About 450 people toured 723 Spring Street over June 9th and 10th as part of the second annual Mission Zero Fest in the Water Hill Neighborhood of Ann Arbor. 723 Spring Street is Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Home and was the third in the state of Michigan.
Mission Zero Fest was a huge success thanks to the many individuals and organizations that worked tirelessly over many months to expand the festival and link it to the annual Mayor’s Green Festival in Ann Arbor.
From the music including Vienna Teng to the incredible educational tent which included Henry Pollack and many other notable subject matter experts, the event was successful in drawing approximately 2,000 visitors to the 700 block of Fountain Street in Ann Arbor over the two day event.
Mission Zero Fest 2012 also included a local tour of zero-energy and near net-zero energy homes, re-skilling workshops, food vendors, kid’s activities and many other fun events. Ecology Center, Clean Energy Coalition, Ann Arbor 350, Recycle Ann Arbor and the League of Conservation Voters were just a few of the non-profit organizations that partnered to produce a great event.
Thanks also to the event sponsors – Ann Arbor State Bank, Meadowlark Builders and Architectural Resources, Fingerle Lumber, Ferguson and Kohler. And of course the event would never had happened without the many exhibitors whose support allowed for the event to be completely free this year … THANK YOU!
Last and certainly not least, I want to thank the team that guided and instructed the participants through the 723 Spring Street Tour. Pictured here are Sara Turcotte, Eric Phillips, Gong He, Linda Phillips and Scott Phillips. Taking the photo was Lauren Phillips who was also a tour docent. This team took a crash course in Solar PV Panels, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Insulated Concrete Forms and all of the other technology featured in the home!
Special thanks to Susan Christian (right) from Meadowlark Builders, seen here “crashing” on the futon in the third floor suite at 723 Spring Street. Most people will recognize Susan and Linda Phillips as the two faces of the house tour that guided groups through the basement, first, second and third levels of the home. THANK YOU Susan!!!!