The air smells a little sweeter at The Orchards. And it’s no wonder why! Even in the wintertime, there’s a hint of the many flowers and fruit trees growing in this south Edmonton neighbourhood. After all, we called it The Orchards for a reason.

But the varied plant life is only the start of what makes The Orchards a sustainable community. From infrastructure materials to landscaping practices and even some of the community amenities all work towards a neighbourhood that keeps the environment front and centre.

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Friendly to Electric and Solar

A focal point to The Orchards community is its art installations. These effervescent palm trees brighten both the nights and the days. But what some folks may not know is those community centrepieces are solar-powered!

That’s not even the only example of renewable energy in action at The Orchards. Brookfield Residential is developing some of the new lots in the community to have an improved power load capability to support electric car charging. From a modest Volt to an extravagant Tesla, these charging stations are specifically designed for electric vehicles without compromising the power in the rest of your home.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Roads and More

In every Brookfield Residential community, topsoil and road management explicitly focused on making the best use of the materials already present. This means a smaller carbon footprint – because there’s no need to manufacture and transport new materials.

Our sustainable practices start with the soil. While developing the land we build our homes on, we reuse all the topsoil moved during the land servicing process. This provided us a better depth for the homes’ land base. The ground is steadier and better supported for the families moving in.

Our recycling practices extend right to the roads. Many of these undeveloped areas still had roads running through them. We take the road material that’s already there, crush it up, and reuse it as the base for the new roads.

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Protecting the Natural Landscape

Keeping vibrant plant and wild animal life in the community is important in all our communities. We want trees to grow, grass to stay healthy, and flowers to bloom and to do that, we need to make sure we don’t adversely affect the movement of wildlife.

We use naturalized landscaping around the storm ponds and other green spaces. This allows for less frequent maintenance, saving on transit and other carbon producing equipment and allowing geese, insects, and other transient wildlife a place to settle peacefully.

Sustainability is a deliberate part of each of our communities. We understand the importance of green and sustainable initiatives to ensure the health of our planet. With each new community, we discover new ways to ensure our developments have as little impact as possible on the planet.