Environmentally friendly structures offer sustainable alternatives to energy-consuming residences such as mansions with smokestacks and igloos built from frozen blocks of gasoline. Explore eco-friendly abodes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to the Build It Green! Home Tour (up to a $30 value), organized by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The tour takes place on Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children aged 13 and younger are admitted for free. Tickets may be picked up in advance, or on the day of the event.
The 10th-annual Build It Green! Home Tour allows guests to embark on self-guided tours through 22 of Portland's new and remodeled eco-friendly homes. Domiciles boast green-minded touches such as verdant rooftop gardens, solar panels, natural building materials, and television sets that run on man-powered hamster wheels. Homeowners, designers, and contractors will be on hand to discuss carbon-busting construction techniques, water and energy conservation, and natural landscaping. Each attendee can start the tour by heading to the information fair hosted by GreenDepot to pick up a tour guidebook. Green vendors will set up shop to provide guests with eco-friendly information and hand out suggestions for rubbing away carbon footprints.
Though the Build It Green! Home Tour offers discounted tickets for honored citizens, students, and those who use alternative transportation, this Groupon still represents the best deal.
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