Our PBS Natural Heroes TV episode Native American Green is now airing on stations across the country. You can tune in locally or stream the program below. Produced by Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative with Adventure Pictures, the show tells the story of a remarkable transformation in green architecture on Native American lands. A new generation of tribal leaders, architects and planners is creating sustainable buildings that restore traditions, and revitalize native communities. Native American Green features five of these innovative projects:
PENOBSCOT LEED HOMES, Penobscot Indian Nation, Indian Island, Maine – The Penobscot Indian Nation Housing Authority, working with WBRC Architects and tribal community members built 12 LEED Gold single-family homes and helped bring young families back to Indian Island, reuniting them with a strong cultural and traditional heritage.
OWE’NEHBUPINGEH REHABILITATION PROJECT, Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico – Owe’neh Bupingeh, the traditional name for the Ohkay Owingeh village center, has been occupied for at least 700 years. Sixty of the homes remain and are being restored with tribal members, earthen building constructors and the team at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.
TEEKALET VILLAGE, Port Gamble S’Kallalem Nation, Port Gamble Bay, Washington – The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal (PGST) Housing Authority worked with Tormod Hellwig Architects and tribal member builder J.M. Grinnell to design and build Teekalet Village comprising houses, a community center, and walking trails adjacent to tribal salmon fishing grounds on the Puget Sound.
GOOD EARTH LODGES, Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe, Crow Indian Reservation, Montana – The Crow Tribe partnered with UC Boulder and Pyatt Studio Architecture to design and build prototype compressed earth block homes. The project asked: if raw materials could be sourced on tribal land, if the blocks could withstand the local climate, and if a tribal workforce could build the homes.
PLACE OF HIDDEN WATERS, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma, Washington – The Place of Hidden Waters was designed by SNCC Senior Design Associate Daniel Glenn of 7 Directions Architects and features two ‘longhouse’ residential clusters, a community building, and the restoration of a wildlife corridor. This culturally and environmentally responsive design was awarded the 2012 LEED for Homes Project of the Year.