Green Design

Simple Christmas Gifts - Recycled Tie Wallets from Narwhal Co.

Wallet  You have to check this site out!

The Narwhal Co. has some VERY cool wallets made out of recycled ties.  Lots of different styles and different patterns.  For a last minute holiday gift for those hard to buy for people, this just might be the right gift.

I know I'd love to get one of these under the tree! (hint, hint)  : )

Check out all the wallets at Narwhal Co. for a simple gift for that "life simple" person in your life.

Simply,

Tim


SLO Green Build has a New Home

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Contact: Lana Adams
Administrator, SLO Green Build
admin@slogreenbuild.org, (805) 286-0072

SLO Green Build has a New Home

San Luis Obispo, CA - November 2009. Now in its fifth year of operation, the local, non-profit SLO Green Build has office space that they can call home. In the past, its volunteers and one paid employee have utilized any place they could get their hands on – from coffee shops and restaurants to meeting room space donated by local businesses. All that changes this month; SLO Green Build now occupies space on South Higuera in San Luis Obispo, in the RRM Design Group offices. This new location will provide volunteers and interns a go-to spot for meetings or work.

“This new physical presence in the community is a big step for our organization,” explained Lana Adams, SLO Green Build Administrator. “Our goal is to work from this space for at least a year. Having a physical location will make our volunteers’ lives easier when planning meetings, and also gives us the much-needed opportunity to bring interns in to help on projects.”

The space includes an “L” shaped pod that accommodates four people, as well as the use of conference rooms, a training room, kitchen, outdoor patio, and shared parking spaces.

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More about SLO Green Build:

Formed in 2004 by a small group of professionals from the design and construction industries, community planners, environmental and social services advocates, and concerned residents, SLOGB focuses on the issues of sustainable development and “growing” green building on the Central Coast. SLOGB encourages the use of the most sustainable development methods and greenest building materials possible. www.SLOGreenBuild.org

Submitted for SLO Green Build by:
Beth Fillerup, SLOGB volunteer
FILLERUP marketing communications
(805) 748-2135
 www.get-the-word-out.blogspot.com
 
twitter @getthewordout


SunPower Joins SLO Green Build

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Contacts: 
 Lana Adams
 Administrator, SLO Green Build
 (805) 286-0072, admin@slogreenbuild.org

Steve Sutton
Project Development Liaison, California Valley Solar Ranch
(619) 917-2184, sutton.cvsr@gmail.com 

SunPower Joins SLO Green Build

San Luis Obispo, CA – November  2009. SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) recently exhibited its commitment to our local community by joining SLO Green Build as a Redwood Member, the non-profit’s highest level of membership. SunPower designs, manufactures, delivers, and monitors high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial, and utility customers.

SunPower shares SLO Green Build’s belief that San Luis Obispo County is one of the most precious places on earth and shares its commitment to using the most sustainable development methods and greenest building materials possible. As a new corporate citizen of the County, SunPower is honored to join and participate in the organization’s tradition of grass-roots involvement and volunteerism among its membership and the community. The company’s membership in SLO Green Build is an acknowledgement and endorsement of the organization’s vision that “in a sustainable future, every building is a green building.”

SunPower is a major manufacturer and distributer of high energy solar electric modules for roof top and utility scale energy systems.  It is also the developer of the California Valley Solar Ranch.

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For more information about SunPower: http://us.sunpowercorp.com
For more information about SLO Green Build: www.slogreenbuild.org

Submitted for SLO Green Build by:

Beth Fillerup, SLOGB volunteer
FILLERUP marketing communications
(805) 748-2135
www.get-the-word-out.blogspot.com
twitter @getthewordout


Morro Bay Residents Invited to a Graywater Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Jessica Steely

Board Member & Event Coordinator, SLO Green Build

Production Coordinator, Semmes and Company

jessicas@semmesco.com, (805) 466-6737 x203

 

Morro Bay Residents Invited to a Graywater Workshop

Learn the ins, outs, and how-tos of graywater systems

 

Morro Bay, CA – November 4, 2009. On Tuesday, November 10th from 5pm – 8pm at the Morro Bay Vets Hall, the City of Morro Bay is hosting a SLO Green Build Graywater Workshop for Morro Bay residents interested in water conservation. The Workshop will utilize the San Luis Obispo Guide to the Use of Graywater to educate attendees on the benefits, costs, and requirements to install their own safe and legal graywater system. Morro Bay’s Chief Building Inspector, Dan Doris, will lead the Workshop.

 

A $5 donation at the door is suggested for attendance, but is not required; light refreshments will be served; and an RSVP is not needed. Usually $10, a printed Graywater Guide will be available for only $5 to the first 30 buyers.

 

The Workshop will cover:

  • How to calculate graywater discharge, landscape, and surface area requirements
  • Plumbing techniques, materials, and discharge options
  • Do’s and Don’t of graywater systems
  • Maintenance programs
  • Comparative costs, complexities, and environmental footprints of various graywater systems

 Local contractors and vendors will be on location to provide additional information. Attendees require no prior knowledge.

 

To download the Graywater Guide prior to the workshop, go to:

http://slogreenbuild.org/cm/resources/library/green_papers.html

 

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More About SLO Green Build: www.SLOGreenBuild.org

More About City of Morro Bay: www.morro-bay.ca.us


Turn Graywater Into Reusable Water - Graywater Guide

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Contact: Lana Adams
Administrator, SLO Green Build
admin@slogreenbuild.org, (805) 286-0072
 
Turn Graywater Into Reusable Water
Learn How with SLOCOAT’s Graywater Guide & Workshops
 
San Luis Obispo, CA – October 16, 2009. The San Luis Obispo Coalition of Appropriate Technology (SLOCOAT) has completed The San Luis Obispo Guide to the Use of Graywater, which provides easy to follow steps to develop a safe graywater system at home. The Guide is available for free download at www.slogreenbuild.org or hard-copy purchase for $10.
 
