Green Tour

Annually, WREC and our partners host a green practices tour highlighting projects your neighbors completed to improve water quality and habitat within the community.

Fall 2013 Green Tour

The Fall 2012 green tour will occur on October 22nd, 2013. The tour will depart from the Purdue University Armory parking lot by bus at 2 pm. Parking is available for tour participants in the University Street parking garage (201 N. University Street, West Lafayette). Registration for the bus tour is requested. Register now using this link!

The bus tour will include four stops between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Tour stops highlight projects funded through the Ford C3 program which were designed by Purdue University students in association with their community partners. Purdue University students are encourage to participate as part of Green Week 2013. WREC welcomes community members to tour these sites, learn about green practices and celebrate the successes of these community partners, WREC and the Purdue University student designers.

Participants are free to join the tour at any of the stops.

Guided Bus Tour Stops:

  • Imagination Station - Rain garden and rain barrels (2:10 pm @ 600 N. 4th Street Lafayette)
  • Cary Home - Native savanna (2:35 pm @ 1530 S. 18th Street Lafayette)
  • Oakland High School - Rain garden, rain barrels, native savanna, tree plantings and edible garden (2:55 pm @ 611 S. 21st Street Lafayette)
  • Harrsion-Hillenbrand - Boiler Green Initiative rain garden (3:30 pm @ Hillenbrand Hall)

View the tour map!

Fall 2012 Green Tour

The Fall 2012 green tour occurred on Saturday, October 20th as a bus tour and walking tour. The bus tour included four stops from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m and participants learned about soils and geology throughout the county. The walking tour included six stops from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and participants learned about ways they can live more green.

Guided Bus Tour Stops:

  • Alcoa—Pervious pavement, rain gardens, bioswales (open to bus tour only)

  • Oscar Winski—E-waste recycling

  • Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District—Household hazardous waste recycling & disposal

  • West Lafayette Wastewater Treatment Utility—Biodigester

Guided Walking Tour Stops:

  • Lafayette Farmers’ Market—Local organic food & services

  • City of Lafayette—LEED Building

  • Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts—Recycled art and a Clear-Blue-Green Business

  • City Food Co-Op—Local organic food & co-operative

  • Virtuous Cycles—Rain barrels

  • North Street Neighborhood—Pervious pavement, rain gardens, bioswales, tree planters, and native vegetation

Spring 2011 Green Tour

The Spring 2011 event occurred on Saturday, May 7th and included stops highlighting backyard wildlife habitat, conservation practices, reuse of materials, and Clear-Blue-Green certified businesses. All tour stops were open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants were invited to visit the stops they wanted covering the materials of interest to them or join a bike tour which departed Tapawingo Park at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Tour Stops:

  • Tapawingo Park featuring Clear-Blue-Green certified businesses: Clearly Organized and Lafayette Savings Bank

  • Herb & Floral Garden and sampling at Jane’s Gourmet Deli

  • Green Art Exhibition at Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts

  • City of Lafayette LEED Building

  • West Lafayette Digester—food scraps, cooking oil/grease digestion and energy-generating system

  • Purdue Green Roof

  • Alternative Transportation—hybrids, CityBus, bicycles, solar vehicle, smart car, and more at the Armory parking lot

  • Purdue Solar Decathlon Home

  • Green Goose Homes/Henry Poor & Home Works Green Build

  • Back Yard Wildlife Habitat and Enhanced Tree-scape

  • Geothermal Residence—rain barrels, rain garden, cistern

Fall 2009 Green Tour

The Fall 2009 green tour occurred on November 21, 2009 as a bus tour. The tour included four stops from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Participants learned about soils and geology throughout the county as part of their tour.

Tour Stops:

  • Rain gardens at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse

  • Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat at a local residence

  • Geothermal heat, rain garden and rain barrels at a local residence

  • Agricultural practices including prairie restoration, wind breaks and shallow water restoration at a local farm