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New Pioneers celebrate 500th "green home"

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By Geoff Hamill

For many Washington County homes, the future is bright, and it may just be bright green.

New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, a community based non-profit organization founded in Washington County in 2005, is celebrating its 500th Green Pioneer Home.

The Green Pioneer Home Campaign was started by New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future in 2008, and kicked off at the Kentucky Crossroads Heritage Festival last October. Sister Clair McGowan, executive director of New Pioneers, said her organization wanted to make a difference, and that’s why the campaign was initiated.

“The idea was to get something that ordinary families could do to participate in the sustainability movement in Springfield and Washington County,” McGowan said.

That movement began when Laurie Smith became the first to join the campaign for a sustainable future in the community last fall.

If you would like to help the program continue to grow, contact New Pioneers at (859) 336-5070, e-mail them at newpioneerssf@aol.com. You can visit their offices at 127 West Main Street in Springfield, or go to www.newpioneersfsf.org on the Internet.

Read the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!