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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

Painters Hall is focus of Solar Today article

You will want to take a look at Pringle Creek's Path to Net Zero in the September/October issue of Solar Today magazine (to read it all you just click the page-turn buttons at the top of each page). Written by James Santana, the article features photos by Pringle Creek's favorite photographer, Visko Hatfield (including the cover photo. Here are some choice quotations from the text:Under a rooftop covered in solar panels, Pringle Creek neighbors sit on the deck of Painters Hall community center, sipping iced tea, bird watching and looking out over acres of open space. It’s a modern ... Read more

The upside of downsizing

We can't say we anticipated the housing market losing so much steam so fast, but we did anticipate a trend where downsizing would become a vibrant niche in the home building industry. As more and more developers and builders see the "new normal" coming at them, they are struggling to understand what it means.Well, I can tell them what it means:People don't want to spend so much money buying and maintaining a big home;Neither do they want to spend so much time taking care of a large home and lot;They don't want to spend an arm and a leg ... Read more

Pringle Creek wins Urban and Community Forestry award

Pringle Creek won an award for its innovative approach to trees, landscaping and homebuilding. It’s the 17th year of awards, presesented by Oregon Community Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry. James Santana attended the Urban and Community Forestry Conference, held this year at the Oregon Gardens, to receive the award, which was in the "Development" category, one of eight categories overall.Paul Ries, manager of ODF’s urban forestry program, states on the award webpage, "These recipients are to be commended for their efforts to improve the livability of our cities. Their actions are notable for showing creativity, initiative, and ... Read more

Statesman Journal reports on Pringle Creek Conservatory

The recent article, "Pringle Creek greenhouses get a facelift: Historical structures produce food and unite community, is all about Pringle Creek's two 1930s-era greenhouses being back in operation. The Statesman Journal reporter, Rachel Bucci, came out and talked with James Santana. He is quoted throughout the article. One of the highlights of the article: an announcement that the Painters Hall Café is open! "For now Painters Hall Café, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, offers brewed and French press coffee (a Craigslist procured espresso maker is getting a tune-up), tea and Wild Pear box lunches if you ... Read more
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