At Pringle Creek Community, we serve as an example of what a sustainable community is by being the only residential development in Salem to have LEED certified and energy efficient homes. Our sustainable practices continue from the homes we build and into our dedicated green space, which includes Pringle Creek, itself. We also have a non-profit called the Sustainable Learning Center with a focus on education and sustainable practices, which functions within Pringle Creek Community.

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Last week, Chemeketa Community College students from a biology summer course came to PCC to learn more about our environmentally sustainable practices in a hands-on activity. These students helped manage the Japanese knot weed that sometimes is growing near the creek. We don’t use harmful chemicals that may negatively influence the ecosystem we’re cultivating, but manage the nonnative species by cutting it back on a routine basis to get to the “root” of the problem. Students snipped back the knot weed, and made a path to the flowing creek, which also helps make sure the creek keeps clear for salmon to swim. The group of students toured the community, and learned more about how our homes are constructed out of materials that are better for the environment, and also learned more about our innovative renewable energy and geothermal systems. We are glad to be a part of the community regarding sustainable education, and appreciate the students’ curiosity and willingness to help with our mission of using sustainable practices to promote a healthier ecosystem.

Learn Sustainable Land Practices

In the past, we have also brought in the adorable goats from Yoder Goat Rentals onto the land to eat their way through some of the invasives growing like the Japanese knot weed, but also Himalayan Blackberry and English ivy. Perhaps there will be another year of watching goats happily munching on invasives and creating a mini-petting zoo in the future.

Learn Sustainable Land Practices