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2018 Olympia Green Tour Sites - May 19 only

Where should I start the Tour? 

Come by the "Low Impact Hub" at West Central Park!

The beautiful West Central Park is the perfect jumping-off point for the South Sound Green Tour!  Sign-in, pick up a Tour Map and visit this community-built private park where local green businesses and nonprofit sustainability organizations will be on site to offer ideas, inspiration and solutions for living and building green!

Questions?  Call (360) 789-9669 the Day of the Tour for Answers!

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Artisans Group Madison Passive HouseMadison Passive House

Madison Passive House is Artisans Group's most recent "Passive House" built with an innovative super-insulated, ultra efficient design method.  This home joins an established neighborhood in the heart of Olympia.

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South Bay Home 

Scott Homes latest energy efficient, solar SIPs Home, South Bay, with South Sound Solar

Another deep green custom home by award-winning local green builder Scott Homes.  Site features include above-code Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) construction, ECO-certified cabinets, 100% LED lighting, low-VOC paints (less-toxic), Solar PV panels on the roof and more.  Visit to learn what a healthy, efficient home feels like!

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Calliope Ecological Farmhouse

This small farmhouse on Olympia's west-side at the beloved Calliope Farm has walls filled with "clay-straw" insulation mixed on site, a time-tested method used around the world to build healthy homes that last 500 years or more.  Exterior cork insulation wrap, rainscreen siding and a vapor permeable wall system make this a super innovative project to learn from.  

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The West Central Park Project

Home to the "Low-Impact Hub" for this year's Green tour - West Central Park shows how ordinary citizens can volunteer to transform urban spaces into beautiful living places - a fusion of sustainable stormwater management and permaculture with community-based art, culture and food growing.  The Tour Hub will feature an ecclectic collection of local green businesses, sustainability non-profits and family-friendly activities.  Come see what a healthier lifestyle has to offer! 

West Central Park Neighborhood Center

The West Central Park Neighborhood Center is a neighborhood scale demonstration of urban sustainability with a community park, a restored Victorian bed and breakfast, a retail bakery, and much more.  The long-term vision of developer Alicia Elliott is taking shape - a café and food court (under construction), a wellness center and other hyper-local retail, dining, lodging, and community studio spaces. 

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Historic Preservation and Energy Retrofit of 1892 Victorian Home, the Marie B&B

The Marie Bed and Breakfast

This historic 1892 home has been lovingly restored, and made more energy efficient in the process of updating it to become a stunning Victorian-style bed and breakfast.   Reclaimed flooring, solar panels and stormwater-wise landscaping make this site a shining example of how historic preservation and green  remodeling can work together!

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Phoebe's Pastry Cafe

A former house converted into a small business, Phoebe's cafe was the first business to open as part of the West Central Park Neighborhood Center developments, and it features extensive use of reclaimed materials and permeable pavers.

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Swantown Inn

The Swantown Inn Bed and Breakfast is an 1887 Victorian Mansion listed on both the city and state historical registers.  Recently expanded and updated with energy efficiency and historical authenticity in mind, this neighborhood B&B, Spa and event space is a wonderful example of how we can work with our beautiful historical buildings to perform in a more sustainable way.

 

2018 South Sound Green Tour