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That’s using the ol’ tree

And here is the orchard (in its infancy). Read more

Ray Oldenburg: “The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community”

[the subtitle serves pretty well as a synopsis] Read more

William McDonough and Michael Braungart: "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things"

"Reduce, reuse, recycle . . . perpetuates a one-way, 'cradle to grave' manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, they ask. In fact, why not take nature itself as our model?” Read more

More Opsis Architecture Picnic Photos

Posted Sept. 7, 2010 Read more

Statesman Journal reprint

From September 23, 2008 Statesman Journal: Businesses from construction to retail are working to GO GREEN Pringle Creek is helping Salem-area builders gain environmental skills Greening your business makes sense. What began as part of the environmental movement has become good business practice as the cost of energy soars and the demand for healthy products grows. The emergence of green marketing during the past few years is nothing short of amazing. Small businesses and giant conglomerates are on the bandwagon. BP and Exxon promote renewable resources while the local dry cleaners advertise nontoxic methods. Environmentally responsible products and services are everywhere. But consumers are ... Read more
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