“The Graywater Guide is an easy-to-follow, straight-forward tool that has the potential to make a large impact on reducing our County's water consumption,” explained contributing author and SLOCOAT member, Ken Haggard. “As people in the community begin to use the guide to create their own graywater systems, they will see just how easy it is; especially since the permitting process for graywater systems is being simplified and the state is proposing no permits for simple graywater applications.”
 
SLOCOAT recently provided a free luncheon to SLO County’s municipal departments to educate them on the Guide and its application in their community, and is now offering a “Graywater, a Resource to be Reused” workshop for municipalities to educate their local residents. Details to be announced.
 
The Graywater Guide teaches the steps and materials needed to construct a graywater system that will comply with the latest plumbing codes, won’t require any permits, and won’t become a health risk. It also includes useful tips, such as a list of plants that typically love graywater and detergents and cleaners that are appropriate for graywater systems.
 
To download the Graywater Guide go to:
http://slogreenbuild.org/cm/resources/library/green_papers.html
 
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More About San Luis Obispo Coalition of Appropriate Technology:
http://slogreenbuild.org/cm/about_green_build/appropriate_technology.html

Hayward Lumber Becomes First SLO Green Build Redwood Member

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Contact:
Lana Adams
Administrator, SLO Green Build
(805) 286-0072
admin@slogreenbuild.org
 
Paul Rodriguez
Regional Manager, Hayward Lumber
(805) 543-0825
prodriguez@haywardlumber.com
 
Hayward Lumber Becomes First SLO Green Build Redwood Member

San Luis Obispo – Dedicated to leading the journey in environmental stewardship, Hayward Lumber is doing just that by becoming the first SLO Green Build Redwood Member, the highest level of membership the non-profit offers.

At this level of membership, Hayward Lumber – who is committed to sustainable growth and helping its customers make smart decisions in their building materials – is helping SLO Green Build move their vision of “every building a green building” closer to fruition.

“SLO Green Build is the perfect organization for us to further our journey of environmental stewardship,” explained Paul Rodriquez, Regional Manager for Hayward Lumber. “We are proud to be SLO Green Build’s first Redwood Member and I am personally looking forward to being a part of the organization that will make green building the way everyone builds in the future on the central coast.”
Nationally recognized for bringing green building materials to the markets they serve, Hayward Lumber is use to being first in a lot that they do – from becoming the first lumberyard in the nation to stock Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lumber in 1999, and building the first Gold LEED certified truss manufacturing plant in the United States in 2003. 
 
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More about Hayward Lumber:
http://www.haywardlumber.com/
More about SLO Green Build:
http://www.slogreenbuild.org/cm/Home.html

One Million Acts Of Green - Cisco

Whatis Here's a big company with a simple idea.  Everyone perform an Act Of Green.  If a million people do it, it adds up to a significant amount of change.

You know I'm a BIG fan of everyone doing something rather than just a few carrying the load for the many.  Twitter For Food is another example of this.  If we all join in and even do a little, big things can happen.

Check out Cisco's One Million Acts of Green here.

Simply,

Tim


SLO Green Build Helps Residents Live Green with the Green Retrofit Sweepstakes

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Contact: Lana Adams
SLO Green Build
(805) 286-0072
admin@slogreenbuild.org www.slogreenbuild.org
 
SLO Green Build Helps Residents Live Green with the Green Retrofit Sweepstakes
 
San Luis Obispo- Living the American dream of owning a home is expensive. But your utility bills don’t need to be.  SLO Green Build invites residents of older homes in San Luis Obispo County to participate in its first ever Green Retrofit Sweepstakes sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The sweepstakes entry deadline is June 15, 2009.
Fill out a free application at www.slogreenbuild.org to win $850 in services from SLO Green Build professionals and $500 on energy- and water-efficient improvements for your home.
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping residents save energy, save the Earth, and save their wallets to help further its vision of making every building a green building. By filling out this ten-question application, residents can win a lifetime of savings on utility bills.
Eight residents will win, one from each incorporated city in San Luis Obispo County and one from the unincorporated area of the county.
SLO Green Build’s Green Retrofit Sweepstakes is open to all homes in San Luis Obispo County that meet the following criteria:
1. The home must be a free-standing single-structure.
2. The home must have been constructed prior to 1990.
3. The home must have utility bills that exceed any one of the following:
a. Average PG&E bill of $200 per month
b. Average gas (natural gas or propane) bill of $100 per month
c. Average water bill of $100 per month
4. The home’s owner and/or tenant must have an interest in improving the home’s energy efficiency.
5. Tenants must have the building owner’s permission to implement home improvements.
 
Information on utility savings for each winner will be used in case studies and educational materials shared with the general public, building professionals, and local governments for the purpose of promoting green building on the Central Coast.
 
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About SLO Green Build
SLO Green Build is a local non-profit committed to encouraging the use of the most sustainable development methods and greenest building materials possible. Formed in 2004, this grass-roots group of professionals from the design and construction industries shares a vision: “Every building a green building.” SLO Green Build promotes sustainable building techniques that minimize construction waste, build healthier indoor environments and reduce energy use while conserving natural resources; provides architects, engineers, contractors, developers and other building professionals with the proper tools to build sustainable projects; and supports and helps develop public policy which advocates for sustainable architectural, social and building practices.