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 ...
Pringle Creek Community is on Natural Home magazine's list, America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods.The magazine states that "our favorite planned communities strive for responsible construction and promote sustainable living.”
Two and half years ago Natural Home published a similar listing, their top 10 “green housing projects,” and Pringle Creek was also on that list.
Two entries on the new list that weren't on the previous list are in Oregon:
Mosier Creek is in the small town of Mosier, seven miles west of Hood River. The other is Northwest Crossing in Bend.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has written about Pringle Creek Community in their quarterly magazine, Forests for Oregon. The article, "An innovative approach to trees, landscaping, homebuilding," by Cynthia Orlando, is on pages 6-7 of the online 12-page pdf.
The pervious asphalt is an important feature – it allows 90 percent of rainwater to infiltrate on-site to the aquifer, thereby protecting local rivers and streams. Pervious asphalt notwithstanding, “our trees are our most effective stormwater management tool,” says James Santana, Director of Community Development at Pringle Creek.The site’s commitment to mature tree retention – an astounding 80 percent of the ...
The article below was in the Statesman Journal on September 30 in anticipation of the Green and Solar Tour that took place last weekend.
Salem tour puts spotlight on eight sustainable homes
Event promotes solar energy and green living
By Stefanie Knowlton
Eight of Salem's most environmentally friendly homes will be open to the public Saturday for the Salem Green + Solar Home Tour.
The tour, now in its third year, shows off Salem's quiet green-building revolution, which includes everything from a 1946 farmhouse with solar panels to a home under construction that's set to be one of the most energy efficient in the ...
The Salem Statesman Journal devoted their recent "Inside Business" section to articles about greening businesses. Prominent was this piece written by Pringle Creek Masterplan Coordinator Tony Nielsen. In the article Tony praised a number of the local businesses that have been part of the project. Tony mentioned DeSantis Landscaping ("a leader in green landscapes and maintenance services"), Evolution Paving Resources ("a leader in pervious concrete applications"), O'Neil Pine Co. and Withers Lumber ("partnering to ensure a steady flow of Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber"), North Santiam Paving (which "demonstrated ingenuity when it came up with the idea of reusing some ...