A human community designed to fight the climate crisis
Like the complex dams and lodges built by beavers, the interconnected dwellings of Beaverton promote biodiversity, improve water quality, and create new wetlands – which are vital in:
- Sequestering carbon
- Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
- Decreasing flooding
- Reducing erosion created by extreme weather events
Local supplies and renewable energy
Building and living sustainably
The Beaverton community will:
- Build with locally-sourced materials. Wood, stone, clay, and straw are all currently abundant and renewable in New York State.
- Integrate solar, wind, and other renewable energy systems. New York State offers financial incentives for solar such as rebates, tax credits, and net metering.
- Leverage geothermal and biomass energy.
Do no harm. Do good!
Fertilizer instead of septic waste
Beaver will redesign existing sanitary systems so they can turn human waste into fertilizer. 30% of homes in New York State have septic systems, which can undergo “septic tank effluent pumping” (STEP), also known as “septic tank effluent gravity (STEG) distribution.” This process filters and treats the wastewater before safely releasing it into the soil.
Improving water quality
The interconnected and stand-alone dwellings co-exist within the larger ecosystem.
Symbiosis, community, and collaboration
Beavers are intelligent social creatures working closely together to maintain, improve, and protect their homes. Likewise, human families can connect, collaborate, and thrive through sharing their spaces and resources.
Beaverton encourages us to connect with each other in meaningful ways to build a more sustainable and resilient future.