Live Like a Leaf

January/February 2009
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 03, 2009
The Leaf Community is the first sustainable community created in Italy.
In a world of growing economic complexity, where the consumption of goods and resources is quickly increasing, communities need to find sustainable solutions to economic challenges. In order to survive, we have to change the way we think and act. We have to give greater value to the things we consume in everyday life, and we have to recognize and honor the link between human beings and the natural environment. The Leaf Community represents a real change—a place where people and nature meet. The Leaf Community came about because a group of innovators were determined to create a positive relationship between technology and nature. A focus on tradition and innovation characterizes the community—the first eco-sustainable, completely integrated community in Italy, inaugurated on June 25, 2008. It is called the Leaf Community because, like a real leaf, it creates and distributes the energy it needs to live and thrive. In the Leaf Community, energy is captured from the sun, water, air, and earth, and is transformed, stored, and released through a distribution network—just as it is in a leaf. In the Leaf Community, it’s possible to live in a zero carbon house, travel in an ...

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