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Salem Green + Solar Fair 2011

Are you interested in increasing the value of your current home? Would you like to learn what green-building leaders in the region have done with their homes? Want to talk with experts and owners about design, products, and strategies to help get you there?Join us Saturday, October 1st for:Salem Green + Solar Fair 2011Brought to you by Salem AIA, Pringle Creek Community, Marion County Public Works Environmental Services, and Solar OregonThe focus of this year’s fair is on increasing the value of your home through green renovation & remodeling! Join 14 other cities across Oregon for this annual event!We will ... Read more

MIG Farm Dinner!

Jackie and I went to the Minto Island Growers Farm Dinner last week and it was awesome! David Rosales and crew created a delicious all-veg multi-course dinner at the MIG Farm Stand, served family-style. Such a great group of people at all the tables, mostly CSA members, very elegant and classy, and a ton of fun. Can we do this every weekend? Awesome job Chris and Elizabeth! And to Sally for putting it together! Thank you for bringing an event like this to Salem. We hope there will be more! PS: if you would like to join the MIG ... Read more

Favorite Salem secret (again)

Kelsey Wilson was just featured in the Statesman Journal Young Professional spotlight, and said her "favorite Salem secret" is "Pringle Creek Community. It's the perfect place to ride bikes, have a picnic or go for a walk." Thanks Kelsey! You aren't the only one who loves this place. Julia McFerron told the Statesman Journal that Pringle Creek was her "Favorite Salem Secret" last year too, and we have a lot of friends that come here just to enjoy the 12 acres of natural open space and well-designed streets -- like living in a park. It's beautiful, as you can see ... Read more


Painters Hall Cafe is an awesome place to have lunch -- have you discovered it yet? To see the menu (which includes organic blueberry gelato, espresso drinks, and great food), visit  seriously the best gaspacho this side of Seville... The best place in Salem to sit outside, have lunch in the shade, and listen to the birds sing. Organic greens, incredible bread, home baked chicken, fresh fruit, balsamic dressing.... all this for $5 Read more

Painters Hall mentioned in Statesman article on WOU

We received a brief mention in today's Statesman Journal, as Painters Hall was the first LEED Platinum building in Salem. Congratulations to Western Oregon University! Link to Statesman Journal article WOU hall becomes first Polk LEED Platinum buildingJustin MuchStatesman JournalAugust 4, 2011The newly anointed nexus on the Western Oregon University campus just officially earned its green stripes.Ackerman Hall, which opened in September, achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).The Hall’s builders aimed for the Platinum rating from the onset, while its architect, Kurt Haapala, also prized the building’s physical location ... Read more
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