Talk of the Times: ‘Green Buildings’ Tour today carries on Earth Day spirit

The formal observances of Earth Day were earlier this week, but the celebration continues today, just as environmental leaders hope its messages will continue throughout the year and beyond.

In connection with the launching of its new Web site,, focusing on “green building,” the Essex County Greenbelt organization is presenting a Green Buildings Tour today to give visitors a firsthand look at many of the buildings featured on their site.

Tours will be led by those most closely connected with each building, and will offer you the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about what these pioneers in green building have learned along the way.

For directions to these locations and more information, please visit

The tour sites open today are:

Home of John Livermore, High Popples Road, Gloucester, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sampling of green features: Larson Truss wall-framing system, solar hot water, R-76 insulation, rain barrels.

Latitude 43, Rogers Street, Gloucester, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sampling of green features: radiant heat floor, high- efficiency appliances, waterless urinals, dual-flush water-saving valves on toilets, use of salvaged materials and environmentally-friendly building materials.

Essex County Greenbelt, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, 1 to 2 p.m. Sampling of green features: solar panel array, high-efficiency HVAC, icynene insulation, rainwater recapture system, recycle and reused of materials.

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