Pollinator populations are in decline in the United State due to environmental stressors including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition.


Without appropriate vegetation and land management, the number of pollinators will continue to decrease, putting farms and crop yields dependent upon flowering plants at risks. 


At the same time, solar energy projects are being developed in agricultural areas.

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An innovative cottage development in Sisters

ClearPine Cottages- An innovative cottage development in Sisters

ClearPine’s site on the 2018 Green Tour is a 1004 sqft cottage called Blue Fescue, one of nine cottages in a development cluster. Situated in the center of ClearPine, a sustainable, Earth Advantage community. The ClearPine Cottage cluster was designed and constructed under a special code section jointly created by the Developer and the City of Sisters. The emphasis of the code is on land conservation, absence of cars, and a livable common space and community garden shared equally by the cottage residents. The ClearPine Cottages are situated directly adjacent to a new community park, and are within easy walking distance to all necessary services in downtown Sisters.

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There are many reasons to thank Nikola Tesla when it comes to modern technology, had capitalistic greed not stood in his way, Tesla’s contributions to society could have gone significantly further. Despite his mental breakdowns later in life that were likely caused by detractors and capitalists who refuted his utopian visions for society, Tesla created a plethora of inventions, with the goal of transmitting energy to the world at little to no cost.

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Experience the beauty of energy efficiency at this year’s Central Oregon Green Tour. You’ll find homes built for quality, comfort and efficiency, with an EPS™ to prove it. EPS, brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, is an energy performance scoring system that gives you an inside look at the energy impact of a newly built home and how much it costs to operate.

With EPS, you can easily compare homes based on efficiency and find those that offer superior comfort and savings. Qualified homes are built to be at least 10 percent more energy efficient than required by current building codes. When you buy a home with an EPS, you know you’re getting a higher level of performance.

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This is way more exciting than it sounds

If you’re going to save money when you make home energy upgrades, wouldn’t it be nice to apply those savings directly to your financing payments? Well, it turns out someone out there is really trying to make saving energy as easy as possible.

This is exactly what you can do with Craft 3‘s On-Bill Repayment program. You can pay for an energy-saving project through monthly payments on your utility bill. Currently, you can take advantage of this program if you are a customer of Pacific Power and are making qualified energy upgrades that will reduce your electricity costs.

We caught up with Sara Holman, owner of Baby Cakes Diaper Service, to hear about her experience with the on-bill repayment program. She is currently making loan payments through her Pacific Power bill for two energy-saving projects.

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Accessory Dwelling Units – A Backyard Revolution

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This isn’t going to be a deep-dive into Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs–sometimes known as Mother-in-law suites or granny flats). We’ll save that for a series of future posts. To get started, we’re not the experts, so we’re going to point you to a few resources from an expert that can help you get started–listed below started with the easiest.

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Excellent motivation to jump on your energy-saving to do list before the end of the year

Almost forty years ago Oregon was a leader in the energy efficiency movement when the state created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program. The Oregon Department of Energy has overseen this program with the intention of encouraging Oregon residents to adopt more energy efficient devices from appliances to heating systems to solar panels.

The RETC covers 25 different products but there are a few in particular that we have our eye on because of their potential to save large amounts of energy and their excellent return on investment. Here’s a rundown of a few products that will be affected and how you can get a project started before the tax credits expire.

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