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Xeriscape Benefits

Saves Water. For most of North America, over 50% of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 - 75%. Less Maintenance. Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal. Watering requirements are low, and can be met with simple irrigation systems. No Fertilizers or Pesticides. Using plants native to your area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements. Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy organic soil. Improves Property Value. A good Xeriscape can raise property values which more than offset the cost of installation. Protect your landscaping investment by drought-proofing it. Pollution Free. Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas. Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower. Provides Wildlife Habitat. Use of native plants, shrubs and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.

The 7 Principles of Xeriscaping 1. The fundamental element of Xeriscape design is water conservation. Landscape designers constantly look for ways to reduce the amount of applied water and to maximize the use of natural precipitation.
Before setting pencil to paper, familiarize yourself with the 7 Principles of Xeriscaping and take a tour of your local nurseries to see what drought-resistant plantings are available locally. Using graph paper, draw an aerial view of your property and begin your plan with the following considerations: ~ orient the plot by marking down north, south, east and west. Include any limiting features such as trees, fences, walkways or structures. Note areas of sun and shade, which will help you establish zones of differing water needs. You'll want to group plants with similar watering needs for most efficient water use. ~ study the natural contours and drainage patterns of the land. These countours can be easily developed into terraces, which add visual interest and help reduce soil loss and erosion due to rain or irrigation. Terraces can be as little as 3" and still offer visual appeal; terraces over 12" will require considerable support, such as rock walls or timbers reinforced with steel stakes. ~ consider the planned use of each area within the plot. Areas for seating, walkways, visual barriers, dining or play should be defined and incorporated into your plan. ~ areas to be left as turf should be designed to be easily mowed. Curved swaths are usually better than straight runs with sharp turns. Narrow swaths can be difficult to water with conventional sprinklers. ~ larger plantings, such as shrubs and trees, can be positioned to provide natural heating and cooling opportunities for adjacent buildings.

2. Soil Improvement The ideal soil in a water-conserving landscape does two things simultaneously: it drains quickly and stores water at the same time. This is achieved by increasing the
amount of organic material in your soil and keeping it well aerated. Compost is the ideal organic additive, unless your xeriscape contains many succulents and cacti. These species prefer lean soil. It may be worthwhile to have your soil tested at a garden center or by using a home test kit. Most Western soils tend to be alkaline (high pH) and low in phosphorous. Adding

bonemeal and rock phosphate will help.

3. Create Limited Turf Areas Reduce the size of turf areas as much as possible, while retaining some turf for
open space, functionality and visual appeal. When planting new turf, or reseeding existing lawns, ask at your garden center for water-saving species adapted to your area.

4. Use Appropriate Plants For best results, select plants that are native to your region.
~ use drought-resistant plants. In general, these plants have leaves which are small, thick, glossy, silver-grey or fuzzy - all characteristics which help them save water. ~ select plants for their ultimate size. This reduces pruning maintenance. ~ for hot, dry areas with south and west exposure, use plants which need only a minimum of water. Along north and east-facing slopes and walls, choose plants that like more moisture. Most importantly, don't mix plants with high- and low-watering needs in the same planting area. ~ trees help to reduce evaporation by blocking wind and shading the soil.

5. Mulch Cover the soil's surface around plants with a mulch, such as leaves, coarse compost,
pine needles, wood chips, bark or gravel. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and temperature, prevent erosion and block out competing weeds. Organic mulch will slowly incorporate with the soil, and will need more applied, "top-dressed", from time to time. To be effective, mulch needs to be several inches thick. There should be no areas of bare soil.

6. Irrigate Water conservation is the goal, so avoid overwatering. Soaker hoses and dripirrigation systems offer the easiest and most efficient watering for xeriscapes because they deliver water directly to the base of the plant. This reduces moisture loss from evaporation. They also deliver the water at a slow rate which encourages root absorption and reduces pooling and erosion. In general, it's best to water deeply and less frequently.

7. Maintain your landscape Low-maintenance is one of the benefits of xeriscape. Keeping the weeds from
growing up through the mulch may require some attention. Thickening the layer of mulch will help. Turf areas should not be cut too short - taller grass is a natural mulch which shades the roots and helps retain moisture. Avoid overfertilizing.

