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Examples of this pattern in action:

PGE's Vanscycle Windpower Project
Pendleton, Oregon's Vansycle project is producing green power for customers of Portland General Electric. This "wind farm" generates enough electricity to meet the demands of 60,000 people. Because the wind turbines are located on existing farms, wind power developers don't have to buy property for the turbines, no additional land is developed, and farmers earn extra income. For these reasons, the project is a "win-win" for local farmers, wind energy developers, and the environment. In fact, Vansycle won the support of all parties involved including local tribes, environmentalists, farmers, government, the utility, and the Bonneville Power Administration.

President Clinton's Million Solar Roof Campaign
The Million Solar Roofs Initiative will enable businesses and communities to install solar systems on one million rooftops across the United States by 2010. The Department of Energy will lead this trailblazing initiative by working with partners in the building industry, local governments, state agencies, the solar industry, electric service providers, and non-governmental organizations to remove market barriers and strengthen grassroots demand for solar technologies.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Climate Solutions

Ballard Power Systems

Climate Solutions

Home Energy

Energy Foundation

Emerald People's Utility District


Flavin, Christopher. Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution. W.W. Norton and Co.. New York, NY. 1994.

Pratt, Douglas R., ed. The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living. Real Goods. Hopland, CA. 1999.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling