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104: A Green Built, Solar Powered, Biofuels Station

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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pm104_150.jpgFrom an early start producing biodiesel from used cooking oil in his garage, Ian Hill was instrumental in creating a market for biofuels in the state of Oregon. Now Managing Partner of SeQuential Biofuels in Eugene, he has gone on to build the first retail biofuels station in the state — and it’s not an ordinary fueling station: A solar panel canopy provides 50% of the needed electricity. The convenience store is a passive solar design to help with heating and cooling, and stocks as much locally produced food as possible. Its “living roof”, of mostly native plants, helps cool the building in summer, and slow and filter stormwater runoff. This optimistic enteprenuer says he and his family have found that consuming less can bring greater happiness. [www.sqbiofuels.com]

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86: A Cutting-Edge Architect’s Eco-Friendly Home

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

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pm86_150.jpgAs an organizer in the American Institute of Architects, Chris Stafford has long promoted sustainable design. As a natural builder, he worked with straw bale and clay in Greece and Saudi Arabia. For his Port Townsend home, he considered site, size, materials and energy. The 1500 sq. ft home uses mostly non-toxic materials (and fewer of them), foam insulation, metal roofing, solar hot water for space heating, photovoltaics for electricity, and an innovative rainwater collector for landscape irrigation. [www.building-green.net]

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59: BriarPatch Co-op - Building for the New Century

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

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pm59_150.jpgManager Paul Harton welcomes us to the newly-built BriarPatch Co-op Natural Foods Community Market. It’s built to qualify for LEEDâ„¢ certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and incorporates innovative design throughout. Architect Jeff Gold shows state-of-the-art water and space heating, lighting and skylights, and a polished concrete floor with a “river” running through it. [www.briarpatch.coop]

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36: An Urban Developer Goes for the Green

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

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pm36_150.jpgInspired by the book Natural Capital, developer Joe Van Belleghem transforms a toxic site into a green development that’s totally backed by the city and community in Victoria, B.C. Conserves energy, water, heat, materials, and shares some with the neighbors. [www.docksidegreen.com, www.windmilldevelopments.com]
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32: RE Store - A Second Life for Building Materials

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

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pm32_150.jpgTour a fascinating used building materials store with retail store manager Nate Moore and building deconstruction manager Erin Marden. It’s one of many projects discussed by Robyn duPre of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities (www.re-sources.org).

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