Contact Name(s): Steve Paisley
Address: 119 South Hill Terrace, Ithaca

Masonry stove detail at 119 South Hill Terrace

2012 Open House

Friday, October 12 Special Event

"Building Our Homes to Respond to a Changing Climate" at Milstein Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, 6-8p, reception 5:30

Free & open to the public.  How can we expect our climate to change here in Tompkins County in the next 50-100 years, and how should we be designing and building our homes to deal with those new challenges? Join us for a moderated discussion with Jessica Rennells, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center, and Kevin Pratt, principal of the architecture firm Epiphyte Labs and an Assistant Professor in Cornell's Department of Architecture specializing in building technology and sustainable design.

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14 10:00am-4:00pm

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. 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!



See the site locations on this GOOGLE MAP.
FREE PRINTED MAPS including a site matrix that lists all the sites and their green features) now are available at the following locations. See what sites are open each day, and plan your itinerary!

  • Groton at Baker-Miller Lumber (102 W. Cortland St.)
  • Ithaca at CCE-Tompkins, Home Green Home, Greenstar Cooperative Market and Oasis, Ithaca Bakery, Cayuga Lumber, Mimi's Attic, Old Goat Gear Exchange, Ithaca Coffee Company, all three Gimme! Coffee locations downtown, Tompkins County Public Library, Alternatives Credit Union, Cayuga Lumber, Tompkins County Visitors Center, and the Piggery, as well as at Friday's presentation at Milstein Hall Auditorium (see above)
  • Newfield at the Public Library
  • Lansing at Finger Lakes ReUse, Triphammer Wines, and the Ithaca Coffee Company
  • Groton at Baker-Miller Lumber
  • Trumansburg at Millspaughs Lumber and Gimme! Coffee
  • Brooktondale at Brookton's Market
  • Danby at the Danby Town Hall

More to come!


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), and at the following sites during the Open House: 110 Delaware Ave, Ithaca, and 2962 Swamp Rd, Catherine.

Sign in when you purchase your wristband to be entered in a raffle for some great prizes from area vendors. Your support is greatly appreciated! Register your wristband number at for a chance to win valuable prizes, including gift certificates from area shops! We have our winners! Thank you to everyone who bought a wristband!


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 There will be a meeting for volunteers Thursday, October 4, 5-6p, at Cooperative Extension. If you're thinking of volunteering, please come to this meeting or contact Guillermo!


There will be NO van tours this year due to past low enrollment.

Last updated July 26, 2019