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Nature of Cities & Open House

Special Open House this Saturday at Noon! In response to last night's film, five homeowners are opening their homes to people interested in learning why a neighborhood that is beautiful and healthy to live in is so great, and what a home that integrates with nature looks and feels like.Last night I presented at Salem Progressive Film Series, after the film "Nature of Cities." One of the data points I shared was the percent of parks and open space in a typical neighborhood development in Salem. I took a look at the Morningside Neighborhood, in south Salem, and found ... Read more

The trend towards community

Here's a nice nytimes article highlighting why people are drawn more and more to the idea of living in a community where neighbors know and look out for one another, share resources and spaces, and in general live happy and healthy lives together.While Pringle Creek isn't co-housing, we have certainly borrowed from many of the values of co-housing; community gardens, tool library, Painters Hall, clustered houses, 12 acres of open space, and neighbors that know and care about one another... From the New York Times 3, 2011 Co-Housing Group Plans for Shared FutureBy LISA PREVOSTNEW HAVENA BOOK editor, two ... Read more

EarthWISE 100th certification!

We are really proud to be a part of this program!Thanks Alan, Beth & Bailey for your great leadership in Marion County!Read more about it here, here, here and here.If you are already EarthWISE certified, come join us to celebrate! Date: Saturday, Feb. 26Time: 2:30 to 5:30Tours: at 3, 4, and 5Who: Owners, CEOS, Green Teams (spouses and children welcome).Where: Painter Hall (directions at: Snacks, soft drinks, coffee, funHow: By RSVP to Alan Pennington Read more

Green + Solar Tour a great success

This year's Green + Solar Tour was the best we've had in four years -- incredible tour sites and enthusiastic tour participants -- an all-around quality event. Thanks to our sponsors for helping make it happen!Also a big thanks to homeowners and project site tour guides, who took their entire Saturday off to share their knowledge with others. Overall we had 200 people on this year's tour! More than 90 packed in to hear Nathan's greenbuilding presentation at 9am, and ten local vendors and organizations had great conversations with tour participants out on the deck of Painters Hall. Tour ... Read more

Salem Green + Solar Tour 2010

Be inspired by your neighbors!Saturday, October 2nd, 20109am-4pmThis year's Salem Green + Solar Tour offers an incredible lineup of nine cutting-edge projects: the first Passive House certified home in Oregon; the first net-zero energy commercial building in Oregon; an existing home solar remodel in McNary Estates; downtown's newest green commercial-retail building, WaterPlace; the first home to receive a Solarize Salem Co-op installation; the green update to Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House; and ABC Extreme Makeover's newly-completed LEED Gold dormitory at the Oregon School for the Deaf, among others. Architect Nathan Good will begin the event at 9am with a ... Read more
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