William “Bill” White of Joplin, a Republican candidate for Missouri State Representative (129th District) and his wife, Dr. Ellen Nichols, are building a house, which upon completion will be the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified home in southwest Missouri. They have invited the public to an open house Thursday morning, July 22 at 10:30. The event will take place at the construction site of a house the couple is building just west of Joplin in northwest Newton County. Representatives from area suppliers have been invited to join design-builders Art and Vickie Boyt to explain some of the specialty products used in the construction.
The house will feature cost-effective energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy practices and, upon completion, will be the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified home in SW Missouri. In line with the green strategy, the project makes use of local contractors, suppliers, and materials. The Boyts are employing environmentally sensitive construction methods to reduce the home’s carbon footprint. These strategies include recycling construction materials to reduce landfill waste, minimizing site impact from clearing trees, and using indigenous plants for landscaping. This project exemplifies White's commitment to local efforts to move the nation toward energy independence and away from reliance on foreign, less-environmentally friendly sources of energy.
Construction on the new house had already commenced when White decided last year to enter the race for state representative. From the beginning of the campaign, White has stated that he and his wife were firmly committed to staying in the district. “One of the primary responsibilities of a state representative is to be connected with his constituents.” White commented. “Ellen and I have raised a family here as part of the Joplin community for 18 years, and I am looking forward to serving the people of the 129th District.”
When construction is completed, Jesse White, Bill’s son and an accountant in Joplin, is planning to take up residency there. Bill and Ellen will remain in their current residence in south Joplin where they have lived for the last 17 years.