February 28, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Victoria Ranney will give the talk, "Prairie Crossing, a Conservation Community," Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Environmental Center and the Environmental Residential College at Bucknell.

Located northwest of Chicago, Ill., Prairie Crossing is a conservation community envisioned by George and Victoria Ranney. Designed to combine responsible development, the preservation of open land and easy commuting by rail, it is considered a national example of how to design communities to support a better way of life.

Sustainable innovations include a portion of energy from wind-turbine power, the Prairie Crossing Farm Market, an on-site charter school and homes that are 50 percent more energy-efficient than comparable homes in the Chicago area.

Prairie Crossing has received repeated coverage on National Public Radio and on numerous television stations including WTTW Public Television and CNN, as well as dozens of articles and editorials in periodicals such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, The Daily Herald, Landscape Architecture, and The National Geographic. The Prairie Crossing houses and native landscaping have been featured in Country Living, Midwest Living, and Better Homes and Garden's Perennials.

For more information see www.prairiecrossing.com/pc/site/about-us.html

Posted Feb. 28, 2007