Green & Main In the News

Here are highlights of Green & Main-related media coverage since the Pilot Project was announced.

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July 2011 Media Coverage

Cohousing Pioneer to Speak in Des Moines

June 20, 2011 - Cohousing Pioneer to Speak in Des Moines: “Cohousing, Community and the Value of Custom Neighborhoods”

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Windsor Heights Community Center

Colby Park

6900 School Street

(69th Street south of University Avenue)

Des Moines, IA

$10 Admission

Charles Durrett, an award-winning architect and leader in the North American cohousing movement, will present an overview of the cohousing concept of building community on July 14 in Des Moines, IA. The presentation is open to the public. It will be of particular interest to community builders, neighborhood associations, architects, green builders, city planners and community-conscious people who want to create better neighborhoods. This presentation is sponsored by Turtle Farm Cohousing Community, Indigo Dawn, Silent Rivers, and RDG Planning & Design. In addition to gaining general knowledge of cohousing, attendees will learn about a current local initiative to build such a community. Those interested in being part of this initiative, the Turtle Farm Cohousing Community, will be invited to view the property at an upcoming open house. Details at What is Cohousing? Cohousing is “intentionally building community.”  Cohousing neighborhoods are composed of privately owned homes clustered around shared open space and common facilities. The common house is the heart of the community, designed for events such as group dinners, children’s play, fireplace gatherings, guest lodging, gardening, and yoga. Cars are kept to the exterior of the site, making the neighborhood pedestrian-friendly and safe for children. The future residents are involved in the design so that it reflects their needs and priorities. Environmental sustainability is a core value in cohousing projects. What is Turtle Farm Cohousing Community (TFCC)? Turtle Farm is a 20-acre, privately owned, certified organic fruit and vegetable farm in Granger, Iowa. Owner Angela Tedesco has been operating this farm as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for the past 13 years. Others have joined her in forming TFCC, LLC to support this cohousing project. The Turtle Farm Cohousing Community envisions a new model for urban agriculture that places cohousing on the non-farmed portions of the land. The community owns the farm in common, so that it can continue to exist as a farm to feed the community, or to remain as an income-generating resource, serving residents of central Iowa. About Charles Durrett An architect by training, Charles Durret brought the idea of cohousing to the United States about twenty-five years ago from Denmark.  While living there and attending the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture, Durrett and his wife Kathryn McCamant were intrigued by distinctively friendly, inviting, active neighborhoods called “living communities” and began studying them.  McCamant & Durrett Architects have since designed and consulted in 50 cohousing communities.  Now there are 120 cohousing neighborhoods in the US and Canada and almost 100 more in some stage of development.  They are the authors of the recently released book Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (third edition).  Durrett also wrote Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The Handbook (now in its second edition). Find out more at About Indigo Dawn Indigo Dawn, LLC is a development company that generates progressive community-wide solutions, promoting and encouraging sustainable lifestyles. Indigo Dawn collaborators include: historic rehabilitation experts, business strategists, sustainability educators, communication specialists and event managers. Our mission: to create sustainable communities and to teach others how. Indigo Dawn - Developing a New Way, 735 19th Street, Ste 2, Des Moines, IA 50314 About Silent Rivers Design + Build Silent Rivers, Inc is a design and construction firm that specializes in authentic well-managed residential solutions. Over 18 years strong, Silent Rivers has received national awards for best practices in design, renovation and business stewardship. Building Inspiration - Bringing People Home, offices located at 9205 Swanson Blvd, Clive, IA 50325 RDG Planning & DesignRDG designs spaces that fit the way people live, work, play and learn. Our core values are building relationships on respect and trust; bringing passion, energy and creativity to every project; leading the way with technology and sustainability; and being actively involved in the communities we serve. We're architects, landscape architects, engineers, artists and planners with a passion for design and a drive to make a difference. ###

December 2010 Media Coverage

U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes Green & Main Developer

December 15, 2010  |  Des Moines Register The U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized 12 central Iowa businesses and business owners that participated in the Emerging 200 Initiative. Go to the article »

Veridian Credit Union Helps Finance Green & Main Pilot Project

December 11, 2010  |  Business Record Chaden Halfill, managing member of Indigo Dawn LLC, is a determined man with a big idea but, until recently, little money to back it up. Go to the article »

Green & Main Selected For International Study

November 30, 2010  |  Business Record Indigo Dawn LLC's Green & Main initiative pilot project has been selected to participate in the international Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). Go to the article »

November 2010 Media Coverage

Art Installation by Scavo Campus Students Celebrates Sustainability

November 9, 2010  |  Des Moines Register The Green & Main Pilot Project located at 800 19th St in Des Moines, Iowa recently received a colorful installation. SCAVO Campus Students installed seven panels demonstrating sustainable practices such as storm water management. Go to the article »

October 2010 Media Coverage

Indigo Dawn Takes a Little Green a Long Way

October 16, 2010  |  Des Moines Business Record Support for the Green & Main Pilot Project continues with new funding sources for the the estimated $2.6 million commercial real estate project. The project's funding stems from regional, statewide and national supporters. Go to the article »

CBER Assists in Green Retrofit

October 1, 2010  |  Iowa State University website Article about the Center for Building Energy Research's involvement with Green & Main, including a metering system to monitor the building's energy use to help tenants understand how to best use the building. Go to the article »

September 2010 Media Coverage

Des Moines Developer Launching Model of Green Renovation

September 23, 2010  | The Des Moines Register Article featuring the positive impact Green & Main will have on community revitalization, including establishing a pattern that other developers of small commercial projects can use to tackle their own environmentally friendly renovations with reduced costs and time. Go to the article »

Abandoned Market Building to Set Green Standard

June 21, 2008   |  Des Moines Business Record An interview with Chaden Halfhill about the vision behind the Green & Main Pilot Project and how it will be achieved. Go to the article »

Green Showcase

January 2008  |  Green Des Moines Green & Main among the key sustainable building projects being highlighted in Des Moines. Go to the article »

Green Guide: Eco-update Older Home

April 18, 2010  | The Des Moines Register Chaden Halfhill interview on how to increase your energy efficiency. He provides tips on how to make an older home more eco-friendly. Go to the article »

The Good (Green) Life

July 9, 2010  | dsm Magazine Fun article on how Chaden Halfhill and others in Des Moines are making simple changes in their lives that are positively impacting the environment. Go to the article »