Visit 21 homes that use renewable energy and/or eco-friendly building practices. Homeowners and/or green building professionals will be on-site to answer your questions and describe their building's green features -- such as energy-efficient appliances, passive solar design, photovoltaics, wind power, salvaged and non-toxic building materials, local lumber, strawbale construction and much more!
NOTE: Our tour takes place over two days, with half of the homes open on Saturday, and half on Sunday for self-guided tours (except Ecovillage, which will give guided tours at noon and 2 on Saturday). Visitors may view participating sites between 10:00am and 4:00pm each day. Please visit sites ONLY on the days that the owners have agreed to be open!
FREE PRINTED MAPS (including a site matrix that lists all the sites and their green features) will be available the week before the tour at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, and at businesses throughout Tompkins County (see list below). See what sites are open each day and plan your itinerary! (Google Map coming soon!) Download City of Ithaca (1.6MB) and Tompkins County (3.4MB) maps showing sites on this year's Greenbuildings Open House! (Note: numbers are for identification purposes only; you can visit sites in any order you'd like. Saturday sites are yellow; Sunday sites are blue.) Download a copy of the Open House site matrix (33KB) today!
To help make the Green Buildings Open House a self-sustaining event, visitors are asked to purchase a wristband for $5. Proceeds help cover event costs not met by advertising sales and grant funds. Wristbands are $5 and are good for admission to all sites over both days. Children under 18 are FREE and no one will be turned away, but we encourage you to support the event if you are able.
Wristbands can be pre-purchased at Cooperative Extension (615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca), Home Green Home (on the Commons in Ithaca), Greenstar Cooperative Market (701 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca), the Sustainability Center (111 N. Albany St., Ithaca), and at the following sites during the Open House (Saturday only): 112 Lansingville Rd., Lansing; 6200 Deer Run Lane, Enfield; 135 Muzzy Road, Danby.
Volunteers Are Needed! Some sites on our tour receive several hundred visitors during the course of the day. Volunteers can help by directing visitors to sign in, providing information about the site's features, or just giving the homeowners a break to eat lunch! Volunteers are stationed for 2 or more hours at a site. If you would like to get an intimate, first-hand look at some of the most inspiring green buildings in the area and help us promote green building principles, please contact Guillermo Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a meeting for volunteers Tuesday, September 17, 6-7p, at Cooperative Extension. If you're thinking of volunteering, please come to this meeting or contact Guillermo!
Last updated September 29, 2015