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Web article praises community-building at Pringle Creek

A new web article on the Worldchanging site, "Outside Ideas: Sustainable Community at Pringle Creek" is very complimentary:   But these building components do not themselves alone create communities that are exciting, inclusive and rooted places for people to live. In my own experience as a professional planner, I have been involved with a number of green building projects and innovative neighborhood developments, but when it comes to successfully creating a sustainable community, only one stands above the rest.The Pringle Creek sustainable development in Salem, Ore. offers much more than your conventional residential subdivision; it offers individuals the chance to be ... Read more

Pringle Creek featured in Environmental Design + Construction magazine

Here is the latest magazine article about Pringle Creek Community. It is in a special issue of Environmental Design + Construction magazine, their annual "LEED" issue. The article focuses on Pringle Creek's LEED Platinum (and award-winning) Cottage Home.   SDI went all out for the first house completed at the development, known as the Learning Home. It was the first house in the Pacific Northwest to earn LEED Platinum certification and just the sixth in the country. It earned 103 points, which was, as of June 2007, a record. The house also won a silver EnergyValue Housing Award in the Custom ... Read more

Oregon cities are among the “Best Green Places” (Salem is #16)

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 ... Read more

One of the ten best in the country, says Natural Home Magazine

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 ... Read more

Sustainable Industries Journal article features Pringle Creek

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 ... Read more
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