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  • 15 Jan 2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Photo credit: ABC7

    This week I wat­ched the movie An Inconvenient Sequel. It was a grim reminder of the vast effects of climate change on our planet based on the comparisons and predictions of An Inconvenient Truth, released 10 years ago. Observing Al Gore knee deep in high-tide water on a highway in Florida, I remembered to check in with Kori, our CCGBC Communications Coordinator in Santa Barbara, “Everyone has been affected in some way,” she states in regards to the mudslide tragedies.  We brainstormed about what actions could have been taken to avoid so much devastation. Solutions such as years of pro-active land terracing and deep-root-planting to more efficient and timely evacuations felt far beyond reach considering the current situation.

    The bigger picture is that, this is the time we are living on this planet, it’s our time to do what is within our power. We know that Mother Nature is fairly furious with the generations of actions against her and that she is rightfully revolting now. The past year in California alone has been one of the most extreme weather and natural disaster years of all. Beginning with the burning of Big Sur, to the mudslides there, the massive snowfall in the mountains last winter,  record highs and lows, the fires – oh dear, the fires! Now, post-fires, thousands suffer from more mudslides… it is clear that we are not currently equipped to handle such violent acts of nature, but we must educate ourselves the best we can, and adapt the best we can, to move forward the best we can.

    Here at the CCGBC we have been sent resources, and have been doing our own research in regards to both natural disaster safety and regenerative building that we have compiled here for you to quickly access. Typically, our resources are for reserved for members, but this information should reach as many people as possible. As we take on another year full of climate change obstacles, we all need to be informed about how to prepare, repair, and take care of one another in the process.

    While we cannot be ready for every disaster that strikes, if someone is in a position where they have lost their home to one of the recent natural disasters, they now have the opportunity to rebuild in ways that can protect them in the future while also building regeneratively, reducing their carbon footprint.

    For example, while many wood-frame houses burned in the year’s fires, the strawbale homes fared well when they came face to face with the fire. You can read an article about the survival stories of several straw bale homes in the area to find out what gives them such a force field.  

    A group to pay attention to is the Ventura Food Co-Op  who are have already had one large charity event to raise funds and support for the Thomas Fire Victims. They will be hosting more events with a focus around planning how people can rebuild regenerativly. Keep an eye out;  we will also be sharing and contributing to the efforts in conjunction with the Co-Op.  

    Click HERE for resources that can help you be proactive, and guide you to your recovery and rebuilding efforts.

    Here are also some upcoming events that anyone is welcome to attend to connect with the community :

      January 18th : Community Lecture - "Impacts & Management after the Thomas Fire"

    Thursday, January 18 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

    Poinsettia Pavilion

    3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, California 93003

     January 31st: Fire Ecology Presentation with George Wuerthner

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:00 pm

    The Krotona Institute Auditorium

    2 Krotona St, Ojai, CA 93023

    February 17th : After the Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient 

    Saturday, February 17 at 10 AM - 3 PM

    Meet at AT&T Parking Lot
    180 N Blanche St
    Ojai, CA 93023

    We hope that you find these resources useful and that you share them with others in your community.  We will add to this page of resources for upcoming months, so feel free to send us anything helpful!

    - Your CCGBC 

    Written by: Brianna Ruland  \\ Edited by: Kori Nielsen

    CCGBC Communications Coordinators \\ contact at: admin@ccgreenbuilding.org

  • 15 Jan 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Following CCGBC's News Blog: 

    "Recalculating" After the Disasters

    Fire Safety, Preparedness, Resources:

    • City of Ventura Re-building
    • Ready, Set, Go! 
    • Thomas Fire: The Best Ways to Help
    • Santa Barbara Food Bank
    •    Wildfire Preparedness
    •  Southern California Wildfire (Disaster) Relief 
    • A controversial conversation in regards to rebuilding

    Landslide Safety, Preparedness, Resources:

    •  Landslide Hazards Program 
    • Resilient Design – Landslides
    • Landslides & Debris Preparedness

    Regenerative & Proactive Building:

    • Fire-Resistive Straw Bale Walls: 
    • Strawbale Building Supporting Documentation
    • Free Download of the 2015 IRC Strawbale Code with Commentary from the CASBA website:
    • Straw Bale Fire Test Video  
    • Straw Bale Testing (fire tests and many others)
    • Rebuilding for the future article

    We are welcome to adding any other suggestions you have ! Please email your resource to admin@ccgreenbuilding.org

    Thank you!

