Blue Ridge recently achieved a 5-leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
Specifically, the EnviroDevelopment accreditation process is separated into 5 key elements, including waste, energy, materials, water and community.
EnviroDevelopment leaves are awarded to environmentally sustainable developments for the following achievements:
Improved water use through water efficiency mechanisms and / or source substitution such as rainwater and stormwater harvesting.
Reduced production of greenhouse gases and reduced use of fossil fuels. This is achieved through greater efficiencies in energy usage and use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources such as solar power.
Vibrant, cohesive, sustainable communities with good community design; the provision of community facilities and networks; safe, accessible housing and options for the reduced use of private motor vehicles.
Environmentally responsible material usage including reuse of materials, recycled materials and consideration of the life cycle environmental costs of materials.
Comprehensive waste management procedures and practices to reduce the amount of waste to landfill.