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B the Change That You Desire!

What do Ben & Jerry's, Etsy, Seventh Generation, Dansko, and Pringle Creek Community all have in common?  We are all B Corporations! Pringle Creek Community is now a B (for Benefit) Corporation, part of the global business community inspiring businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world but to also be the best FOR the world, a community that is working to use the power of commerce  as a force for good vs just for profit.  A 'B Corp', or Benefit Corporation, commits to earning financial returns as well as creating social and environmental value. There are currently over 1,500 Certified B ... Read more

Truly a Community Center

Our community center, Painters Hall, is the main hub of Pringle Creek Community (PCC) life where community members gather for yoga, movie night, walking group, family, and celebratory events. Painters Hall is a beautiful Net Zero building, meaning that through its 220Kwh solar array it makes as much energy (more, in our case) as it requires to serve its energy needs annually.  It is an award-winning Net Zero and LEED platinum commercial building, the first of its kind in the country! Painters Hall serves as both a model of environmental sustainability as well as a community meeting place that ... Read more

We’re in the middle of Wine Country!

Pringle Creek Community rests right in the middle of the Willamette Valley - right in the very center of Oregon's award-winning wine country!  This presents many opportunities to experience a wide variety of delicious, varied, varietals of wine.         The Willamette Valley is an  internationally recognized wine growing region. It’s cool climate and various soil types allows production of many varietals like Pinot Gris, Reisling, Chardonnay, and especially, most notably, Pinot Noir. Oregon's vintners produce award winning wines and the Willamette Valley's vintners are proud recipients of many wine awards.  The Oregon Wine Awards, with a tasting panel composed of master sommeliers, professors ... Read more

Recognition for our LEED Development – A Job Well Done

Recognition for a job well done is always appreciated! Recently, an architect specializing in LEED commercial buildings from Prairie Architects, Inc, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, visited us. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an international third-party rating system that recognizes best-in-class building practices focused on protecting human health and the environment. All of our buildings at Pringle Creek Community are LEED certified at the gold and platinum levels.   Our visitor read about Painters Hall, our LEED platinum, net zero energy, community center online. While visiting relatives in Salem, he insisted they take the opportunity to visit us and ... Read more

Painters Hall Featured in Passive House+

 Originally published in Issue 1 Volume 1 of Passive House+ —  The creation of beautiful, sustainable, low energy buildings is the hallmark of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), an environmental design paradigm which has evolved through the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute, both based in Oregon, USA. One of the first buildings certified under this rigorous design methodology is Painters Hall, a community centre originally built in the 1930s. Located on a 32 acre mixed use site in Salem, Oregon, the upgraded building has achieved zero energy status, the LEED platinum standard and LBC ‘Petal’ ... Read more
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