About the Cause

The Green Buildings Open House is one of the premier events of its kind in the country, showcasing nearly two dozen homes and businesses that feature both cutting-edge and traditional, time-honored green building methods, materials, and technologies. To see profiles and photos of the houses, please go to the 2014 Green Building Open House webpage.

In conjunction with the SPCA of Tompkins County, the first animal shelter in the nation to receive LEED Silver certification, this year we’re bringing the green to our four-legged friends, with a challenge to build the ‘greenest’ doghouse in Tompkins County. We invite you to design and build a doghouse using principles of sustainable building. Doghouses will be on display as part of the 2014 Ithaca-Area Green Buildings Open House Weekend and will be auctioned as a joint fundraiser for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the SPCA of Tompkins County at the opening party at the SPCA of Tompkins County on Friday, October 3rd. For more details about the Doghouse Challenge or to register, please visit the Green Doghouse Challenge webpage.

 

 

Connect to Green Building Open House & Green Doghouse Challenge

Website: http://ccetompkins.org/home/green-building/2014-open-house
 
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MAPS

FREE PRINTED MAPS (including a site matrix that lists all the sites and their green features) will be available the week before the tour at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, and at selected businesses throughout Tompkins County.  If you would like a map mailed to you, please add $2 to cover the cost of shipping & handling.  $2

 

WRISTBAND ADMISSION

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. $5 if you are picking up your wristband, $7 if you want your wristband mailed to you with a map.

 

OPENING PARTY ADMISSION

Join us at 7pm on Friday October 3rd, at the kick off event at the SPCA of Tompkins County where we will auction off the doghouses, hear from passionate leaders, tour the LEED Silver facility, and enjoy delicious local food and beverages.  Admission to the opening party is by a suggested donation of $20, which includes a wristband for the Open House.  Proceeds will benefit the SPCA and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.    $20 suggested donation includes a wristband and map, which will be waiting for you at the event.

 

GREEN BUILDING OPEN HOUSE T-SHIRT

Super-soft organic t-shirts, white logo on chocolate brown shirt.    $25, shirts available for pick up at the CCETC and at the opening party.  $30 if you want your shirt shipped.

 

GREEN DOGHOUSE CHALLENGE T-SHIRT

Super-soft organic t-shirts, white logo on chocolate brown shirt.    $25, shirts available for pick up at the CCETC and at the opening party.  $30 if you want your shirt shipped.

 

GREEN DOGHOUSE CHALLENGE REGISTRATION FEE

Are you up to the challenge to build a green doghouse for our four-legged friends?  Each doghouse submitted will be on display during the weekend’s festivities and will be auctioned off as a joint fundraiser for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the SPCA of Tompkins County.  See all entry guidelines here.  Registration fee:   $25, with the first 6 registrants receiving a $25 gift certificate from Ithaca Agway to use towards the building of your doghouse.

 

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL

This year, for the first time, we are partnering with Boxy Bikes, Ithaca’s Electric bike company.   Make your tour of the houses truly green by using pedal power with electric assist to help get you up some of the hills. Each bike has about a 20-mile range per charge, some bikes can take a passenger.  $30 for 24-hour bike rental.  Limited availability.  Bikes must be reserved and paid for through the Boxy Bikes website. Contact info@boxybikes.com for more information.

 

ADVERTISEMENT ON MAP 

Are you a business owner or manager who wants to reach consumers concerned with sustainability?  Each year the GBOH prints and distributes 1000 maps.  Your advertising helps fund the printing of the map while informing GBOH visitors about your green services.     $100 (non-profit)/$150 (for-profit) for a business-card sized ad.  $150 (non-profit)/$200 (for-profit) for a large square ad (2.8″x2.8″).