energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

"Being green shouldn't be trendy — Sustainable building and living is common sense, not being hip to keep up with the Joneses"

-Lori Grannis,  Western Montana In Business Monthly, July 2007

"Urbanite"

The re-used broken pieces of concrete or asphalt from sidewalks, slabs or driveways. Can be used as 'Dry-Stack" for landscaping retaining walls. This functional re-use of materials reduces land-filling.

Dakota Greens

Dakota Greens Urbanite by Michael Coles

Originally an area of city property along a three-block section of Missoula’s Dakota Street, which was a derelict area of abandoned vehicles, weeds, and garbage.   Steve Loken rallied the surrounding community to convert this 50,000 square foot area into a common greenspace, which will front the new common urban housing project.

Dakota Greens Accomplishments:

  • Two-block street of abandoned asphalt has been removed to be recycled for future bike and walking trails
  • Over 60 community volunteers have helped revitalize the common space with new topsoil, sod, and trees
  • A Missoula City Neighborhood Grant is being used to purchase more native vegetation, including native trees, shrubs, and drought-tolerant grasses


Dakota Greens Boulevard Restoration Project

 

Dakota Greens 3 by Michael Coles

  • Ecological urban in-fill.
  • Restorative.
  • Medium Density housing
  • Use the current community infrastructure, emphasizing the central Missoula location
  • Demonstration of innovative building and community design for lower-energy consumption
  • Alternative and recycled building material choices
  • Demonstrate environmentally conscious community development without sacrificing comfort, creative, or diversity
  • Create an infill housing project using sustainable design principles on a centrally-located Missoula project

 

The urban restoration and greening project known as 'Dakota Greens' situated on Dakota street in Missoula (MT) demonstrates how a neighborhood group can transform and improve the function and sustainability of urbanized landscapes. Details of the project appeared in "Distinctly Montana" (Summer 2009 vol 8 Issue 1) in an article entitled "Higher Consciousness Landscaping. New ideas for town and home" written by Steve Loken. Dakota Greens is also featured in an article by Stefanie Kilts called "Boulevard of Dreams". - Missoulian

 

An urban cooperative living demonstration Project focusing on community and smart growth

Goals:

  • Unique cooperative housing demonstration project
  • Focused on sustainable site design, energy efficiency, affordability, and durability of housing materials for cooperatively owned, medium density urban housing.
  • Project will feature green common spaces


Demonstration live-work spaces on Dakota Street in Central Missoula, offering affordable housing and sustainable, attractive homes.

Click on the links below to read some recent articles about the Dakota Greens Project

Local builder, Volunteers Revive Abandoned Boulevard - NewWest.net, June 2008

Steve Loken: Boulevard of Dreams by Stefanie Kilts