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       Developing Responsibly - Treading Lightly

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

~Native American Proverb      




















Environmental Responsibility



  • 1/6 of all U.S. energy is used for cooling homes and offices.
  • Buildings produce 37% of US global warming carbon emissions.
  • The "Built Environment" accounts for 40% of the world’s energy use.
  • World marketed energy consumption is projected to increase by 57% from 2004 to 2030.
  • The typical building in Germany uses 35% less energy than the typical US Building.
  • A 1-kilowatt home solar system will prevent approximately 170 lbs of coal from being burned, 300 lbs of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from being consumed each month!
  • A recent study by the National Appraisal Institute determined that your home's value actually increases by $20.00 for every $1.00 reduction in your annual utility bill! 
  • SOLAR ENERGY: Within its subdivisions, the Ranch boasts the largest solar community in North America (3000 homesites) with more households using this form of alternative energy than anywhere else on the continent. We have created Off-Grid communities to be completely self sustainable with their energy needs.
  • STRAW-BALE CONSTRUCTION: El Dorado Ranch encourages
    the use of environmentally friendly home construction.  The first straw-bale home in the Baja was constructed at El Dorado Ranch. Since that time more straw-bale homes have been built in our communities that anywhere else in North America.
  • WATER CONSERVATION: San Felipe is a desert environment averaging less than 2 inches of rain per year. The water challenge came when we started the construction of San Felipe's first golf course. Rather than depleting existing water supplies, we have been able to cross breed a unique species of salt tolerant grass to make use of previously unusable water sources thereby preserving precious water supplies. 
  • BIOMEMBRANE SEWER TREATMENT PLANT: We have set up a Biomembrane Sewer Treatment Plant in our La Ventana del Mar development to be able to use the recycled water for irrigation, thereby saving our precious water supply.
  • GREENSPACE: Throughout the developments, El Dorado Ranch has committed to keeping at least 50% of the land as greenspace.
  • PLANTS: Through all our construction of the golf course and housing developments, plants that absolutely must be removed are not run over by a bull dozer, but instead dug out by hand and transferred to a nursery. These are either replanted next to the golf course, or in the housing developments.
  • COMMUNITY: The developer, Pat Butler, has started and organization called the Universal Golf Foundation, which raises money through golf tournaments to support local charities, childrens' groups and organizations in the San Felipe area.

We all need to do our part to help-

Climate change has become one of the major challenges for mankind and the natural environment. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released into the atmosphere in ever rapidly growing volumes are recognized to be responsible for this change. Did you know 1/6 of our energy in the US is used to cool our homes and buildings? To create this energy, vast quantities of coal are burned, millions of gallons of water consumed, and large quantities of toxins and CO2 are released into the atmosphere, contributing to the greenhouse effect.

The other challenge for the future generations is the increased demand for energy. In fact, the world market energy consumption is projected to increase by 57% from 2004 to 2030.

World-wide, people are starting to realize that something has to be done. From politicians to developers, processes are being set in place to address these issues. One of the great environmental trends in the building industry is the use of solar energy. Europe is ahead of the US in the use of "Green materials", energy efficiency appliances, and alternative energy sources. The typical building in Germany uses 35% less energy than the typical US Building.

At El Dorado Ranch, we are trying to do our part to lessen our impact on the environment and the energy crisis. We have created off grid solar communities who rely exclusively on solar power. We also offer the option of building with straw-bales, and we created a hybrid grass for our golf course which utilizes saline water sources for irrigation, and thereby eliminating the need to deplete our precious fresh water supplies for future generations.

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