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THF in the Green

THF has many commendable attributes, and being "green" is just one of them! THF is aware of the environmental responsibilities that go hand in hand with development. From ensuring the integrity of young eagles' surroundings to salvaging building materials to providing wetlands for wildlife, THF is cognizant of the importance of being environmentally responsible.

The mission, while moving millions of cubic yards of dirt, building miles of roadways, installing water lines, and building the best census in America, is to also preserve the environment that surrounds THF's developments.

At our corporate office in St. Louis, Missouri, we have installed a 25kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system. This is helping us reduce the amount of energy we need produced by traditional carbon-based resources. Every kilowatt-hour generated by our solar panels saves one pound of coal. This system produces about 6% of our power requirements. At Tigo Solar Energy Monitor you can see exactly how much energy is being generated, along with how many trees and how much CO2 is being saved through the use of these panels.

Preserving the environment takes on many faces. THF has numerous projects nationwide that have been successful in protecting the surrounding habitat so wildlife can flourish.

One example is our Prairie Center development in Colorado. This project took the unprecedented cooperation and commitment of THF and a variety of local environmentalists to ensure the integrity of young bald eagles' surroundings related to this 1,760-acre development. The happy outcome of this story is that THF is proud to announce the birth of a pair of eagles. THF has also retained Denver wildlife specialists to find suitable locations for a prairie dog colony in and around this development. The study aims to learn more about sustaining the eagle population by maintaining a habitat for prairie dogs, a prime food source for bald eagles.

Chippewa Towne Center required an engineered stream crossing and a 0.50 acre on-site mitigation area was created to replace the 0.20 acre of wetlands removed during construction. The mitigation area was planted with select vegetation and hydrated by a series of permanent drainage swales.

At Chesterfield Commons, the 3-time winner of Chesterfield's Beautification Award, varieties of perennials and wildflowers were chosen to provide seed for songbirds. Retention ponds which hold water, as opposed to detention ponds which drain, were created as a year-round haven for wildlife and water fowl. Native grasses surrounding these retention ponds create cover for rabbits and quail. At both Chesterfield Commons and Wentzville Crossroads, tree varieties were chosen to be buffers for plantings and provide protection for birds from predators and winter extremes. And surprisingly, there are more trees now at both of these sites than before they were developed, minimizing the reflection from the parking lots.

THF donated 44 acres to the City of South Charleston, West Virginia, in order to preserve the Trace Fork Watershed which is adjacent to the Shoppes at Trace Fork. In order to protect the land from any future development, THF granted a conservation easement to the city which restricts any development on the property which is owned by THF. This property could have been developed by THF, but, instead, was set aside for recreation use only. Today the conservation easement is enjoyed by hikers and bicyclists who frequent the paths that follow the stream bed.

In addition to recycling materials, THF has put into place several "green" construction systems. White roofs in many of their properties reflect heat and reduce cooling, especially in southerly climates. Skylights are also installed where possible to reduce the amount of electricity needed for lighting systems during the day.

THF understands the importance of ensuring the commercial success of a development. However, THF also understands the importance of contributing to the environmental success surrounding their developments, whether it is protecting the habitat, conserving natural resources or maintaining the integrity of the area. So among THF's many qualities, you may add, they are also into "green."