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. ...
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Project reflects push for efficiency
Officials: Homes will have energy conservation focus
by Beth Casper, May 27, 2007
The new energy-efficient, green homes at Pringle Creek Community won't be cheap. The 1,400-square-foot model home under construction will set someone back $432,000. It's a price some would consider steep given that new construction prices in south and southeast Salem range between $370,000 and $450,000.
And that's for a home almost twice as big, according to the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service.
But that's not the point of this home.
From September 23, 2008 Statesman Journal:
Businesses from construction to retail are working to GO GREEN
Pringle Creek is helping Salem-area builders gain environmental skills
Greening your business makes sense. What began as part of the environmental movement has become good business practice as the cost of energy soars and the demand for healthy products grows.
The emergence of green marketing during the past few years is nothing short of amazing. Small businesses and giant conglomerates are on the bandwagon. BP and Exxon promote renewable resources while the local dry cleaners advertise nontoxic methods.
Environmentally responsible products and services are everywhere. But consumers are ...
December 24, 2008 Statesman Journal article
Students helping study water quality
They are sampling fish, small insects along Pringle Creek
James Santana • Special to the Statesman Journal
December 24, 2008
Not more than 30 years ago, streams in our area teemed with native fish. As development increased, so did our impact on nature; water quality declined, affecting sensitive in-stream insects, causing fish species such as salmon and trout to all but disappear.
Eighth-graders from Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School are investigating why.
Guided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the students have been sampling and comparing fish and macroinvertebrates in various sections of ...