Living green - indoors and out

Open space, star-studded skies, clear streams and energy efficient homes

At Sweetwater, nearly 700 acres of scenic ridges and canyons are being preserved as open space for the enjoyment of residents now and for generations to come.

But "green" goes far beyond conservation at Sweetwater. Here in the heart of Texas, the stars at night really are big and bright, thanks to our “dark sky” policy that limits street lighting to Pedernales Summit Parkway, the main road through the community.

Water is a precious resource in the Hill Country, so we're working to use it wisely.  At the entrance to Sweetwater, you'll see a gorgeous stone water feature that uses reclaimed water.  We also use reclaimed water to irrigate our common area landscaping. Throughout our neighborhoods, we employ leading-edge stormwater management techniques to protect the quality of our creeks and streams.

Our builders are over-the-top when it comes to exceeding national standards for energy efficiency. From innovative building processes to insulation to high-efficiency heating and cooling, the builders are creating far more efficient green homes today than even a year or two ago. That’s good for your comfort, great for your wallet and even better for the environment. Ask each builder about their green-building standards and options.

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We're working with environmental scientists from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas on a major ecological restoration project to eradicate invasive species on selected areas of the property. In their place, you'll find native Texas grasses and a profusion of wildflowers in late spring and early summer. This is a long-term effort and you'll be able to monitor our progress by visiting Sweetwater often.

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