ARLINGTON, TEXAS, February 16, 2015 -- Viridian, the 2,000-acre, award-winning, master-planned community in North Arlington, has been named as a "Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary" by Audubon International. The certification is awarded only to new developments that are not only designed and constructed, but also maintained according to Audubon International's standards for planning and environmental stewardship.
The gold level is the highest level of certification and is reserved for projects complying with Audubon International's most exacting of these standards.
Viridian is one of the largest infill master-planned communities in the country developed in the last several years. If offers homes priced from the $225s to over $1 million, and offers a broad range of home types, including town homes, zero lot line homes, and detached single family and estate homes.
Viridian's certification is the end result of innovative development methods designed to use flood control areas to enhance and preserve wildlife habitats. Fifty percent of Viridian has been restored and set aside for perpetuity as open space.
"Viridian represents our commitment to creating communities while preserving and honoring the environment," said Robert Kembel, president of JCKPL. "We are very pleased to have earned Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification and are proud they have recognized the time and work we have invested in building a community like Viridian," he continued.
Audubon International confirmed Viridian's certification following a thorough on-site examination of the community by the staff of Audubon International. "This is an exceptional achievement," said Nancy Richardson, director of Audubon International's Signature Program. "Only new developments that strictly adhere to Audubon International's precise planning standards and environmental disciplines are awarded Signature certification."
Audubon International will monitor Viridian to guarantee new sections of the community continue to adhere to Audubon's strict principles of environmental sustainability, and will conduct an annual recertification audit at Viridian.
"Throughout the building process, Viridian's developers have paid particular attention to sustainability and environmental issues," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. "This can be seen in the design of the development; technology used to handle stormwater; water conservation efforts and plantings. The City of Arlington is proud of Viridian and what they have achieved and we are excited about this latest honor for one of Arlington's premier neighborhoods," he continued.
Some specific measures taken to achieve Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Gold certification include:
Certification of Viridian as a Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary is the most recent achievement earned by Viridian and JCKPL.
The Greater Fort Worth Builders Association recently recognized JCKPL as Developer of the Year for 2014, and Viridian recently won several sales and marketing awards from the Texas Association of Builders. Viridian was selected as the site for the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association 2014 Kaleidoscope of Homes®.
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a non-profit environmental education organization with certification programs for businesses, golf, schools, hotels, and communities. More details here.
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