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Eco City is Florida’s Destiny

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

A developer with more than 41,300 acres in Osceola County in Central Florida (just south of Orlando) is envisioning the first eco-sustainable city in the United States  and will be called Destiny, FL.destiny-sustainable-city-florida-bg

Destiny has been recognized by The Clinton Climate Initiative as one of 16 large-scale urban projects demonstrating that cities can grow while reducing carbon emissions to near zero.

Destiny’s developers are currently considering a solar plant that would produce power at about 40 cents per kilowatt.  Intuitively, it would also need to incorporate green technology, eco-friendly companies, a gray water irrigation system, environmental research groups, and “green collar” jobs.  It is slated to break ground in 2011 and will eventually include approximately 100,000 residential units and 30 million SF of non-commercial space to support a population of 200,000 to 250,000 residents.  This is in step with President Obama’s focus on alternate energy.  The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) includes  $20 billion in tax cuts for alternative energy including a multiyear extension of the production tax credit for wind, geothermal, hydro power and bio-energy.  Additionally, President Obama has pledged to invest $150 billion over 10 years to develop alternative energy, which he says will create 5 million jobs.