SACO – River Bend Farm served as the site for the first-ever Regenerative Real Estate Gathering in late August.
The Ecology School co-hosted the event with Latitude Regenerative Real Estate, a global community of real estate “change agents” who support real estate buyers, sellers, developers and community stakeholders to create and transform the built environment. As the site of the only buildings in Maine working towards full Living Building certification, River Bend Farm was intentionally chosen as the location for this premier gathering of forward-thinking real estate professionals to provide an example of how sustainable design, building and living intersect be able . According to a press release, River Bend Farm’s two new buildings are among only 25 buildings in the United States built to the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Certification specifications, the most comprehensive green building certification process in the world.
During the inaugural Regenerative Real Estate Gathering, over 40 real estate professionals from across the country gathered in Saco at River Bend Farm to discuss the growing regenerative real estate movement. The four-day gathering included guided conversations, open-space discussions, group reflections, and plenty of time for sharing and collaborating in the great outdoors and exploring the forests, farmlands, and the Saco River. Attendees also enjoyed local foods grown on the Maine farm during the gathering and were treated to a classic Maine lobster dinner on their final night, according to the press release.
Alissa Collins, Co-Founder and COO of Latitude, said: “Our work at Latitude is about transforming our homes and living spaces. Because of this, it was an incredible opportunity to partner with River Bend Farm to host this event. The grounds and organization are beautiful – a living embodiment of the mutuality of people and places. The time was not only instructive and inspiring, but also soul-filling.”
Speakers leading the panel discussions included Neal Collins; Co-Founder of Latitude, Drew Dumsch, Co-Founder, CEO and President of Ecology School; Aaron Fairchild, co-founder and co-CEO of Green Canopy Node; Bill Reed, Director of Regenesis Group; and Ryan Kanteres, partner and director of Simons Architects, one of three firms that helped design the River Bend Farm campus.
“Bringing together real estate professionals from across the country here at River Bend Farm is one of the most exciting new programs The Ecology School has offered and such a perfect setting for their conversations and networking about regenerative real estate,” said Dumsch.