  • 01 Jan 2018 8:17 AM | Anonymous

    It has been an active and eventful year for the BuildSMART (Sustainable Materials And Resource Trailer)! Your favorite environmental education classroom-on-wheels made its way up and down the south coast of California, visiting places such as Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, inspiring over 1,000 people to build green!

    Since its return from Los Angeles in March, the BuildSMART has attended several Earth Day events, celebrated at the Ventura 4th of July festival, entertained hundreds of kids during Storyfest, and even had lunch with employees at Patagonia. The trailer has inspired students, children, home owners, contractors, and the public at large.

    Teaching the public about sustainability is not always an easy topic. Sometimes green building is described as an unnecessary expense, but as attendees explore the trailer, ask questions about how to implement various building elements, and weigh the potential benefits, sustainability becomes a tangible way to help lower operating costs, reduce environmental impact, and improve the health and wellness of people in the building.

    Programmable thermostats, recycled glass countertops, blue jean insulation, and waste heat recovery strategies were the primary topics of conversation this year. Attendees were very interested to hear about the creative ways that they could help reduce their utility bill while creating a more efficient home. When asking the kids at Storyfest what their favorite part of the trailer was, they unanimously pointed and smiled at the dual-flush toilet!

    The City of Ventura has graciously housed the trailer this past year and will continue to bring the trailer out to networking and public events throughout the city. Educating the public about building sustainability is one of Ventura’s primary goals for 2018 and years to come. As we inspire the next generation of green builders, we are always looking for new avenues and audiences to share the trailer with.

    If you or someone you know would like to see the BuildSMART at an event in 2018, please reach out to admin@ccgreenbuilding.org.

  • 29 Nov 2017 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    This year, the 2017 Green Awards was held at the Sandbox where we highlighted innovative design, construction, products, businesses, schools, governments, and educational programs within the tri-county community. Thank you to everyone that participated and attended!

    Food was catered by Whole Foods, and we implemented zero waste strategies for the event.

    SB Winery and M Special donated the drinks for the night!

    Environmental professionals from all along the Central Coast came together to enjoy the evening and to celebrate each other's work.

    Boards were created to display the award winning projects of the night.

    The Central Coast Green Building Council's past president, Candice Wong (right) with some enthusiastic members of  the Ten Over Studio team.

    The Central Coast Green Building Council's President, Matt Ottoson.

    "Just build it sustainably. Triple bottom line guys, it's not that hard. "  

    - CCGBC

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous


    As a regional advocate for sustainable design and construction, we facilitate collaboration as a unified voice for the tri-county Central California Coast region, to preserve and improve the unique quality of life, where every new or renovated building enhances the health and well-being of our built and natural environments.


    The Central Coast Green Building Council is continuing the transformation of the Central Coast into a sustainable community, economy, and environment through education and advocacy of green building design, construction, and operational excellence.


    We value enhancement of the built environment through comprehensive and efficient design solutions.

    We seek to create a more equitable distribution of the triple bottom line (social, economic, and environmental).

    We believe in protection and stewardship of the natural environment, acknowledging its relationship with the built environment.

    We aim to create a collaborative, regional network of building professionals and trade groups who are committed to green design practices.

    We inspire action and advocacy of green building solutions by the public at the local and regional level through education and outreach.

    We support becoming a model community for cutting-edge, regenerative design solutions.

    We celebrate innovations and successes of organizations and businesses implementing green building designs and programs.

