A few blocks away from where I work, a developer is turning an old manufacturing site into an environmentally friendly development:
"If there was an epiphany, it was that proper environmental stewardship and good business practices are one in the same," Recchie said. "If you look at the Dow Jones Sustainability Index you see that businesses that have merged those two thoughts are the most profitable." ....
Next month, construction will begin on Jeffrey Place’s environmentally sensitive crowning jewel, simply dubbed the North Block.
Its 72 residential units and three commercial units all will use solar-paneled roofs, geothermal heating and cooling systems, tankless water heaters, and rainwater reuse technology.
"The North Block phase will be the largest solar array in a residential building in Ohio," Recchie said as he strolled through the development, pointing to an empty clump of land. "It’s also the largest number of units with geothermal heating and cooling in Ohio."
...."Some homeowners in these units will have net zero energy consumption. They’ll produce as much power with their house as they’re using. That’s the essence of sustainability."
I used to walk around the old factory site, once most of the buildings were torn down, and used pieces of it as setting for the urban war-scape in my story "Hail, Conductor," published last year in Talebones. I like this alternate new future for it much better.