History Reborn and the Future Rewritten on Anna Maria, as the Island Becomes Home to One of the Most Significant Sustainable Developments in Florida

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Anna Maria Island, a beautiful, quiet Island paradise on Florida’s west coast, is now host to a truly exciting and innovative sustainable development, The Historic Green Village. The Historic Green Village is a collection of new and old buildings, compassionately restored, and powered completely by renewable energy, to create Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy retail park. And, they have created a collection of short video clips to showcase the project: http://www.youtube.com/user/AMGreenVillage?feature=mhum.

Anna Maria Historic Green Village Logo

Anna Maria Historic Green Village Logo

The Historic Green Village is a collection of new and old buildings, compassionately restored, and powered completely by renewable energy, to create Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy retail park.

Anna Maria Island, a beautiful, quiet Island paradise on Florida’s west coast, is now host to a truly exciting and innovative sustainable development, The Historic Green Village. The Historic Green Village is a collection of new and old buildings, compassionately restored, and powered completely by renewable energy, to create Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy retail park. And, they have created a collection of short video clips to showcase the project: http://www.youtube.com/user/AMGreenVillage?feature=mhum

The Historic Green Village aims to create a new standard for sustainability. LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a rating system with certification for “green” buildings developed by the Green Building Environmental Council of the United States (USGBC) and provides certain environmental standards for construction. Being Zero Net Energy, means the Green Village will generate more energy on-site than it will consume in a given year.

The Green Village covers 6 lots on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City and when completed, will contain 7 commercial buildings and 2 rental units. Their goal is to showcase the best in sustainable design and state of the art technologies while maintaining the unique charm of the Island’s historic seaside community. Over the last six months, they have planned and designed a wide range of strategies and technologies that demonstrate how we can foster a sustainable future while preserving the historic charm and scale of Anna Maria Island and set a new benchmark of performance in energy, water and sustainable design.

The project will feature:

  •     HOT Technology: 100 kilowatts of Photovoltaic’s (PV) panels to generate electricity on-site and solar thermal panels to produce a steady supply of hot water for the Village Café at Rosedale
  •     COOL Technology: Geothermal Cooling & Heating – using the constant temperature of the earth to reduce the energy required to cool & heat the buildings
  •     SMART Technology: from the simple - using cisterns to capture rainwater to irrigate the site and flush toilets, to High Performance equipment: all fixtures and appliances will be either EPA Energy Star or Water Sense certified; ensuring that only the most-efficient equipment is used
  •     REUSE & RECYCLING on a big scale - historic buildings, recycled materials, low-emitting paints, sealants and solvents, and a range of other sustainable design choices and material selection choices that reflect the desire to have minimum impact on our environment.

The project is the vision of and is independently funded by Mike and Lizzie Thrasher, 2 environmental entrepreneurs who came to Anna Maria in 2003. The vision was borne and created throughout 2009/10 and building work began in October 2010. The first of the retail units, The Village Café at the Rosedale opened on April 9th, with other units opening throughout the remainder of the year.

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village demonstrates that a decentralized approach to energy, water, and transportation challenges is practical and yields significant advantages. The project uses 30% less energy, 90% less potable water, and is located in an environment that offers a wider range of sustainable transportation choices - walking, electric golf carts and cars, and a high level of public transit service. Electric power is locally produced, rainwater and storm water are locally harvested, and local historic buildings are restored. By also engaging with FSU and the SUNGRIN project, the Historic Green Village project supports broader statewide and national efforts to advance innovation and technologies to achieve more widespread use of solar PV. The leading edge portfolio of sustainable technologies and designs against the historic backdrop of an Old Florida beach community provide a clear and compelling example of how we do not have to discard the past to welcome the future.

The Historic Green Village has created a collection of short video clips to showcase the project through its development. Introduced by the owners Mike and Lizzie Thrasher and featuring other experts and contractors involved in the project, the series of 90 second clips tells their story of the vision, shows the re-development of the historic buildings and explains the technologies that have been used on the site. See them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/AMGreenVillage?feature=mhum.

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