    We pursue mutual collaboration with other organizations and businesses committed to our common values.

  • 04 Oct 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Oceano Elementary School celebrated its 5th annual Green Apple Day of Service, and has set the standard for sustainable behaviors in San Luis Obispo County.  Oceano's vaunted recycling, composting and active transportation program were on full display September 22nd.  

    Weeks earlier Green Apple Day started with a kickoff performance by Mr. Eco.  Mr. Eco hit on Oceano's core of values with "Turn Off the lights", "Recycle Robot" and "Straw Wars" song and dance routines.  Students were enthralled by Mr. Eco's message of hope and action.  The school in turn responded with a poster contest emphasizing this year's theme, "Help Your Community, Help the Planet".  Students generated many ideas as to how they could make their community better.  Their ideas included buying organic, picking up litter, walking to school, planting a garden and not buying single use plastic water bottles.  

    On Green Apple Day, the students of Oceano put their ideas on full display.  The day started with a massive "alternative transportation" effort sponsored by SLOCOG's Safe Routes Program.  A transportation survey done by the teachers found that nearly 50% of the students walked to school while 15% rode their bikes on Green Apple Day.  The national average for walking and biking to school is only 13%, so Oceano was able to lower its carbon footprint while making its community safer with less motor vehicles circulating through the neighborhood.


    Oceano has saved the Lucia Mar Unified School District thousands of dollars over the years with its student led recycling program.  At lunch, in typical Oceano style, students had a reduced waste meal to go with their Green Apples.  Students, per usual, separated their leftover fruits and vegetables to take to their enormous 10 worm bin composting containers.  Later that day, students cleaned the school of litter, collected the recycling from the classrooms and put both into the appropriate containers.  Oceano's motto of "A clean campus is a happy campus" was on full display for Green Apple Day.

    Oceano was able to bring its composting efforts into a full circle.  Oceano students planted the only "Vertical Garden" on the Central Coast.  The fruits and vegetables collected and composted through the lunch program were then used to plant more vegetables on one of the many cyclone fences here on campus.  The unique design of the vertical garden uses 2 liter plastic bottles to house vegetables such as lettuce and kale.  These vegetables will later be eaten as part of the Harvest of the Month and nutrition program initiated in the classroom.

    Oceano's Green Apple Day of Service was a resounding success.  Once again, Oceano has set the standard for sustainability on the Central Coast. 

  • 18 Sep 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    Photo by Camas Frank

    On August 30th, InBalance Green Consulting hosted a Caltrans LEED celebration tour for the California Department of Transportation Office which was awarded LEED Gold certification. This building was originally built in the 1960's and was first used for storage, and then more recently was used as a small viticulture processing plant before it was renovated into the new Caltrans offices. 83% of the existing building was reused for the project, and based on modeling and analysis, the building is expected to use 31% less energy compared to similar buildings.

    Photo by Slotography

    During the event, LEED Gold certification strategies were discussed including building materials and reuse, energy efficient design, low impact development for stormwater management, and reduced indoor and outdoor water use. These were just some of the sustainable construction strategies that exceeded the owner's requirement to originally attain Silver (InBalance 2017).

    It was a great event, and we would like to thank the builders, architects, Caltrans employees, and others who came!

    Read the published press release here:  http://www.tolosapressnews.com/midway-on-higuera/

  • 04 May 2017 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    AUSD Announces Monterey Road Elementary School Green Ribbon Award 

    Julie Ann Davis, Principal, Monterey Road Elementary

    We are excited to announce that Monterey Road Elementary School in Atascadero Unified School District, has been awarded Silver Recognition for the California Green Schools Award for a second year in a row! Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three “pillars.”

    Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs; Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and Pillar III: provide effective environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills, and green career pathways.

    Monterey Road began this journey in June 2015 when they partnered with Cuesta Community College Sustainability Resource Center. Teachers attended professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards and designed sustainability units to be implemented across grade levels.

