Planet Clark was founded to create jobs by giving the public easily accessible information and local resources to help them save energy, build and remodel healthy, sustainable homes, and soften the impact on our environment and the community.
In that spirit, the Planet Clark demonstration trailer was conceived, outfitted and officially launched in 2011. It was made possible through the generous contributions of expertise, equipment and materials from more than 20 local contractors and private businesses, including Parr Lumber. Clark Public Utilities and the Energy Trust later provided financial contributions to keep it rolling with enhanced exhibits and more resources.
In 2013, Planet Clark’s demonstration trailer made 14 stops at various venues, including home shows, the Clark County Fair, and elementary schools. Trained staffers engaged almost 3,300 visitors in discussions about building safety, energy efficiency, green building and remodeling, indoor air quality, recycling, stormwater management, sustainable living, water conservation, weed management, and more.
The most recent addition to the Planet Clark Trailer is the 2019 Home Hero Reveal at the Recycled Arts Fair in downtown Vancouver! The Clark County Superheros will test your knowledge and show you how to prevent disasters from happening. Visit the trailer at an upcoming event and learn how to build it right, obtain a permit to protect you and your family, and making smart energy choices for home health and the environment. Learn about upcoming events here.
The trailer has hands-on exhibits, full-size equipment and a plethora of resources.
The first generation Planet Clark Trailer was interactive and demonstrated the latest technologies:
- Gary’s VacuFlo central vacuum system and Hide-A-Hose
- Blackhawk LED Lights energy efficient lighting panels
- Daikin ductless heat pump
- PowerSave’s EnviR home energy monitor
- Building safety and smart construction
- Sustainable building materials wall
- Kitchen counter and cabinets
- Smartwater heat pump water heater
- Lighting comparison lab with a watt meter
- Power generation game
- Solar electric (photovoltaic) panel
- Permeable pavers for clean water filtration
- Clark County Clean Water stormwater pollution prevention
- Waste Connections mix and match recycling game
- Green Neighbors Connect and learn how to live green in your neighborhood
Not just for adults, the Planet Clark trailer is also a great place for kids to see, play and learn about the environment inside and outside our homes. From the “where does your stormwater go?” and energy efficient lights comparison interactive exhibits, to our Win-A-Duck game, which accompanies the trailer to many events, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.