These Enviro-Friendly Communities Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round

Second Shelters  |  
April 21, 2022

More than a billion people in 190 countries will be celebrating Earth Day this Friday, April 22. Now in its 52nd year, the annual celebration is more than just a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It’s a reminder to practice sustainability year-round, including how — and where — we live.

Overall, the global single-family housing green buildings market is expected to grow from $105.26 billion in 2021 to $120.89 billion in 2022, according to a Research and Markets report. And with more consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint, living a more eco-friendly lifestyle extends to their housing choices.

The following three properties prove you don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.

Tributary, Driggs, Idaho

This private residential 1,500-acre community is tailor-made for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with the more traditional amenities—world-class golf, wellness center, cross-country skiing—the property sports a two-mile elevated boardwalk designed for viewing wildlife.

It’s also home to 500 acres of fen-designated wetlands, providing support to Tributary’s diverse plant and animal population. In addition, several ponds have been constructed on the property to provide habitat for nesting trumpeter swans, waterfowl, shorebirds, and nesting and staging long-billed curlews.

Inspired by the pristine parklands that surround the neighboring Teton Valley, contemporary cabins feature exposed craftsmanship and authentic local materials. Open floor plans and walls of glass invite the outdoors in.

New 3,250-square-foot home plans start at $3.5 million.