A family bikes in Issaquah Highlands in Washington, one of America's greenest residential communities. Photo: Issaquah Highlands

The decision to live in one of Americas emerging eco-friendly housing developments isnt strictly about reaping energy savings or protecting the environment. Surprisingly, what a growing number of eco-friendly housing developments share is an old-fashioned sense of community: homes with welcoming front porches that encourage neighborliness, roads and sidewalks that are pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Locals gather on village greens and frequent farmers markets, local restaurants and shops. As the demand for greener, more energy-efficient homes and sustainable living swells, home buyers from gen X to baby boomers are opting to live in eco-friendly communities, whether they are downtown infill projects, walkable suburban retrofits, smart growth projects, transit oriented developments or sustainable communities designed to quell ex-urban sprawl. "Green is something consumers really want and is the emerging trend of how people are going to live," says Ben Schulman, communications director for the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization that promotes eco-friendly communities. "These communities tend to keep their value more than ex-urban sprawl." Feeling Centered

Even in a suburban setting, you can have a real town center that people can use and walk to versus a strip mall, says Scot Horst, a senior vice president of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). If you find a place like that, people are happy, Horst says. Buildings and neighborhoods are spaces that define who we are. In 2010 the USGBC created a checklist for sustainable or green communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development, with 155 communities registered. Another 101 participated in a pilot program. From a development called Mueller in Austin, TX to Serenbe outside Atlanta, in many ways these smartly planned, transit-oriented, eco-conscious communities are raising the bar on quality of life. Some are urban-infill projects, built on repurposed rail yards, Navy yards and defunct airports; many are geared to affordable housing. Mueller used to be a place to catch a plane. Now you can live, work and play there. The former municipal airports 700 acres are being redeveloped and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly urban village with a town center, parks, hundreds of LEED-certified buildings and a green hospital. Its 660 energy-efficient homes have diverted 9,002 tons of construction waste from landfills and saved more than 900,000 annual kilowatts. Reclaimed water is used to sprinkle lawns. Muellers public art includes solarcollecting sculptures that return energy to the grid. Thirty minutes from Atlanta, the hamlet of Serenbe has 200 homes, a 20-room inn, art galleries, boutiques, three restaurants and a 30-acre organic farm that feeds a thriving Community Supported Agriculture program and Saturday farmers markets. Tucker Berta, a spokesperson, said the 40,000 acre community, including at least 70 percent preserved open space, was built because of a concern for urban sprawl and traditional development swallowing more land. When complete, Serenbe will have 1,000 rooftops. Echoing small towns of times past, the 7,000 residents of Issaquah Highlands in Washington State, one of the greenest residential communities in the United States, live on narrow, tree-lined streets designed to encourage walking. At its heart, it set out to recapture the sense of community life prevalent when most Americans lived in small towns along quiet streets, waved to their neighbors on their front porches, and walked to the store, school and diner, said Chris Hysom, director of community affairs for Port Blakely Communities, the developer. Its newest 10 zHomes incorporate zero impact living with technologies that are cost effective, practical and deep-green. Eco-sensitive homebuyers arent just seeking solar homes with energy efficient appliances, bamboo flooring and electric car chargers. Many also want to live in like-minded communities. Following are five standout sustainable green communities.

Community: Mueller Location: Austin, TX Number of Homes: 660 Green Features: Industrial brownfields turned urban infill project. Sustainable, LEED certified, environmentally friendly infrastructure, parks, open space, green-building practices.

Mueller, in Austin, TX, was converted from an airfield into green community. Photo: Garreth Wicock | flickr

The runways, parking lots and industrial brownfields of the former Mueller municipal airport in the midst of Austin, TX were transformed into a pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit- friendly urban village with a town center, 660 green homes, a green hospital and hundreds of LEED-certified buildings. The towns public art sculptures double as solar collectors.

