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The Green & Main initiative creates community revitalization through sustainable renovation.

Green & Main is an initiative focused on the social and environmental transformation of existing buildings and neighborhoods into sustainable communities.

Chaden Halfhill shares his vision for the Green & Main Pilot Project, on site in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa.

Through its renovation and rehabilitation efforts, Green & Main gives new life and purpose to historic buildings and neighborhoods that may otherwise fall into decay or continue to operate with overly-intensive energy use. Green & Main’s use of environmentally conscious designs, and building methods and materials make a long-term, positive impact on our communities and our planet. Learn more »

Latest Updates on Green & Main

February 1, 2012

Thinking Spring 2012 as the Green & Main Landscaping is Installed

If you’ve ever planted a garden, or even one pumpkin seed, you know the excitement of seeing those first sprouts emerge. So imagine thousands of plants and flowers surfacing, expertly orchestrated to grow and bloom spring through fall to bring function and beauty to the Green & Main site. The Green & Main Pilot Project landscaping was installed this past October, so you can count on a burst of fresh greenery and flowers to greet spring.

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Posted In: Construction Updates, E-Newsletter, Stormwater Management, Sustainability
January 20, 2012

Winter at Green & Main

Frost has settled into the soil at the Green & Main pilot project and layered clothing has become the norm on site. Cold weather slows everything when it arrives, even our perceptions of time. Transitioning from fall, our project processes shift and schedules expand as the conventions of construction industry adjust to the freezing temperatures that turn work trucks into rolling coolers.

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Posted In: Construction Updates, E-Newsletter
November 29, 2011

Historic Preservation Resources

The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior provides guidelines that the Green & Main Pilot Project follows as it merges energy efficient technology with historical preservation. This article provides links to various online resources for these areas.

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Posted In: Historic Preservation
November 21, 2011

Recent Construction: Site Development and Seasonal Preparation

October is typically a month of extremes, when temperatures and temperaments often span the whole spectrum. Anticipation of the first freeze, the first measurable snowfall and bitter northern rains can easily dampen schedules and moods. We were blessed, however, with incredible weather, and my gratitude extends to the many people who stretched themselves to meet the pilot project deadlines.

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Posted In: Construction Updates, E-Newsletter, Stormwater Management
November 18, 2011

Join ‘The Tomorrow Plan’ this Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Join The Tomorrow Plan this coming Tuesday, November 22nd, for a strategic conversation in planning a sustainable future for Greater Des Moines. The Natural Living Community has been asked to help shape the future of Greater Des Moines. Let your voice be heard at a public conversation for The Tomorrow Plan, a 20-month process to craft a strategy for a vibrant and enduring future in the Greater Des Moines area. Your opinion will be influential in shaping the planning of our community for our generation and those that follow.

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Posted In: Community, Events
November 18, 2011

Soil Management and Erosion Control at Green & Main

Teeming with life-giving organisms that transform inorganic minerals in the ground into food for flora, soil is a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. It is a fundamental building block of life. When embarking on any building or renovation project, managing soils and the handling of erosion control may be one of the first thoughts to occur. [...]

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Posted In: E-Newsletter, Stormwater Management
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