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Welcome to Central Oregon’s 13th Annual Green and Solar Tour!
We are extremely excited about the quality and innovation that exists in the building community in Central Oregon when it comes to Sustainability.
This year, the Cascadia Green Building Council’s High Desert Branch Collaborative is thrilled about showcasing not only homes but also amazing sustainable commercial buildings in Central Oregon; some of which could be buildings you walk by every day, work in, or a perhaps enjoy a tasty pint.
The tour is the result of countless hours donated by dedicated volunteers and financial support from progressive organizations who believe we in Central Oregon have much to celebrate and showcase. Without such generous support, this event would not be possible. A huge thank you goes out to our Title Sponsor – Energy Trust of Oregon and Platinum Sponsors Sunlight Solar and Home Heating & Cooling. Please visit our website to see all of our sponsors who donated so graciously and please take the time to visit their websites to learn more about them and what they do. They truly are the innovators in the field. It is because of them that we have such gems to highlight in our own community.
True to the expected quality of this community event, we are showing you many examples of projects in our area of which we are extremely proud. Highlighted are a mixture of larger projects where even small changes can make a big difference, and small projects that lead the State by example. Additionally, we’re honored to have Ralph Dinola with the New Buildings Institute and Eric Dunn with Green Hammer kick off our event with presentations on the challenges of truly achieving Net-Zero. Our intention is to promote, inspire, educate and be a resource for sustainable building in our region.
We’re proud of the progress that’s been made in our region to date. In order to help continue making Central Oregon an even better place we challenge all of you to make 2014 better. Consider what role you yourself can contribute to our environmental and social equity health. Be audacious enough to know when to insist on a different course of action. Sustainability cannot be achieved with a single big leap, but rather with many small successes. Remember, our aim should be to have buildings be a contributor to the ecosystem, not taking away from the earth. It may be a long way off, but putting our best, collective feet towards that objective will help our region attain a truly sustainable building industry.
Green + Solar Tour co-chairs: Misti Nelmes (Energy Trust of Oregon) & Stevan Vinci (Morrison Hershfield)
The Green + Solar Tour will be submitted for AIA and GBCI continuing education units.
About Cascadia Green Building Council: Cascadia is a chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Canada Green Building Council, with offices in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Cascadia's mission is to lead a transformation toward a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Cascadia pursues its mission through a comprehensive program of education, outreach, advocacy and innovation.