Green Building Tour – 4/14/2012


As part of the “Evansville Earth Days -2012 Shades of Green” celebrations, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is pleased
to announce a FREE Green Building Tour to highlight some of the “green” and energy efficient buildings
recently completed in Evansville.

About 70 percent of the energy consumed in this country is used to heat, cool and operate buildings.
Constructing and renovating buildings using green building materials and techniques makes them more energy
efficient, easier to maintain and more durable. Over the life of the building, the initial extra cost of building
green and energy efficient is more than paid back by lower utility bills, less upkeep and healthier living
conditions. Evansville can take a lot of pride in many progressive building projects, some of which will be
featured on this Green Building Tour.

Take the tour on a METS hybrid bus. The tour will stop at the EnergyStar5+ homes just completed by
ECHO Housing; travel north to the Oaklyn Library to see the green roof and native plants; double back to
visit the UE’s Ridgeway building – the second building in Evansville to receive the U.S. Green Building
Council’s “Leadership in Energy & Environmental & Design” (LEED) certification. Next stop will be the
Wesselman Nature Center, the only building in Evansville to attain the LEED Gold certification, the second
highest LEED level possible. We’ll head west to the Bayard Park area to view HOPE of Evansville’s recently
completed energy efficient / green renovation of a home built in 1919. Our last stop is the gleaming Ford
Center, planned to achieve LEED Silver. Space is limited on the bus, so plan to reserve your seats early.

Dona Bergman, Evansville’s Director of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Quality, added, “I’d like to
thank ECHO Housing, HOPE of Evansville, University of Evansville, the Oaklyn Branch Library, Wesselman
Nature Society and the Evansville Vanderburgh County Building Authority for allowing us to tour their
facilities. Hafer Associates, VPS Architecture and Efficient Energy Technologies have agreed to speak about
the architectural, construction and green aspects of their respective projects, so it should be a very interesting

The tour will start at the Civic Center parking lot on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. and will return at 12:40
p.m. Please see itinerary on the next page. Space on the METS bus is limited, so please reserve your space early! For
information or to reserve your seat, please contact Dona Bergman @ 812/435-6145 or

9:00 Board bus at Civic Center Parking Lot

9:10 100 and 102 Read Street (ECHO Housing) (Energy Star 5+)
Hosts: Stephanie Tenbarge, ECHO Director & Richard Kuhn, Efficient Energy Technologies,
Project Manager

9:30 Board bus to Oaklyn Library

9:45 Oaklyn Library; 3820 Oak Hill Road (Green roof / native plants)
Hosts: Pam Locker, EVPL & Sarah Schuler, VPS Architecture

10:15 Board bus to UE Ridgeway Center

10:30 Ridgeway Center, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue (access from Walnut
Street) (2nd LEED building in Evansville)
Hosts: Tom Blythe, Hafer Associates, Larry Horn, University of Evansville

10:50 Board bus to Wesselman Nature Center

11:00 Wesselman Nature Center, 551 N. Boeke Road (LEED Gold)
Hosts: Tom Blythe, Hafer Associates, Dr. John Foster, WNS

11:30 Board bus to 807 E. Chandler Avenue

11:45 807 E. Chandler Avenue (HOPE of Evansville) (Green / EE rehab)
Hosts: Thomas Coe, HOPE Director & Richard Kuhn, Efficient Energy
Technologies, Project Manager

12:05 Board bus to Ford Center

12:10 The Ford Center (projected for LEED Silver)
Hosts: David Rector & Mick McNally, EVCBA & Sarah Schuler, VPS Architecture

12:40 Return to Civic Center Parking lot.