A Green Affair {Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience}

Grab a corn dog & swing by Eco Experience presented by the Minnesota State Fair & Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. I explored this exhibit on Breathe Better Day (aka Friday) & learned about electric cars, alternatives to wood burning fireplaces and had an incredible time wandering Green Crossing.




Green Crossing is the green building exhibit at this year’s Eco Experience. You’ll leave rich with knowledge regarding the many advantages of environmental building systems & strategies. Wander through & talk with experts & members of the design teams about energy efficiency, solar energy, remodeling, and design.

Green Crossing consists of 4 areas:

1.The Common Cottage demonstrates how to improve the house you have. It’s about simple methods that make your home more sustainable. Learn about energy upgrades, see savvy re-use of materials, and get ideas for your green kitchen.

2. The Tech Tower exhibits ways to be sustainable using technology in the home. This building can be thought of as a new home or as an addition to your existing home. Check out the green gadgets and new ideas for everyday living.

Design and Build Team for Common Cottage & Tech Tower:

Design — Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.

Construction —  Reuter Walton Construction 

3. The Community Corner includes neighborhood features to support sustainable living, such as a bus stop, bike rack, a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles, and a community garden for producing food and spending time outdoors.

Carport and renewable energy systems

Locally made solar panels — Silicon Energy

Design and installation of solar systems — Powerfully Green


Design — Giving Tree Gardens

Coordination of plants and landscape block — Hedberg Landscape and Masonry

4. The Passive House was designed to the Passive House Building energy standard and explores how through thoughtful design, homes can operate with extremely reduced heating & cooling systems.

Design and Build Team:

Design and ENergy Modeling — North Dakota State University Design Build Studio led by DandElab (Design and Energy Lab, Architects and Energy Consultants)

Built by — North Dakota State University Design-Build studio (Instructor: Malini Srivastava, DandElab) and Vujovich Design Build

Chevy Volt

Eco Smart

inside a wind turbine!

Thank you to our #ecomonday sponsor!


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    1. Great post! Thank you for the link!

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