From ethically sourced jewelry to farm-to-table dining to sustainable eco-resorts, there are many ways to consume conscientiously and refrain from destroying or damaging the earth’s natural resources. In the real estate space, every new home or residential project offers the opportunity to practice stewardship by creating sustainable structures from the ground up. This includes minimizing the number of trees cut down for new builds, utilizing industry experts to reduce wasted materials, installing energy-efficient appliances, and existing in harmony with the local climate and surroundings.

From a residential complex tucked into an urban gardenscape above the High Line in New York City to a 20,000-acre oceanfront preserve in California, the following properties demonstrate that an environmentally conscious lifestyle begins in the home.

Projects include: Santa Lucia Preserve, Monad Terrace, 12 Warren, Walden Monterey and Jardim.

12 Warren

Form follows function — and in this case, the form is a staggering construction of bluestone that makes up the modern 12 Warren building in Manhattan’s historic TriBeCa neighborhood. The hand-laid stones from the Catskill region in upstate New York provide a natural oasis for city dwellers, while handcrafted furnishings and mindful methods remind residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The beautiful brainchild is from DDG, an innovative firm that wants to make it easier for residents to go green. The LEED-certified homes set a standard for conscientious living and use concrete to reduce the urban heat island effect, which is caused by human activity in a city combined with rising temperatures. The building collects storm water for reuse, and the units employ secondary heating elements to minimize electrical output from the heating and cooling system, saving money and energy.

The 12-floor building is composed of full-floor, duplex and triplex residences. Each unit integrates the asymmetrical slabs of bluestone to bring the naturescape inside with jagged rock archways and wall features. Throughout the contemporary layouts, an acute attention to detail is apparent in the accents of Austrian white oak, honed Black Saint Laurent marble countertops, elegant Carrera marble bathrooms, wet bars with custom cabinetry and 7-foot-tall windows looking out to the Hudson River and Brooklyn Bridge. The building’s amenities include an expansive fitness studio, 24-hour concierge / doorman and private storage available for purchase. For two-wheel enthusiasts, there is convenient bike storage available for purchase to encourage less automotive use.