Creating Green and Resilient Neighborhoods

Jan Spencer, Eugene advocate of green and resilient living, will be making 5 presentations titled “Creating Green and Resilient Homes and Neighborhoods” at the “Green” Good Earth Home Show January 20 to 22 at the Fairgrounds.

The presentations focus on building community in the neighborhood, reducing one’s eco footprint and taking care of more basic needs at home or closer to home such as food, water and energy. Jan has been transforming his 1/4 acre property for 16 years. The place is a permaculture land mark in the Northwest. Over 2000 people have visited over the years to see what suburbia can become.

First presentation is Friday, January 20, 7:30 at the Cedars Stage.

The other four presentations will be in the hallway between the main two main exhibition buildings at the Fairgrounds. Jan will conduct four “tours” with a 25 foot long portable mural that illustrates over 2 dozen actions people can take at home and their neighborhoods to live more green and resilient such as edible landscaping, solar design and taking out the driveway.

The “tours” will be at 2 and 4 PM on Saturday and 1 and 3 PM on Sunday in the Hallway between the two main exhibit buildings.

Key words include grass to garden, edible landscaping, rain water catchment, reclaiming automobile space, food storage, permaculture, solar design, social activation, positive human potential, allies and assets.

Jan will show and tell how to increase the scale of going green and resilient with a look at community assets to work with such as neighborhood associations, Map Your Neighborhood, CERT, volunteer programs and communities of faith. Then a quick look at Block Planning, front yard gardens, how to pay for a more green and resilient home and neighborhood [green capital accumulation] and a look at the benefits to be gained.

Jan will be giving away his newest full color poster “Creating Green and Resilient Homes, Neighborhoods, Economy and Culture.” Contact Jan for info about making presentations for community, church or neighborhood groups at

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