Longleaf receives environmental awards

PASCO, Fla., Sept. 4, 2008 – Crosland LLC, one of the Southeast’s leading diversified real estate firms, received two awards for its sustainability practices at Longleaf, a traditional neighborhood community located in Pasco County. Longleaf received a Grand Aurora Award for Green Construction and one of only three Outstanding Florida-Friendly Community Awards from the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program.

The Grand Aurora Award was presented to Crosland at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) for its Green Construction at Longleaf in the Residential Development/Mixed Use Development category. Each year, the Aurora Awards are presented to builders, developers, architects and other disciplines actively involved in projects in a 12-state southeastern region who have demonstrated building and design excellence. The Grand Aurora Award is given to the top winner in each category and this year Longleaf was selected as a winner from 300 entries.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to developing Longleaf as a sustainable community,” said Perry Reader, president of Crosland’s Florida division. “I believe we have created a community at Longleaf where our residents can be proud to live knowing they are doing their part for the environment.”

Annually, the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program honors three Outstanding Florida-Friendly Communities in the state, and this year Longleaf was honored for conserving and protecting Florida’s natural resources.

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods is a University of Florida Extension program that encourages homeowners and professionals to create and maintain Florida-friendly landscapes. Specifically, the program is helping to create sustainable yards that reduce stormwater runoff, decrease water pollution, conserve water, enhance wildlife habitat, conserve the state’s plant and animal diversity and maintain soil health.

Other awards and certifications received by Longleaf include:

  • Green Development designation by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), Longleaf has become the first community to “go green” in Pasco County
  • “Florida-friendly landscaping” certification by Florida Yards & Neighborhoods for Owney Park and Doc Brittle Commons in Longleaf