Scottsdale, Arizona has acquired a reputation as one of the premier resort towns in the Southwest, the heart of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, and the home of the most desirable real estate in the greater Phoenix area. But what many do not know about Scottsdale is that the city has long been committed to ecological sustainability, “green” products and services, and citizen responsibility. Naturally, as national and global interest in green living grows, that interest is sure to expand into the real estate market. If you are seeking green properties, be sure to ask your Scottsdale, AZ real estate agent for specifics about developers who use sustainable construction methods and materials.
The Sonora Desert (which surrounds Scottsdale) is one of the most fragile ecosystems in the continental United States. Its diverse and often stark beauty is one of the great attractions of the Scottsdale area. The presence of millions of people in the greater Phoenix area has put a strain on the natural resources of the Valley of the Sun, but Scottsdale has wisely put measures in place to counteract this effect.
In 1995, the residents of Scottsdale imposed extra taxes upon themselves to support the conversion of nearly a third of the city’s land ? over 30,000 acres, to be exact ? to public parklands, and to fund the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Scottsdale Trolley, a popular and free form of transportation in the downtown area, runs on Bio-Diesel fuel which contains no petroleum and is derived from sustainable sources. Scottsdale is also the nation’s first city to adopt a policy of municipal construction, which states that all new buildings must be certified at the Gold level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Many local restaurants and hotels have implemented recycling and waste-reduction programs far and above those of their competition, and many residents choose to utilize green or energy-saver appliances, windows, and products in their homes.
Scottsdale residents are doing their part to make the world a little greener. If you are interested in locating properties that utilize ecologically responsible construction techniques, solar power, or energy-efficient appliances and materials, ask your Scottsdale, AZ real estate agent to assist you in locating such homes. For more information about green properties for sale in Scottsdale, or for details on any properties listed on the Scottsdale MLS, contact expert Scottsdale, AZ real estate agent Richard Campbell of Campbell Estates, a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage company, at 602.738.5652 today.
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