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Posted on: August 30, 2013

[ARCHIVED] City Co-Hosts Upcoming Sustainable Home and Garden Tour

Home featured on BRING tour

Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual BRING Home and Garden Tour set for Sunday, September 8th from 10AM to 4PM. Co-hosted by the City and EWEB, the tour is designed to inspire and educate our community on sustainable living strategies. The twelve homes and gardens featured on the self-guided tour showcase new, cutting edge sustainable construction, creative remodels and bountiful gardens. Tour sites include a time-tested straw bale house, the area’s first net zero energy home, two deep energy retrofits (one led by students), and a LEED Gold home with a wind turbine.

This year’s theme is “shared spaces”, highlighting how people can share space and expertise to save resources and build community. In addition to learning about sustainable building practices, tour goers can visit a housing co-op, a shared garden built on a city right-of-way, the new LUCiA new mixed use development with communal gardens, and a redeveloped downtown lot shared by two couples.

Tour goers can pick up ideas for their own projects by chatting with contractors, designers and do-it-yourselfers about cutting edge energy and water conservation approaches, active and passive solar, sustainable and reused building materials, rainwater harvesting, food production and much more.

Tickets are on sale online and at a variety of locations. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts on the day of the event and get a free ticket to the tour. To buy tickets, volunteer or see a preview of the tour sites, visit BRING’s website

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