Country Home magazine has put out their second annual Best Green Places list. They “analyzed hundreds of cities on key points, such as official energy policies, green power, green buildings, and the availability of fresh, locally grown food.”
Very interesting: Out of 379 cities, Corvallis is #1, Portland-Vanco-Beaverton is #2, Eugene Springfield is #6, Bend is #9 and Salem is #16. Many other “Cascadia” cities are also high up. That should make us appreciate all the more our little corner of the continent.
A comparison of last year's list has me wondering if "locally grown food" is a new consideration. How ...
Pringle Creek Community is on Natural Home Magazine’s list of the top ten green housing developments. It’s a ten-way tie; the developments are listed alphabetically by city. In addition to recognizing the potential for carbon-neutral living and net-zero energy homes at Pringle Creek (all Pringle Creek homes are expected to achieve LEED-Silver, Gold or Platinum), the magazine takes note of these great features:Geothermal heating in 70 homes, commercial and mixed-use buildingsForest Stewardship Council-certified lumberGreen restoration of historic buildings and greenhousesPorous asphalt street system for managing rainwaterOnsite biodiesel co-op; community flex car (car-sharing)Creek and wetlands restoration; tree preservation planCommunity garden ...
Pringle Creek is one of the projects discussed in There goes the neighborhood, an article in the May issue of Sustainable Industries Journal. The article is about the new LEED-ND (neighborhood) certification. Pringle Creek has applied for LEED-ND. Below are the paragraphs relating to Pringle Creek.
A major ski resort and a former training site for disabled workers are among the projects aiming for certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhoods (ND) program, which will evaluate up to 120 pilot projects at various stages of planning and construction across the ...
Thank you Statesman Journal for a fine editorial in today's paper about Pringle Creek:
Explore the future of 'green' living in Salem:
New development will offer many energy-saving features
Out at Pringle Creek Community, the subdivision under construction on the old Fairview Training Center site, you can get a glimpse at what it would be like if every day were Earth Day.
Instead of felling most trees, the developers saved 80 percent of them -- then milled the rest for boards and put the sawdust on the community garden.
Instead of carving the site into building lots, they clustered homes and saved 35 percent ...
March 31, 2007
Visitors will be able to see the community’s first model home, its porous streets that keep rainwater on the land and out of storm sewers, its community orchard and its gardens.
In addition, as many as 100 students from the Salem-Keizer School District will be on hand to show off what they’ve learned this year by participating in the annual Adopt-A-Stream Program, sponsored by the city of Salem and the school district.
“We’re delighted to be holding our annual Spring Conference at Pringle Creek Community this year,” said Deborah Topp, who coordinates the Adopt-A
A-Stream Program for the city. ...