Explore the interactive renewable energy exhibits, discover the secrets of the solar panels, experience the full power of the sun as it melts metal, and meet our pet fire breathing dragon!
Get under the hood of the coolest sustainable cars, like a wood powered truck, compressed air powered car, or the first mass produced electric car.
Experience various green construction methods — such as Strawbale, Cordwood, Earthship, SIP — and natural ways to keep your home warm or cool.
Greenspark project, as you see it now, is a culmination of five years of research and planning. Over that period we have looked at hundreds of properties, built a number of complicated spreadsheets, received great advice from countless people, and documented the best exhibit ideas. Now, finally, we are ready to make it happen. An idea to create a place for people to experience all aspects of sustainable living is rapidly becoming a reality. During the summer of 2015, we found a property that satisfied all our requirements and in March 2016 we bought it. We engaged a local engineering company to help us with a site plan and with the permits. With their help, we received the necessary permits, so at this point Greenspark is ready to get built. We will update this page with our progress.
We purchased land and received the zoning permit. We built a 20 lot parking space.
All exhibits have been designed and many have been purchased, and are ready to be assembled.
We have already built Cordwood and Straw Bale exhibits. Currently we are now scheduling Earthship, Papercrete and EarthBag exhibits with the expert builders.
We have already purchased the solar-human trike called ELF and a first modern mass produced electric car, called CitiCar, and a biodiesel demo setup.
Support GreenSpark's mission to inspire local and global communities to adapt current green technologies through interactive hands-on experiences.
There is a new exhibit at GreenSpark: a flywheel bicycle with regenerative braking. When braking, this bike reclaims and stores the energy of forward momentum into the spinning flywheel, to help make it easier to accelerate after a stop. This design uses a NuVinci Continuously Variable Transmission to direct the power to / from the Read more about Flywheel Bicycle exhibit at GreenSpark[…]
We are happy to announce that we procured a new exhibit for our Sustainable Garage exhibit. Please meet America’s first mass produced electric car, called Citicar. It was manufactured in the 1980 in Florida by the company called Sebring-Vanguard. An estimated 4100 vehicles were made between 1975 and 1981. Until surpassed by Nissan Leaf and Read more about Please meet our Citicar EV[…]
In the middle of September we’ve added a second exhibit to the Green Building section. This exhibit features strawbale as a building technique. Straw bales can be used as in-fill for the timber frame, or even on certain occasions as a weight bearing wall. In our case, for demonstration purposes only, we made this sample Read more about Straw Bale building exhibit at GreenSpark[…]
Earlier this summer we’ve added a first exhibit to the Green Building section. Welcome cordwood, a building method that takes advantage of any available wood pieces, as long as they are all the same length. In our case, for demonstration purposes only, we made this wall 8″ thick. In case of a real house, it Read more about Addition to the Green Building section: Cordwood[…]