Welcome to my Triangle Green Home Blog focusing on topics related to green housing in the Metro Triangle Area. As an EcoBroker Certified Realtor my goal is to promote eco-friendly housing and to help buyers find new green homes and provide resources to help improve the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of existing homes. My blog compliments my TraingleGreenHomes.com website with breaking news and updates on a more regular basis.
Topics will range from green certified homes and products to local eco-events.
- Subdivisions that feature energy efficient homes
- Local events
- New products for the home
- People in the news
- Practical tips to reduce energy consumption
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The Triangle area is definitely going green. The Mayors of the three major cities, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill have signed the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. This commits the cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions levels 7% by 2012 from their 1990 levels. Check to see if your city has signed. In all the cities you’ll find signs of more environmental consciousness. I listed a sampling of what’s happening in each city indicating that eco-consciousness is becoming a main stream trend.
Th 3rd Annual Green Home Tour hosted by the Home Builders Associations of Durham-Orange-Chatham and Wake Counties was held May 3rd and 4th. This year 40 homes were featured with 10 in Wake County and that’s a first! Each year the tour doubles in size and the number of participants exceed the planning committee’s expectations and 2008 was no exception!
Here are some highlights indicating Raleigh’s commitment and change from BAU to an eco-consciousness. Download the latest version of City of Raleigh Environmental Programs Report for a full report.
- Earth Day 2008 is a joint celebration between the City of Raleigh and Burt’s Bees
- October 2007, Raleigh residents approved an $88.6 million bond referendum for parks and greenway improvements
- Member of the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition founded in 1999 to improve air quality and reduce dependence on petroleum by promoting alternative transportation fuels.
- Installation of low flow devices in city owned buildings.
- Raleigh is updating its Comprehensive Plan Update 2030
- The N.C. Department of Transportation has disconnected background lights in eight vending machines, saving $100 a year per machine.
- February 2007, Cree and Raleigh, North Carolina, Launch Nation’s First “LED City” with Cost-Saving Municipal Lighting.
- December 2007, Cherokee Investment Partner’s Mainstream Greenhome built in a traditional established neighborhood demonstrates that an environmentally friendly home can look and feel like a traditional home while using less energy, conserving more water, and providing a healthier living environment
- Innovative sustainable designed schools -Durant Road Middle School and Heritage Middle School
- 2007 Country Home magazine, in conjunction with Sperling’s BestPlaces, named Durham #17th Best Green Places to live in America.
- Duke University Sustainability Office http://www.duke.edu/web/ESC/
- The Durham Earth Day Festival 2008 was presented by Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the City of Durham Stormwater Services and Solid Waste Departments, SEEDS, the Scrap Exchange, the Festival for the Eno, Durham Central Park, Inc. and The Community Green Guide.
- #37 Best Walking City – Prevention 2007
- City adopts green vehicles policy to purchases hybrid vehicles for city fleet.
- American Tobacco’s design and landscaping has collected industry awards for Best Mixed Use Development, Best Renovated Commercial Property, and Best Redevelopment Project.
- Greenbridge in downtown Chapel Hill is the first LEED certified mixed-use residential project designed by William McDonough+Partners.
- Raskis Elementary in Chapel Hill high is a high performance eco-friendly school for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
- 51 Habitat for Humanity Homes to be built include a community garden and recreation area.
- East 54 community development project in Chapel Hill is currently under construction as one of the only LEED-ND pilot participants in North Carolina.
The lists in no way describe the plethora of green events and projects throughout the area. I could go to an environmental event nearly every day somewhere in the in Triangle.
Enjoy and don’t be shy. You are welcome to comment on my posts and please let me know what I’ve missed!
EcoBroker, Realtor and long time Environmentalist living in Raleigh