Community: Serenbe Location: Chattahougee Hills, GA Number of Homes: 200 Green features: Land preservation, organic farm, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, sense of community

Serenbe in Chattahougee Hills, GA is an innovative 200-home community. Photo: Serenbe

To stem urban sprawl outside Atlanta, Serenbe is the first hamlet in the 40,000 acre city of Chattahougee Hills, where at least 70 percent of the land is dedicated to preserved open space. Among the 200 green homes are 15 new tiny solar nests with geothermal heating and cooling. Trash from each household is recycled as compost for the communitys 30-acre organic farm.

Community: Issaquah Highlands Location: Washington Number of Homes: 3310 Green features: Sustainable, LEED-certified, green building, land preservation, walkability, and sense of community

A woman reads in an Issaquah Highlands park. Photo: Issaquah Highlands

Two decades ago, five-acre lots for single-family homes sprawling across 2,200 acres were the initial blueprints for the community now known as Issaquah Highlands. Instead, Port Blakely Communities, the developer, created a high-density urban village that now has, concentrated on 780 acres, 3310 green homes with another 440 to be built, a shopping and commercial district, more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and more than 20 planned parks. Two thirds of the land is permanently dedicated open space. The high density and proximity to schools, shopping and the YWCA help reduce car trips and gas emissions.

Community: Prairie Crossing Location: Grayslake, IL Number of Homes: 359 single family homes; 36 condominiums Green Features: Land preservation; green building, organic farm, sense of community

Prairie Crossing in Grayslake, IL. is one of the nation's first eco-friendly communities Photo: Prairie Crossing

Started in the 1990s, Prairie Crossing is one of the nations first conservation communities. It includes a wind turbine-powered 100-acre organic farm where residents buy vegetables, eggs, flowers and honey as well as volunteer and send their children to farm camp. Though the architectural style is traditional, its 359 single family homes, many with neighbor-friendly front porches, were built with green construction techniques and sited to protect the environment, native vegetation and wildlife of the Midwest. Thirty-six condominiums are set around a town square, near shops and steps from commuter train lines to Chicago. More than 60 percent of the 677-acre community is protected open land, with 10 miles of trails. With emphasis on a sense of place and sense of community the renovated century old Byron Colby Barn functions as a community center, concert and social event space.

Community: Pringle Creek Location: Salem, OR Number of Homes: 130 Green Features: Net zero energy residences, LEED-certified shops, work spaces, parks, porous asphalt street system to manage rainwater; car sharing, edible landscaping, sense of community.

Pringle Creek, near Salem, OR is tiny now but has big growth plans. Photo: Pringle Creek

Started five years ago on 32 redeveloped acres in the Willamette Valley, three miles from downtown Salem, Pringle Creek now has 16 residents but plans to grow to 300. A ground source geothermal loop will eventually heat and cool 70 homes, the community center and caf. Blueberry bushes and 300 apple, pear, cherry, plum, peach and cherry trees fill two acres of orchards and community gardens contribute to creating an abundance of food through edible landscaping

Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located under 30 minutes from Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S. focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. With a projected 70% of future building occurring in the greenfield, Serenbe demonstrates how urban development models can succeed on the edge of a metropolis while preserving a vast majority of the greenspace. Serenbes ultimate goal is to demonstrate how development can accommodate the need for housing with minimal impact on natureSerenbes land plan call for a preservation of at least 70% of the acreage, while accommodating as many or more people as traditional subdivision-style development, which would disturb nearly 80%.

Serenbe was the first hamlet built in Chattahoochee Hills, a 40,000 acre city with an overlay plan that calls for preservation of a minimum of 70% of the acreage. Serenbes founders, Steve & Marie Nygren and Rawson Haverty, have created an urban model promoting walkability and community living, with private residential homes (currently, approximately 170 residents), commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables, and a 20-room inn with conference facilities. Serenbe has devoted 30 acres to farmingthe Serenbe Farm is certified organic and biodynamic with a thriving CSA program and Saturday markets. The community is home to three thriving restaurantsBlue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nations smallest Silver LEED certified building), The Farmhouse (which has received national critical acclaim in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, and is consistently featured in local publications), and The Hil (owned by executive chef Hilary White, and has received national critical acclaim in Food and Wine magazine, and was named a Best New Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Central post boxes, porches pulled to the street, and other mindful elements foster community and create a social fabric, all enhanced and enriched by the Serenbe Institute and community programming.

