Guild hosts wine and cheese event

Guild hosts wine and cheese event
Architect Nathan Good will discuss sustainable design
Of the News-Register
The Green Building Guild of Yamhill County is hosting a talk by architect Nathan Good, timed to coincide with Earth Day.
The event is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Lemelson Winery, 12020 Stagg Hollow Road in Carlton. It will feature wine and cheese-tasting, live music and a tour of the winemaking facility in addition to Good's talk.
Board member Wendy Stassens said the new organization is still working to establish its membership process. It is already offered programs specifically designed for the building industry, but is aimed this one at a general audience.
The evening is intended for "anybody at any level of experience and interest," she said. There is no cover or admission charge, she said.
A former sustainable development designer at CH2M HILL, Good opened Nathan Good Architects PC, with offices in Portland and Salem, five years ago. He specializes in sustainable designs, and has won numerous awards for his work.
According to his website, Good also managed the first commercial green building certification program in the nation for Portland General Electric, and founded Green Building Services, a consulting firm.
The winery itself also has a set of impressively green credentials.
Eric Lemelson, a former environmental attorney, helped design the Lemelson Winery with architect Laurence Ferar and consulting winemaker Eric Hamacher. Completed in 1999, it relies on gravity to move wine from level to level, in order to minimize energy requirements.
The Lemelsons extend their green interest to their seven vineyards, all managed organically. They use composting, cover crops and other techniques to help protect the soil and prevent erosion.
Briar Rose Creamery will provide samples of its locally produced goat cheese at the affair.
"I would love it to be a holistic event, so you're hearing, seeing, tasting," Stassens said. It's like a showcase of what's going on around here. Green building is definitely the focus, but part of that is how we utilize our land."
The Green Building Guild is in the process of establishing a board of directors and registering as a nonprofit.
Founders include Stassens and her husband, Shan, partners in the development company Winsome Homes; civil engineer Larry Anderson, who designed one of the first certified Earth Advantage developments in the state; Nathan Cooprider, an architect with Nathan Good Architects; Tim Stieber, district manager of the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, with his wife, Lori; Ted Nickell, a home designer who specializes in passive solar; Vicki Pich, a Realtor who is Earth Advantage certified; and Gary Johnson, who owns Sage Valley Homes.


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