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Manager of Sustainable Development
Kennecott Land Company

Director of Sustainable Development
Kennecott Land Company

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During the construction process, ...

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During the construction process, Kennecott is making a concerted effort to reuse materials: "About 33% more than other suburban developments," says Kennecott's director of sustainable development, Francisco Benavides.

On track to be the largest suburban development in the country 100% certified by the EPA's Energy Star program, Daybreak will eventually save the equivalent of about 55,000 tons of CO2 per year. Benavides says that this is "about the same as 12,000 passenger cars being taken off the road. Plus Kennecott has made it easy to save energy and ditch the car by planning shops, recreation opportunities and schools in close proximity to homes.
Founder's Village used Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building principles at the elementary school and community center including use of ground-source heating. It is yet undecided if LEED will pave the way for future public spaces or residential construction, but Benavides and colleagues stress that additional methods of sustainable development will be adopted for the next Daybreak villages and future communities.

Kennecott Land: Kennecott Land Sustainable Development Advisory Board

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Francisco Benavides, Manager of Sustainable Development, Kennecott Land

For more information on the Advisory Board, contact Francisco Benavides, Manager, Sustainable Development

Francisco Benavides, ...

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Francisco Benavides, Kennecott Land's manager of sustainable development and environment, says the report and online survey are simply extensions of the culture Kennecott Land is building at Daybreak, which opened June 2004. "This is a way to satisfy the expectations of our residents.People expect to receive information from us and we want to be transparent," Benavides says.

Though many Utahns would have a difficult time defining what a "sustainable community" means, Benavides says Daybreak proves the state has thousands of homeowners who want to join a community that supports the environment and contributes to healthy and meaningful lives. "People may not be able to explain sustainability in elegant terms," he says.
"We have dozens of clubs from wine tasting to Bible study," Benavides says of Daybreak's blossoming social network."We provide the rooms and tools they need to be successful." - The company aims to build neighborhoods where people can live, work and shop in support of the local economy.Daybreak's retail centers and office buildings are just starting out and should show results by the end of 2008, Benavides says.
Finally, Daybreak is committed to a more difficult goal, Benavides says."We want to be an inclusive community." Kennecott Land hopes to produce diversity by keeping the cost of some homes reasonable.Daybreak offers some single-family houses for ,173,000, he says.
Kennecott is committed to providing more lower-income housing, including rental property, to attract a wide diversity of residents, Benavides says.

ULI - the Urban Land Institute | Rocky Mountain Development Trends: Strategies for Successful and Balanced Development

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Francisco BenavidesManager Sustainable Development and EnvironmentKennecott Land Company

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