Clint Eastwood Launches Sustainable Community
When Clint Eastwood utters this four-letter word, people stop and listen.
That word isn’t “%&@)&*%!”- one of the many
signature expressions of renegade cop Dirty Harry (“Make my
day…”) Callahan. Nor is it “jazz” or
“golf,” as those more familiar with the storied career of
the accomplished actor, director, musician and politician might surmise.
Rather, the word is
“land,” or more specifically, “abundance of
land” – something dear to the iconic actor’s heart.
Eastwood has long had a reverence for the land and a fervent belief in
the concept of regenerative design. Since directing Play Misty for Me
against the lush backdrop of California’s Monterey Peninsula, he
has nurtured a vision for a residential community that would serve as a
sanctuary for those who combine a love for the land with a desire to
replenish the natural resources being depleted from such natural
settings as his beloved Carmel.
Today, Eastwood has
realized that vision at Tehama, a 2,000-acre residential community
nestled in the hills above Carmel. Taking its name from the Native
American word meaning “abundance of nature,” Tehama is
Eastwood’s distinctive take on sustainable development. With 85%
of the land dedicated to open space, the community is a
“sustainable destination” that will give more back to the
environment than it takes away, asserts architect Mike Waxer, vice
president at Carmel Development. The goal, Waxer explains, is to
eliminate waste and produce a positive - rather than negative or
neutral - impact on the setting.
Among the ecological milestones at Tehama:
Near the south entrance to the community sits
an organic farm that produces fresh certified organic produce on Tehama
land that has been set aside for this purpose in perpetuity. The
organic farm stand, now open year-round for area and community
residents alike, is a recycled building that was moved from
Eastwood’s Mission Ranch.
Two water treatment plants camouflaged as
quaint red barns efficiently serve the water needs of the Tehama
community. In one, water from on-site wells is processed through an
ultra-filtration system and then delivered to homes for drinking water
and other household needs. In the other, wastewater is converted into
reclaimed water that is used to irrigate the Tehama Golf course. A
large retention pond off the 13th fairway serves the wildlife as much
as it does the course itself. Through this type of balanced planning,
the water supply at Tehama is self-sustaining and plentiful.
Tehama has become a model project in
California for the restoration of indigenous plant life. Soon, the
community will offer residents a living laboratory of native trees,
grasses and other plants to aid in their home landscaping decisions.
More than 10 years ago, Tehama developers began germinating these
plants from native seeds collected on the property. Today, the trees
are maturing in an on-site nursery, ready to be incorporated into
residents’ landscape designs. This has the added benefit of
preventing the introduction of outside pathogens that could harm
indigenous plant life and animals.
Tehama’s developers have also made the
local, lightweight Carmel stone excavated on its home sites available
to residents for use in home building and design. Like the nursery
trees, the Carmel stone is offered at below-market prices, encouraging
residents to use native materials appropriate to the land.
Eastwood’s vision also calls for wind
turbines and solar thermal collectors to be installed throughout
Tehama. "We want to be a net exporter of energy into the community,"
says Waxer. The community is on its way to becoming an oxygen exporter,
given the projected ratio of trees to people and wildlife. And thanks
to its advanced waste-processing system, which allows for the
reclamation of water, Tehama is “returning more water to the
community than if we weren’t there,” adds Waxer.
We’d like to invite you to visit Tehama,
where “abundance of nature” thrives and regenerative design
is the law of the land. If you’re unable to visit the exclusive
custom home community, which includes 90 custom estate home sites
priced from $2.5 million, we hope you’ll consider developing an
article on Eastwood’s unique approach to environmentally sound
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