Six-Part Education Series on Sustainable Renovation Begins Tomorrow

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Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop

As part of the ongoing Green & Main education efforts, a six-part series on sustainable renovation will begin Friday, February 4th 2011. The first workshop will present a sustainable building overview while also providing tips on prioritizing a renovation project, assessing existing projects, selecting a contractor and staging for site preparation. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component for the series.

The series presents the opportunity to learn more about the renovation of the historic H & H Grocery Store in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. This renovation (the Green & Main Pilot Project) is remodeling a mixed-use masonry building – built in 1933 – according to USGBC LEED Platinum certification guidelines. The workshop series will focus on the sustainable aspects of the project such as storm water management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and post-occupancy education.

Friday’s class will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mickle Neighborhood Resource Center located at 1620 Pleasant Street in Des Moines. The cost for the workshop is $20 for COSC members and $35 for non-members. Register online here or contact Carrie Boyle at 515-707-2787 or by email at

Upcoming 2011 classes are scheduled for:

·         Friday, March 11th

·         Friday, May 6th

·         Friday, June 3rd

·         Friday, September 9th

·         Friday, October 7th

To find other Green & Main education opportunities, please visit our Education & Events section.



– Sara Crouse is a writer and marketing strategist who lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


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