Serenbe is also a cultural venue for neighbors and out-of-town visitors, providing free events

throughout the year such as a MayDay celebration, July 4th parade, concerts, artist bazaar, farm tours, visiting artists and scholars, and lectures with local historians. In 2009, the New York Times dubbed Serenbe a Sonoma for the New South.

In 2008, the Atlanta chapter of the Urban Land Institute awarded Serenbe its inaugural Sustainability Award, the Atlanta Regional Commission honored Serenbe as a Development of Excellence with special merit in conservation, and EarthCraft named Serenbe the EarthCraft Development of the Year.

History of Chattahoochee Hill Country Development


The vision for Serenbe was born at the height of Atlantas sprawl in the 1990s, in an effort to protect the rural land just southwest of the city known as the Chattahoochee Hill Country. Development was closing in on this countryside; had landowners turned a blind eye to this inevitable sprawl, the 40,000 acres would likely now have subdivision-style traditional development that has plagued every other area surrounding metro Atlanta, which wouldve resulted in the disturbance of nearly 80% of the land. Steve & Marie Nygren led the process to gather other landowners in the area to discuss a way to avoid losing the rural character of the land, while accommodating the inevitable need for development. A series of public meetings and discussions led to the eventual formation of the Chattahoochee Hill Country Alliance, whose mission was to protect the land from traditional development while meeting the realistic need for inevitable development. In 2001, the Alliance obtained a grant and hired a professional planning firm to facilitate the process and document their vision. The result was the Chattahoochee Hill Country Community Plan, a plan now incorporated in the South Fulton 2015 Amended Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Fulton County Chattahoochee Hill Country Overlay District Ordinance, both adopted in 2002. By combining various land use tools, from outright land purchase for conservation to conservation easements and innovative development strategies such as mixed-use villages, CHC has fostered environmentally friendly regional growth, and ensured that at least 70% of the 40,000 acres will remain greenspace.

Adopted in April of 2003, the Fulton County Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Ordinance provides a mechanism for managing development by concentrating it in areas the community designated for development. The Chattahoochee Hill Country Land Use Plan represents the first plan in the region that was developed by a community through a grassroots initiative, and has won recognition from the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Urban Land Institute, the Georgia Planning Association, and others. The Nygren family partnered with Serenbe co-founder Rawson Haverty to be the first to demonstrate how this balanced growth can be accomplishedby building high density villages and hamlets surrounding community centersby building the first hamlet in the Chattahoochee Hill Country, which now serves as a model for the area. To further insure the future of the Chattahoochee Hill Country and the overlay plan, community members led an effort to incorporate the rural area, resulting in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, which became a city in December 2007. Several of the citys first city council members are Serenbe residents.

The Serenbe Land Plan


Serenbes land planner Dr. Phill Tabb, AIA, worked to design the community as a constellation of interconnected sustainable hamlets. The omega-shaped hamlet forms are unique and are carefully fitted into the natural landscape forming an interface between green, wetland and watershed areas of the site and the surrounding sloping hills. Each hamlet employs a transect-oriented spatial organization where lower densities at the edges transition to higher densities and greater mixes of use at the center. The four hamlets are planned with similar housing typologies with a mix of single family detached to attached dwellings, and they are planned with differing and interdependent clusters of non-residential functions. Selborne Hamlet is oriented to the arts and particularly the visual and culinary arts. Grange Hamlet is oriented to agriculture, equestrian center and the market. Mado Hamlet is oriented to health and wellness with a host of facilities supporting these functions. And the Hill Hamlet is oriented to greater levels of commerce, including a post office, grocery store, fire station and other supporting retail. Each of the hamlets are connected by roads, trails, and bridle paths, thereby creating an integrated whole. The overall masterplan with the integrated hamlets and the omega-shaped hamlet design are intended to help contribute to greater levels of active living and a coherent sense of place. The programmatic inclusions of the host of non-residential activities, including the Bakeshop, Hil Restaurant, and Saturday Market all contribute to increased interaction among the residents and a strong sense of community. It also has been important to attract a diverse population of residents. It has been a major goal of the design to create a powerful sense of place so that residents would enjoy spending a great deal of time living in the community. This contributes to a sustainable way of living by reducing the need for between-place travel. Serenbe is a pedestrian place and has a strong participation in the many variety of community activities.

