Bangalore may be India’s high-tech heart, but in one part of its leafy suburbs, there’s a group of environmentalists trying to get back to the garden. In 2003, husband-and-wife architects Jeeth and Natasha Iype, working with Stanley George, a civil engineer, designed the Good Earth Orchard homes. Each of the 60 projected houses, now in various stages of construction, will feature slate and wood left in a natural state, without toxic waxes and finishes. Sewage will be treated in tanks that process waste without harmful chemicals. Household water will be heated by solar panels, which is expected to reduce electricity use–and electricity bills by 30%. And when ever possible, local building materials are used, which reduces the need for gas guzzling trucks to transport things from far away.But the subtlest eco-friendly feature may be the verandahs that open from each house onto a large, grassy courtyard shared by the entire community. The hope is that the shared space will encourage shared environmental awareness.