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 DePina

Recycler of the Year (Education)
Linda Nishioka, Jon Yoder

Recycler of the Year (Business)
Cascade Baking Company, Hillyer Ford, Sabroso, Salem Habitat for Humanity ReSTORE

Sustainable Business of the Year (Small)
Advantage Pre-Cast, Cascade Baking Co., First Impressions Last, Illahe Vineyards, Pringle Creek Community, Willamette Valley Fruit Co.

Sustainable Business of the Year (Large)
DeSantis Landscaping, Grand Hotel Salem, Green Acres Landscape, Heritage Seedlings, Hillyer Ford, LifeSource Natural Foods, Performance Health Technology, SAIF Corp., South Town Glass

Sustainable Business of the Year (Organization)
Oregon State Capitol,Oregon Department of Energy

Green Building of the Year (New)
Bilyeu Construction: residence on 14th and Nebraska, City of Keizer City Hall/Police Department/Community Center, Kroc Center

Green Building of the Year (Retrofit)
Travel Salem

EarthWISE Businesses of the Year (two winners)
Cascade Baking Co., Hillyer Ford, Sabroso, Advantage Pre-Cast Inc., Willamette Valley Fruit Co., DeSantis Landscaping, Grand Hotel Salem, Green Acres Landscape, Performance Health Technology, SAIF Corp., Oregon State Capitol, Oregon Department of Energy, Travel Salem

Here is the link the article in the Statesman Journal, which said the following about Pringle Creek's award:

The development was built as a living laboratory to show sustainable practices from its geo-thermal heating to its strict green-building standards.

Painter's Hall, the development's community center, is one of the few buildings on the West Coast to reach the highest level of LEED certification from the Green Building Council. It also has a zero-waste policy for events. Developers also reused materials from several existing buildings on site, repurposed others to minimize waste and used local, sustainable products and practices throughout.

The development was recently certified as the Salmon Safe residential development for its efforts to promote water quality and fish habitat on site.


"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 Theater
191 High Street NE, Salem, Oregon
Doors open at 6:15p, Films begin at 7p
Admission: Adults $3, Students $2