search their Products and Partners page to find companies and products that meet the DfE standards.

The mission of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is to reduce people's exposure to chemicals and pollutants and improve indoor air quality.  They identify thousands of products that have low chemical emissions, from consumable goods like cleaning products and printer inks, to building materials and office equipment.  You can search their Sustainable Product Guide for certified Greenguard products and manufacturers. 

Ecologo is an international organization that holds it's partners to strict standards of environmental leadership.  Only the top 20% of products available on the market can achieve certification.  You can do a Consumer Search for products and services for thousands of products from soap to car washes to insulation.  Like the GREENGUARD program, the EcoLogo certification is part of the UL Global Network.

Green Seal is one of the earliest companies to recognize a need to help consumers find truly green products.  Green Seal certification means that companies have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to products and services that meet rigorous criteria for sustainability.  Search by category or manufacturer on the Green Seal website.

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