Importance of Serenbe as a Greenfield Development Model


A recent white paper from the Urban Land Institute predicts that approximately 70% of future building will be in the greenfield. Traditionally, greenfield development has been linked to urban sprawl. Serenbe demonstrates how greenfield development models can succeed and preserve a majority of the greenspace. Development must occur to accommodate the need for housing, but does not have to occur at natures expense. This is accomplished by using the basic tenets of new urbanismdense building around community centers, just like many historic U.S. towns and English villages. Serenbe demonstrates how to work with natures gifts rather than against them. Homes within Serenbe, for example, are sited with minimal disturbance of the land and natural terrain, and are placed in relation to the sun for maximum energy efficiency and natural heating and cooling, and windows are placed for cross-ventilation.

Environmental Practices
All structures are built to the strict green building standards mandated by EarthCraft Home; in 2008, Serenbe was honored EarthCraft Development of the Year. In addition to land conservation and green building, Serenbe promotes clean technologies and green practices, such as recycling and composting, alternative fuel usage for maintenance vehicles, geo-thermal heating, and the farm-to-table movement with a partnership between the Serenbe Organic Farm and Serenbes three restaurants. Addressing our planets shrinking water supply is of utmost importance to Serenbe. The community is a cutting edge example of several water conservation practices: improved technology for water conservation and efficiency via water-smart appliances like dual-flush toilets, wastewater treatment using bio-retention and constructed wetlands, minimal landscaping, and stormwater treatment via natural buffers. The monthly water usage for Serenbe as a community is 25% lower than the national average. Serenbe is 1000 acres; at least 70% will always be preserved green space. geo-thermal heated buildings This market sells organic & local goods, including produce from the Serenbe Organic Farms Next door, the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop is the smallest Silver LEED certified building in the nation Walkability: everything in Serenbe is connected via a walking path All homes are EarthCraft Certified Native plants & organic landscaping (no lawns = no chemicals) Underground trashcans sort trash, recycling & compost Serenbe: Green at a Glance outdoor lighting regulations = clear, starry skies (See more at serenbe.com) The Importance of the Farm The New York Times on July 1, 2009 ran a story: Growing With the Crops, Nearby Property Values and addressed how organic farms are becoming smart developments

amenity of choice. This story featured Serenbe as one of a few national examples, and the only one in the South. Open space improves the return for a developer, Ed McMahon, a senior fellow with the Urban Land Institute, said. We have 16,000 subdivisions around golf courses, where developers found they could charge a lot premium of 25 to 50 percent over comparable tract subdivision. But most people who live on golf courses do not play golf. The intent variation on this is blending in working agriculture, Mr. McMahon said. Living with a farm, he noted, can bring a buyer permanent views, wholesome activities for children, access to walking and riding trails and inclusion in an epicurean club.

The Importance of Trees


A sample tree inventory was conducted over the entire Serenbe property by Arborguard Tree Specialists using ArborScout technology (GIS and GPS) in February, 2008. This study shows that the trees at Serenbe store 1,333,840 tons of carbon and sequester an additional 52,660 tons of carbon per year. The trees also remove 1,484.01 tons of pollution a year from the air. In laymens terms: Serenbes trees sequester the equivalent of 7,213 cars carbon emissions for a year, and store the equivalent of 182,717 cars emissions for a year. Or, Serenbes trees sequester the equivalent of 4,216 single family homes emissions for a year, and store the equivalent of 106,792 single family homes for a year.

