America's Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods

Natural Home chooses its top 10 favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient planned communities in the United States.

| May/June 2010

  • Kalahari Harlem includes 125 afforable housing units for long-term Harlem residents.
    Photo Courtesy Kalahari Harlem
  • Mosier Creek offers direct access to the Columbia River Highway State Trail.
    Photo Courtesy Mosier Creek
  • Northwest Crossing in Bend, Oregon, offers residents 32 acres of parks.
    Photo Courtesy Northwest Crossing

Our favorite planned communities strive for responsible construction and promote sustainable living. Many are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program; others have local or state certifications for energy efficiency. Here’s a look at our top picks.

Think your community should be part of Natural Home’s next top 10? Send us your information! E-mail with subject line “My community.”

1. Mueller
Austin, Texas 

On a former brownfield site, Mueller is a 700-acre mixed-use community that is home to more than 700 families, 25 percent of whom qualify as low-income.

■ 140 acres of open park space and hiking and biking trails
■ First Texas community to earn silver certification in the LEED-ND program
■ Community saves trees from surrounding developments and plants them on park grounds.

2. Madison Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee

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