|“I teach ecological and regenerative design at Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont. We have used Pueblo Verde as a laboratory for the past two years. My students have had the opportunity to develop an entire community model at Pueblo Verde, integrating real world, physical, and financial constraints with ecological and permaculture design concepts. The results have been wonderful! Using what Tom Peifer has built and planted at ECV as a overlay for site development and house design, the students come away with an expanded understanding of what the future can look like and how we can change how we think about development. Anyone lucky enough to have a home at Pueblo Verde will reap long term benefits in the form of community integration, food security, ecological diversity and fun.” – Buzz Ferver, Design Ecologist, Builder and Educator
“I have spent most of my professional career involved in construction, currently as a building energy efficiency consultant in California. The vision for a sustainable community at Pueblo Verde in Guanacaste makes more sense than ever. Starting with the small permaculture farm and educational institute at El Centro Verde, Tom has diligently worked with the land and the local community to develop a plan for an ecologically-based community rooted in the unique nature of the place. The hope is that this foundation will become a magnet for like minded individuals, who realize the importance of food security, and who are ready to live a simpler, more local life and restore their connection to the land base.” – Colin Jessop, Building Analysis Project Manager at the Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. He works in energy efficiency program implementation and training for multifamily housing and helps develop California’s building energy efficiency codes and standards.
“As a community development professional planner with more than 40 years of public and private experience in California, I have seen hundreds of residential subdivisions. Tom Peifer, of El Centro Verde, has put into practice his skills as an ecologist with the design and development of Pueblo Verde near Paraiso, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It fits the hills and valleys composing the site, preserving the trees and vegetation that sustain the natural habitat. If lot buyers are as sensitive with appropriate home construction, it will be a great example of how we can all live in harmony with nature.” – Rob Strong, A.I.C.P., Currently Community Development Director, City of Arroyo Grande, CA, USA.