Guiding Principles At Serenbe we value:

Nature because people can live more fully when connected to natures wonders Passion because living passionately is the most rewarding of lives Creativity because creative people live lives of great passion, and can help the rest of us do the same Community where people are accepted for who they are, not what they are

At Serenbe we exemplify:

a community where people authentically live, work, learn and play in celebration of lifes beauty a place where connections between people, nature and the arts are nourished

At Serenbe we:

Bring people together to learn and explore ideas about the environment, sensitive development, and new ways of thinking and planning for the future Model beneficial ways to both preserve and develop land Connect artists, artisans, and art lovers to create and experience art in its fullest range and glory Place special emphasis on the earth-centered arts to celebrate the cultural and ethnic heritage of the Chattahoochee Hill Country Link our commitment to the environment with creative vision to create and celebrate art Use todays and tomorrows technology as tools to connect people with nature and the arts Explore how the arts and technology can be integrated in support of one another in the creative process

Share valuable lessons about art, the environment, technology, and sustainable and green field development with others

The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment

The nonprofit Serenbe Institutes mission is to inspire and develop holistic programs that promote individual creativity and intellectual growth in Serenbe, encourage and strengthen a sense of place, and enhance our communitys artistic and cultural qualities. To carry out this mission and meet its obligations to the community, the Institute presents programs and events to strengthen our community, identifies opportunities and needs in the arts and environment, and forms partnerships and collaborations with similar activities in the Chatt Hills and wider Atlanta community. The Institute presents programs in the artsboth visual and performingthat feature local artists, bring artists of unique talent and creativity to our community and our neighbors, and foster emerging artists from Serenbe, the Chatt Hills, and greater Atlanta. It hosts artists of accomplishment and promise in residencies throughout the year. Celebrating the Chatt Hills extraordinary cultural heritage is a main goal of the Institute. Crafts, cuisine, farming, animal husbandry are regular parts of life in Serenbe. The Institute takes the lead in presenting community events for young and old, building a strong, resilient, and sustainable community of people who share this vision. The Serenbe Institute plays an important role in the protection and enhancement of our communitys natural environment. Its programs celebrate the extraordinary natural beauty of Serenbe and its surroundings; it will be in the forefront of efforts to protect this precious asset for generations to come. The Institute seeks to involve Serenbes residents in important community issues in meaningful ways. Its role as facilitator and initiator means that it far removed from traditional activities programs found in other places. The Institute is focused on strengthening the ability of the community to deal with issues of expectations, communications, and civility. It may initiate programs in the arts, environment, or education to meet important civic needs, but it will spin them off on their own as a responsibility of residents specifically interested in them. In that way, the Institute remains free and flexible in addressing the changing needs of a growing community.

The Serenbe Institute is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the community and its neighbors. Most directors are actively engaged in presenting programs for the community, such as musical events at the Blue Eyed Daisy bake shop and Studio Swans exhibitions and events. The board is responsible for the Institutes programs, its fiscal stability, and its successes in meeting the needs of the Serenbe community. One of the Institutes strengths is the participation by a large number of residents on its board and committees, including

Visual Arts Committee quarterly visiting artists, film series, visual art classes, public art projects, arts activities at May Day Performing Arts Committee musical performances around the community by local artists, residencies by New River Dramatists Environmental Issues Committee community recycling and composting program, tree planting initiative, Carbon Neutral program Serenbe Fellows Committee visiting scholars programs and community building initiatives Traditions Committee - oral history program, visitor information program, new residents program, storytelling and heritage events Civic Events Committee the annual residents ball, community events such as July 4th and May Day in cooperation with Serenbe Development. Education Committee Montessori School advisory program, community education programs and planning Special Projects Committee project management for Community Center, Art Farm, and Fire Pavilion projects

Residents of Serenbe make a significant investment in the Serenbe Institute through participation in the Property Transfer Program, paying a fee to the Institute on the sale of real estate and homes: 1% of sales price on a home; 3% on a lot. Serenbe Institute board policy governs the use of these funds: onehalf of the money is placed in an endowment fund to be a perpetual source of revenue for the Institute from interest and dividends; one-half is available for use for programs and managing the Institutes day to day activities. These funds are supplemented by other gifts and grants, annual memberships, corporate sponsorships, and other revenues. The Serenbe Institute is an important part of the community. It works to make Serenbe the kind of place we envision, where those things we value togethernature, passion, creativity and community will be here for generations to come.