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Green, solar home tour today in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Feel like your green thumb is a bit weak at the knuckle?

Head out to the Green and Solar Home Tour today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and get ideas to whip that digit into shape.

The tour, coordinated by the Sustainable Living Center, features six Walla Walla homes and one commercial building all with environmentally friendly designs and ideas, including a bermed-earth insulated home, a green-renovated historic house, even a yurt. Homeowners will be on site to answer questions.

The buildings, in addition to green-building techniques, feature other energy-saving ideas including solar panels, hay-bale insulation, composting toilets, native plant landscaping, radiant-heat flooring, and home-siting for optimum solar efficiency, as well as green remodeling techniques.

The tour is free, although donations will be welcome.

All participants must check in at 9 a.m. today at the Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla.

The tour begins with an orientation at 9:30 a.m. followed by a tour of the Water & Environmental Center before heading out on the tour. Carpools will begin leaving at 10 a.m.

For more information or to register, contact Jenna Bicknell, executive director of the Sustainable Living Center, 509-522-4721, or jenna@sustainablelivingcenter.com.

The Sustainable Living Center's Web site is www.sustainablelivingcenter.com.

The Water & Environmental Center's Web site is www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=1729.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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