Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Great Tour! ... and March Events

First, a warm thank you to all of those who attended the tour of Rich and Laura's home and helped us officially kick off the formation of the Klamath Leaf! There was a lot of interest in the tour, so we're hoping to host another within the year! Stay tuned for more events. Also, a special thank you to Rich and Laura for hosting and helping to organize a great event!

Green drinks for March will be held Friday, March 5th, at 5pm at Mia and Pia's. Probably won't be warm enough to sit outside yet... but we'll see! Otherwise, we'll grab some tables inside and sample the current brews.

The Klamath Leaf will be joining other organizations as part of the Alternative Design Center at the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show March 5th, 6th and 7th. The Home and Garden show will be held at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Events Center. Interested in learning more about LEED, the Living Building Challenge, or becoming a member of the Cascadia GBC Klamath Leaf? Come talk to a Klamath Leaf member or grab some additional information. Admission is $3 for the entire weekend, or $2 with a can of food for the food bank. Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Passive Solar Home Tour! Free!

First Klamath Leaf Event for the Year!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Please join our Klamath Leaf on a tour of Rich and Laura Roseberg's home for a closer look at passive solar design, radiant floor heat, and native plant landscaping. This is a great opportunity to learn more about design options for new homes or renovation projects, and to meet or learn about the contractors who have been involved!

Space is limited! If interested, please send an rsvp email to:

Directions: 6948 Peregrine Heights (click for google map)
1) The paved route:
- North on Hwy 97
- Right on Shady Pine Rd
- Right on Peregrine Heights

2) The unpaved, southern route:
- North on Hwy 97
- Right on Wocus Rd
- Right on unpaved road to top of Paradise Hill
- Left (?) on Peregrine Heights.

Transformational Lecture Series (Bend): Featuring Kevin Cavenaugh

When Kevin Cavenaugh completed his Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008, he focused his studies on urban planning, and, more specifically, the regulatory framework that tends to dampen innovative ideas. Kevin’s design efforts in Portland are a prime example of bringing groundbreaking urban designs to life. He has overseen the design, development and management of several projects, including Burnside Rocket (1111 E. Burnside Street), a LEED Platinum, mixed-use building which features ground source heat pumps that use the earth's constant temperature to thermally condition air before entering the building. Now, Kevin has expanded his focus to explore how innovative, compact urban projects can be done without reliance on bank loans. He is currently leading a team of fourteen architects, each designing his/her own “parcel” at 14 Parcels (SW Water Avenue and SW Arthur Street), a truly unique residential project both in terms of design and size. With his work throughout Portland, Kevin continues to shift the current paradigms of urban design.

For registration, click here

Friday, November 13, 2009

Living Building Challenge Version 2.0 Released!

Run one, run all to the International Living Building Institute's website to download the latest iteration of the Living Building Challenge, now with scale independence so you can apply the concepts as easily to a development as a building renovation. Have a look at this inspirational approach to place making and get in touch with The Leaf when you want to discuss or apply these concepts to your own project!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Saturday, October 3

9am - check in at Bend Senior Center
9:30am - Keynote Speaker, Nathan Good
10:30am - Homes open and shuttles leave
5pm - After tour celebration at Bend Brewing Company

The Central Oregon Green and Solar Homes Tour is one of the leading green home tours in the nation. This year's tour will showcase the greenest homes in Central Oregon that incorporate significant use of solar or other renewable energies, new and reclaimed green building materials, and low energy consumption and water conservation technologies. The Tour will kick off with a keynote speech by renowned Northwest architect Nathan Good, and will wrap-up with a People's Choice Award and celebration.

NEW FEATURE! Fixed Route Shuttle Buses for the Tour
Shrink your carbon footprint! Tour-goers can park & ride and enjoy all 6 homes on the Tour. All buses run continuously and all stop at each home for drop-off & pick-up. A bus pass holder can get on/off at any scheduled bus stop throughout the day. Parking will be available at the Bend Senior Center. Shuttle registration available on the registration site. LIMITED SPACE!

This Green and Solar Home Tour is part of the Oregon Green and Solar Tours coordinated by Solar Oregon and is a part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour.

Cascadia Members: $10

Non-Members: $15
Shuttle Fee: $5


Questions? Email

We need volunteers! Interested? Email our volunteer coordinator.


Platinum Sponsors:
The Bend Bulletin

Gold Sponsors:
Sunlight Solar Energy
Earth Advantage Institute
Central Oregon Breeze
Cog Wild

Silver Sponsors:
The Environmental Center
Umpqua Bank
E2 Powered
Wanderlust Tours
Green Energy Transportation and Tour
Team Terry Skjersaa - Duke Warner Realty
Miller Lumber

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Klamath Leaf Members Teleconference with Gina Franzosa, OR Director of Cascadia GBC

Members of the Klamath Leaf filled the conference room at Precision Structural Engineering and phoned in from out of town to engage with Gina Franzosa during a teleconference last week. We discussed aspects of Leaf obligations and efforts, interaction with speakers from out of town, development of connections with local entities, marketing, and outreach. Gina's insights were incredibly useful to the group and we came away with action items that will last us through 2009 and beyond. There is much work to be done, but we have the support of the greater Cascadia Green Building Council. Klamath Falls has much to offer to and much to learn from the greater green building movement and the Leaf is looking forward to the work ahead.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Klamath Falls gets sustainability cred in Portland!

See the article on here! There is plenty of coverage of our favorite sustainable spots: Liskey Farms, The Creamery, OIT, Hot Springs, etc. Can we add some green buildings to that resume!?