The green town of the future is already on the drawing board for a Florida Panhandle site. The developers are determined to join the gradually growing $12 billion a year sustainable building industry and make Sky a reality as soon as possible. Upon completion it would house about 600 families on 571 acres, roughly half of which would be reserved for farming where homeowners can grow produce in their own gardens or in community plots. The developers like to caution here that it's not going to be a commune, like where the hippies of days gone by went to live.
It's designed to attract people who are environmentally conscious and want to join others thinking the same way. They're those who just want to say no to large, crowded cities and clogged freeways. They have the necessary desire to contribute to the battle we now face with global warming.
Florida State University's Center for Advanced Power Systems has signed up to work as partners in the project, helping in the town's overall design. For instance, engineers are hoping to develop one central air conditioning system for Sky that would then deliver cooled air to individual houses. The aim also is to use the Earth's underground temperature to either cool or heat homes. Besides that, they're looking into operating appliances with batteries powered by solar energy.
As we can see, they're working on a host of things that would surely make a difference and with any luck Sky could become a prototype for towns to come.