Carbon Allies brings together an alternative community of stakeholders to the sprawl momentum that dominates our landscapes.
We envision newly created towns based on New Urbanism code along with Regenerative Agriculture Stewards to create climate change resilient and affordable lifestyles.
Carbon Allies works with municipalities, designers, developers and builders to create alternative economic models that generate more tax base than they consume in services, such as the Strong Towns model. Carbon Allies takes a more comprehensive/holistic view of new communities, such that they are are to sponsor climate positive lifestyles (sequestering more carbon than they consume), depending on surface water capture and storage over a multi-year framework, producing more food within the community than it consumes, creating on-site jobs that don't require cars, and facilitating community transit options for external transportation.
These new towns can be adapted to existing communities, or become new stand alone towns in areas not covered by municipal ETJ's.
Our focus is on creating forums that connect New Urbanism style builders with developers, to create these new community models with favorable codes that offer fair competition to the sprawl model, such as Conservation Development Ordinances.
Out in suburbia, our residential mortgages are trapped in a sprawl product. This results in massive amounts of productive farmland being turned into mostly inert yards, that are ecologically unproductive. Some things need scale to become effective. Ecosystems need the scale of a approximately a square mile, and all elements within that area to working harmoniously in the same direction, not in 1,000 unique directions (1 for each homeowner).
We propose an alternative pattern that supports regenerative agriculture. That pattern is quite popular in urban areas and is called New Urbanism. It removes the need for homeowners to worry about yard maintenance and costs. New Urbanism works in harmony with Regenerative Agriculture at the 1 square mile model (approximately 640 acres), as opposed to sprawl. The regenerative town model makes it possible to live more sustainably from within a community's resources by producing vastly increased amounts from the land.
Just like barn raisings, we are talking about town raisings - how it takes a group of people to come together to build a town. We are looking for CNU planners, regenerative agriculture stewards, tiny home builders, vertical mixed use builders, large scale land-owners (minimum of 320 contiguous acres), and of course residents seeking to live a more environmentally friendly, affordable lifestyle.
What are our choices: To the right is more sprawl. To the left is more concentrated cities that by design are ineffective in regards to affordability and improving the broader environment. This approach goes up the center: Urban design and feeling that creates enough density to support critical community services such as community transit, while supporting improved environmental action and reduced food costs of higher quality.