Robert Redford Hates on Green Development in Napa
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Seems rather strange for environmental advocate Robert Redford to vote against green building, right? Well, it seems he is anti-new development on a proposed 65-acre green community planned just down the street from him in Angwin, CA, reports the New York Times.The development will take place on 65-acres of private land opened by Pacific University College, which the college needs to sell due to financial constraints. The proposed Angwin Eco-village will have 275 homes, 15% of which will be affordable. Green features include "solar panels on every residents, wastewater reuse, an electric car-sharing program and an organic farm cooperative."
Part of the problem, according to Redford, is that the housing, while green and affordable, is not near any jobs, meaning that anyone who lives here will still have to commute (drive) to work (not smart growth). Opponents say that some homeowners will be college and hospital workers, meaning that they will live virtually where they work. In addition, the project is small enough that an environmental impact study said additional cars/traffic will be minimal. :New York TimesMore on Robert RedfordRobert Redford Announces Green Sundance ChannelQuote of the Day: Robert Redford on Cleaner EnergyGoldman Environmental Prize Winners Take the Stage in San Francisco (video)10 Really Great Green Google Earth Layers