The Hometown of Tomorrow: Four Ways Babcock Ranch is Building a New Model for Sustainable Towns
Sustainable living is the future, there’s no way around it.
Living in harmony with the environment around us, built to provide a community with ample resources to thrive not just now, but for generations to come—economically, socially, environmentally—it’s a vision picking up momentum around the world.
As the idea becomes a priority to commercial and urban development, Babcock Ranch is redefining what those sustainable values mean at home and in the real world—building the ship as we sail headfirst into new horizons.
Conserving and Preserving Natural Resources
We believe environmental conservation lies at the heart of economic and social progress; it only makes sense to start here.
- A PERMANENT NATURE PRESERVE Of the initial purchase of 91,000 acres, developer Kitson & Partners will only build on 18,000 acres of already impacted land—the remainder was sold to the state of Florida to become a nature preserve in perpetuity.
- MORE TREES AND NATURAL WATER FLOW
More than 75% of Babcock Ranch’s trees and plantings are required to be native to Florida—and for the last decade, developer Kitson & Partners worked to restore historic hydraulics and reflood wetlands, helping surrounding habitats flourish and providing natural irrigation to the region.
- THE COUNTRY’S FIRST SOLAR-POWERED TOWN
Capable of producing a combined 150 megawatts of power, Florida Power & Light’s Babcock Ranch solar arrays make Babcock Ranch the first new town in the country where total energy production exceeds total energy consumption. Every new home is also subject to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, from high-performance windows to energy-saving lighting.
- KEEPING IT LOCAL
You’ll find everything you need at Babcock Ranch, with a heavy emphasis on walkability by way of our multi-modal trails that connect the entire town. Spend less time commuting and more time connecting!
Interested in learning more about how our sustainable practices are elevating the bar industry-wide?
Our Discovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; stop by and see how you can thrive in the Hometown of Tomorrow.