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Is Pringle Creek Community the Same as Co-Housing?

Pringle Creek Community (PCC) and co-housing communities share many common, desirable features such as pedestrian friendly streets and trails,  higher density, centralized living, open space, and a community center where people can gather and celebrate.  Although there are similarities between the two community types, the differences, which are subtle, are also significant. The main differences exist in three areas - Pringle Creek Community's planning process vs that of a co-housing development, the type of common, residential gathering space, and the degree of community involvement in decision making. Co-housing communities are typically planned, created, and developed by the people who desire to live together in community.  The ... Read more

Energy Efficiency Creates Low-Cost, High Quality Comfort

Man!  It is super windy around here these days with the weather shifting from fall into winter.  Although I hear the wind whipping around outside, giving me thoughts of chilly, cold experiences, I am really comfortable here in the office at Painters Hall.  The level of coziness continues to surprise me; I grew up in Minnesota and recall very well cold winter evenings hanging out by the fireplace.  Our house was warm, but I remember my Dad reminding us to quickly close the doors to keep the heat in; I even recall seeing frost on the inside of the windows when ... Read more

Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Loving the Results

"One man's waste is another man's treasure." "What goes in, comes out" and "waste not, want not" are other familiar sayings regarding waste and garbage.  But, what is waste, really?  Waste is a part of our relationship with our resources, a relationship we've overlooked and dismissed as trivial until fairly recently.  For a long, long time, we created products and packaging from our resources that decomposed or broke down organically.  With the advent of the scientific revolution and emergence of plastics, much of our waste is now relatively permanent, made up of materials that don't break down, at least not for ... Read more

The Ultimate Recycle – Our Geothermal Loop System

Geothermal, 'earth's heat,' is the basis for heating and cooling systems that are elegant and efficient in design and an energy source that is completely renewable.  Pringle Creek Community (PCC) converted an old industrial well into a giant heating and cooling system. As you may know, PCC sits upon a 32-acre property that once served as the maintenance grounds for the Fairview Training Center.  Fairview, established in 1907, was Oregon's state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities until the year 2000.  Fairview Training Center had an extensive 670-acre property, part of which was powered through steam heat.   The industrial well ... Read more

A Resident’s Perspective on Life at Pringle Creek Community

What is it really like to live at Pringle Creek Community (PCC)?  Does living in an energy efficient home make much difference?  Is the quality of life any better? I'd been wondering about this when, during  the monthly neighbor meeting, Anna, a relatively recent neighbor, volunteered some thoughts about her experiences living here so far.  I asked her afterward if she'd take some time to share more about her life at PCC so far.  She happily agreed. Anna decided that she needed to move to the south Salem area in order to be closer to family.  She also wanted to downsize in ... Read more
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