    Victoria Carranza from One Cool Earth talking about how the students can help reduce waste on their campus.

    In addition, Monterey Road partnered with One Cool Earth, a nonprofit organization, in an effort to increase recycling. In January 2016 and 2017, One Cool Earth conducted a Waste Audit with the students and staff at Monterey Road where a complete days’ worth of waste was sorted and weighed. During the audit, students and staff learned how they could sort and recycle waste on campus daily. Upon completion of the audit, the students and staff made a commitment to increase recycling efforts and waste reduction. Soon a Green Team made up of student volunteers, was formed.

    The Green Team runs the compost stations at lunch where waste is either recycled or treated and transformed into compost to use in the school garden. In addition, the garden has been transformed to an outdoor classroom where students learn responsibility through planting and harvesting annual crops.

    Sorting the waste, it's a dirty job, but these kids know how to do it!

    Finally, the school’s Garden Committee, which consists of students, staff, and parents, is participating in a Turf Replacement Project, where turf is being removed and replaced with native drought resistant plants as well as a Food Forrest that has been designed by the students.

    The vision of the School Board and the commitment of the community, through the Facilities Bond, has led to high performing classroom environments that are energy efficient and wonderful spaces for student learning.

    After all the hard work, the results are both stunning & fruitful. 

    Monterey Road Elementary School is very proud of this award and wants to thank everyone who has supported them with Sustainability Projects this year! It has been an amazing learning experience for the students and staff and the school looks forward to continuing to expand this program in the years to come! 

    Media inquiries may contact:

    Julie Ann Davis, Principal, Monterey Road Elementary School, 805-462-4270 or District Superintendent, Tom Butler, 805-462-4217. 

    To see the Monterey Road Elementary Statistics infographic Click the image below

  • 01 May 2017 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    Oceano Elementary is the First Awarded School in the Country

    The League of American Bicyclists recognized Oceano Elementary with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, making them the first Gold Level K-12 in the country! There are 2 Silver-level high schools, one silver-level elementary and 1 Silver-level public school district.

    With the announcement of 59 new and renewing BFBs today, Oceano Elementary joins a cutting-edge group of 1,315 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace.

    “The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role

    in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live

    and work,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America

    program. “We applaud this new round of businesses, including Oceano

    Elementary, for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America

    for everyone.”

    Oceano Elementary is extremely proud of the bicycle community they have created. The school has the leading bike program in San Luis Obispo County. Here are a list of some of the activities that the school provides to our students and community:
    •       Monthly Bike to School Days (incentive prizes given to participating students.)
    •      After school bike club - called the Bike Posse. We ride twice a month after school (7 miles total) to get ice cream.
    •       Bike cleaning and maintenance opportunities both before and after school (the school provides tools, tubes, parts, cleaning supplies and help for students to fix and clean their bikes.)
    •       Free bikes given to students who cannot afford bikes through donations from the local "Honor Farm" (correctional facility), and community members.
    •        Students who do not have bikes can participate in cycling activities with 20 loaner bikes available at the school.
    •        Bike safety instruction at least once a month.

    To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online.

    Bike Posse Parking on Campus

    Bike Posse Parking on campus

    About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

    To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

    The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.


    Oceano Elementary has many other achievements as well! 

    Oceano Elementary also has many other notable achievements. Since 2015, they have been making improvements to their school and earned a $500 grant from PG&E through CCGBC’s Gateway to Green Schools Program.  

    Click here to see a statistical display of Oceano's achievements at large! 

  • 07 Nov 2016 7:34 AM | Anonymous

    CCGBC Potting Bench Raffle


    • 100% of Proceeds go towards Gateway to Green Schools Program
    • $5 for (1) raffle ticket or $20 for (5) tickets
    • Drawing will be held on December 16, 2016
    • Perfect Holiday Addition for Your Garden
    • 4’ Potting Table with Live Edge
    • Value Price $425


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