San Juan Island
2012 Stewardship Award Winner – Village Category

The Sun Rise permanently affordable housing neighborhood was developed by the San Juan Community Home Trust using sustainable building practices and low-impact development. The neighborhood includes rain gardens, solar hot water heating systems for each home, bamboo floors, rainwater plumbed to the laundry machines, and has its own Living Machine wastewater treatment system.

Living Machine wastewater treatment system

The Home Trust is working to become the first residential neighborhood in Washington State that is permitted to use treated wastewater in toilets and as irrigation.  This “multi-family”

-zoned area on the east side of Friday Harbor could have been developed at a density of 14 homes per acre, but was instead developed at 8 homes per acre in order to create more open space, room for a community garden, and to enhance habitat value for wildlife.