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Shannon (our Urban Farm Intern) working with Pete and Mark from Marion Polk Food SharePete, Mark, Shannon and Will in the Conservatory growing starts for MPFSOur first blooms of passion flower inside the Conservatory!The passion flower vine soon will be covered in incredible flowersKristen's LEED tall house is just about finished, gets exterior paint next week or soFariborz's LEED roundhouse getting framedIt will have a one car garage with master bedroom aboveInside the great room, lots of south facing windowsView of the north side. The crane work was done by local company Santana Crane.Cousteau Loop beginning to take shape ... Read more

A local award goes to Pringle Creek

Pringle Creek won the award for Sustainable Small Business of the Year at the first annual Green Awards, an event to raise funds for the educational programs of the Straub Environmental Learning Center. The nominees and winners were picked by the Friends of Straub along with representatives of Marion County Environmental Services and Garten Services. Pringle Creek team members DeSantis Landscaping and Bilyeu Homes were also winners. Here is the listing of nominees with the winners in boldface:Recycler of the Year (Resident)Greg Craven, Steve DePinaRecycler of the Year (Education)Linda Nishioka, Jon YoderRecycler of the Year (Business)Cascade Baking Company, Hillyer ... Read more

"Manufactured Landscapes" at Grand Theater

We love the Salem Progressive Film Series but this one, Manufactured Landscapes, coming up on Thursday March 11, is the one we're most excited about seeing. Edward Burtynsky is AMAZING. The film is about his photography. The director of the film, Jennifer Baichwal, will "appear" via Skype at the Grand Theater to talk about it. Variety magazine says the documentary is "a profound, open-ended meditation on Man's physical impact on his environment." To read more about it and see the trailer, go to the Salem Progressive Film Series website.Location: Grand Theater191 High Street NE, Salem, OregonDoors open at 6:15p, ... Read more

Pringle Creek’s green streets mentioned as model in OEC’s spring newsletter

Oregon Environmental Council, the state’s oldest environmental organization, has an article in their most recent "One Oregon, One Environment" newsletter. The article, titled "Depaving Paradise," is on page seven and features the following photo and caption:Pringle Creek Community in Salem has one of the largest installations of pervious asphalt in the country. The green streets are narrower than conventional streets, using less materials to build and calming traffic. They have no curbs, which reduces construction costs and allows vegetated swales to capture, absorb and clean stormwater runoff.The article does a good job explaining water quality issues. Water quality and ... Read more

Friends of ours

An article about Pringle Creek Community is in the Fall 2008 issue of Landmark magazine. The article is on pages 16 and 17. Landmark is the quarterly publication of 1000 Friends of Oregon.Tom McCall and the organization he co-founded, 1000 Friends of Oregon, are pillars of environmental stewardship and smart planning in Oregon. Consider attending this upcoming event: Executive Director Bob Stacey reviews priorities for coming legislative session, January 7, 11:30 a.m. at Mission Mill.Gov. Tom McCall (left) and Secretary of State Clay Myers in a photo related to Oregon's Bottle Bill circa 1971 [before the era of political ... Read more
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