B Corporations work to be the Best For the world, not just In the world. Pringle Creek Community has worked to be the best for Salem and the world ever since the very beginning. We're so excited to be recognized for our work, and to set an example for Salem that working for people, planet and profit is best for everyone.
The Statesman Journal's recent article about our certification is a wonderful reinforcement that HOW a business accomplishes their mission can positively (or negatively) affect the greater community. A business that looks beyond profit toward the environment and social justice ...
Originally published in Issue 1 Volume 1 of Passive House+ —
The creation of beautiful, sustainable, low energy buildings is the hallmark of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), an environmental design paradigm which has evolved through the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute, both based in Oregon, USA.
One of the first buildings certified under this rigorous design methodology is Painters Hall, a community centre originally built in the 1930s. Located on a 32 acre mixed use site in Salem, Oregon, the upgraded building has achieved zero energy status, the LEED platinum standard and LBC ‘Petal’ ...
Last week, US Senator Jeff Merkley traveled from Portland to Ashland on electricity only, completing his "Border to Border Oil-Free Across Oregon" tour without a drop of gasonline! Along the way he made a pit stop at Pringle Creek to charge up his car, have lunch, and take a tour of the neighborhood, and it was a pleasure to have him here.Don Myers, President of Pringle Creek's development company, welcomed the crowd and began the program. Speakers included Ecotality's Amy Hillman, Director of OR Dept of Transportation Matt Garrett, Director of OR Dept of Energy Bob Repine, International Brotherhood of ...
Wondering what kinds of properties will hold value in the future?From the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/now-coveted-a-walkable-convenient-place.htmlMay 25, 2012Now Coveted: A Walkable, Convenient PlaceBy CHRISTOPHER B. LEINBERGERWALKING isn’t just good for you. It has become an indicator of your socioeconomic status. Until the 1990s, exclusive suburban homes that were accessible only by car cost more, per square foot, than other kinds of American housing. Now, however, these suburbs have become overbuilt, and housing values have fallen. Today, the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of these now pricey places were slums just 30 years ago. Mariela Alfonzo ...
Portland Daily Journal of Commerce "Salem building hits green milestone" http://djcoregon.com/news/2012/04/11/salem-building-hits-green-milestone-net-zero-energy
Statesman Journal "Pringle building honored again" http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120425/COMMUNITIES/304250007/Pringle-building-honored-again
Sustainable Business Oregon "First two net zero buildings certified under new standard" http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/04/first-two-net-zero-buildings-certified.html
And a really great one on ThomasNet.com
"Net Zero Certified: Two buildings that make more energy than they use" http://news.thomasnet.com/green_clean/2012/04/26/net-zero-certified-two-buildings-that-make-more-energy-than-they-use
Check out the case study on the International Living Future Institute's site https://ilbi.org/lbc/casestudies We will be presenting the project at the Living Futures Conference next week in Portland http://www.cascadiagbc.org/living-future/12, really looking forward to it!
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