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  • 21 Oct 2013 11:23 AM | Anonymous
    This month Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will ask the Fire Marshal and the Building Standards Commission to review California'a flammability standards for insulation materials. Authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D- Berkeley, the law will have officials considering whether flame retardants are necessary for fire safety. This law comes in light of studies showing that some of the most commonly used compounds in insulation have dangerous or unknown effects. With the chemical industry pouring millions of dollars into state legislature, Skinner says banning chemicals outright will be a tough sell. "It was more important to at least have the ability for building professionals and consumers to be able to get foam without chemicals than to ban" the chemicals, she said. "Because with the standard right now, we don't have the option to get it or use it without chemicals." The law, known as AB127, targets chemical flame retardant chemicals like HBCD, which can disrupt human hormones and harm the developing nervous system, and TCPP, which is considered potential carcinogen. With support from the USGBC, San Francisco firefighters, and the National Resources Defense Council decades-old flammability standards are finally being reversed.
    To read more on this story: Visit SFGate
  • 10 Oct 2013 9:30 AM | Anonymous


    Join us October 30th for a class on the updated Title 24 codes and standards. The topics being covered include building envelope, lighting and mechanical requirements that affect building design for new construction projects using the 2013 standards. This great educational opportunity is sponsored by the Southern California Edison Energy Education Center in Tulare, CA and you don't want to miss it!
    Event Details:
    Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Where: Southern California Edison Ventura Service Center
    10060 Telegraph Road
    Ventura, CA 93004
    Cost: FREE (4 AIA/HSW Learning Units)

    TO REGISTER: Call 559-625-7126 or 800-772-4822 or visit www.sce.com/workshops
  • 09 Oct 2013 11:18 AM | Anonymous



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               CONTACT:  

    October 9, 2013                                     Trevor Keith, Energy Program Coordinator

                                                                     tkeith@co.slo.ca.us

           805-781-1431


     “The Energy Event” Highlights Energy Education, Sets the Stage for Future Energy Champions

     

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Last Saturday was a busy day in San Luis Obispo County. With so many community events and activities taking place, organizers were unsure how big a crowd to expect at Cuesta College for the second annual “Energy Event”. The turnout was both encouraging and an indication of things to come. Event organizers including the San Luis Obispo Regional Energy Alliance are considering the high attendance an indication that the community values energy education and wants to see more of it.

    “The Energy Event” is the highlight of San Luis Obispo County’s month long observance of National Energy Awareness Month. This year’s activities focused on kids and families, and partnered with Cuesta College’s new Sustainability Resource Center and local elementary school teachers to showcase student projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Participating schools and teachers included Heidi Cooper and Kristina Holterman with Carissa Plains Elementary, Joe Kirschner with Templeton Elementary, Jeff Morgan with with Sinsheimer Elementary, Jodi Rorden with Hawthorne Elementary, Valerie Breese with CL Smith Elementary, Kimberly Kelly with Bishop’s Peak Elementary, Valerie Hinrichs with Santa Margarita Elementary, Tanya Avery with Cappy Culver Elementary, and Katherine Kirby with Monarch Grove Elementary.

    The day started off with the inaugural 5K Energy Run and kids’ fun dashes sponsored by Running Divas. Swarnjit Boyal and Mollee Huisinga were the top male and female finishers, respectively.

    Another first, the inaugural Energy Champion Awards were announced with help from Mr. Eco, environmental rap superhero. Recipients were Jim Dececco with Oceano Elementary School, Annie Turner with Atascadero High School and the GreenHound Academy, Carissa Plains Elementary School, and Emma Zelus, a student and environmental leader at Paso Robles High School. All Energy Champions were nominated by community members for their leadership in energy and sustainability education.

    Throughout the day, young attendees learned about energy use by attempting the Energy Quest, answering energy related questions by touring booths hosted by teachers and students as well as local non-profit organizations and agencies. Kids also enjoyed exploring forms of renewable energy with LEGOs, and learned how to power a digital clock with a potato. “Clean and efficient use of energy is a rapidly emerging field and hopefully resources like this will allow these kids to be the Energy Champions of the future”, said County Energy Program Manager Trevor Keith. “The success of this event is largely due to the collaboration of many different organizations and dedicated community members. We will build on this throughout the next year to keep the community engaged with the resources they need for a smart energy future.”

    To learn more about the San Luis Obispo Regional Energy Alliance and stay informed about future events, visit sloregionalenergyalliance.org

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    Energy Awareness Month is brought to you by the following non-profits, companies, and local agencies: San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Department, SLO County Energy Watch, SLO County Air Pollution Control District, Cuesta Sustainability Resource Center, U.S. Green Building Council California Central Coast Chapter, The Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, MidAmerican Solar, NRG Energy and SunPower. 

  • 09 Oct 2013 9:40 AM | Anonymous
    Santa Barbara City College is making a difference! Last week SBCC celebrated this year's Green Apple Day of Service with a Tree Planting. They planted five Cercis Canadensis trees which were specifically selected to add ecology to their campus in terms of nitrogen fixation. Cercis Canadensis Trees also match the school's color red and have edible flowers and seeds. The Tree Planting also occurred on the Day of Caring which is part of SBCC's initiative to develop a District Sustainability Plan for implementing a Campus Landscape Master Plan and become a Tree USA Campus! SBCC is supporting and improving their community and so can you!

    Want to make a difference in your community? Take Action!

    Check out the photos from the Tree Planting:

    Photo: Justin Covington. 2013


    Photo: Justin Covington. 2013
  • 02 Oct 2013 11:44 AM | Anonymous
    Don't miss your chance to earn recognition for your green project. 
    The deadline to submit a project is October 11th!        Enter your project today!


  • 01 Oct 2013 10:14 AM | Anonymous
    The energy efficiency legislation, commonly known as the Shaheen-Portman legislation, has been delayed indefinitely after two weeks of partisan bickering and deliberation. This bipartisan legislation, led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), received strong bipartisan support but leaders struggled with some of the proposed amendments, such as a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and others targeting U.S. EPA rules on climate change. With other important upcoming legislation looming in the Senate, it raises the question of whether the Senate leaders will reconsider the measure in the upcoming months. As a strong, vocal supporter, the USGBC recognizes and appreciates it's dedicated community and chapters for helping to educate local leaders on the benefits of the Shaheen-Portman legislation. 

    ' With everyone's continued efforts, there is still a chance of advancing energy efficient solutions in this Congress.'(Bryan Howard- Leg. Director) 

  • 01 Oct 2013 9:07 AM | Anonymous
    During last week's Green Schools Week, Oceano Elementary participated in the Green Apple Day of Service, kicking off a year of health and energy efficient initiatives. Students seized the day by biking or walking to school, participating in a bicycle safety rodeo, learning efficient recycling practices and taking part in other zero-waste initiatives. Oceano Elementary School is leading the way!
  • 27 Sep 2013 10:31 AM | Anonymous
    Our first annual Green Apple Gala and Kickoff was a great success thanks to our sponsors and C4 community. Hope to see you next year to help us celebrate Green Schools Week. Happy Green Apple Day of Service!

  • 25 Sep 2013 9:13 AM | Anonymous
    Today is the day to celebrate and learn more about Green Schools at the first annual Green Apple Gala. Join us at the Octagon Barn tonight at 6pm unitl 8pm for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a tour of the historic Barn, and new friends. Get your Gala tickets now! 
  • 23 Sep 2013 8:11 AM | Anonymous
    The Santa Barbara Contractors' Association is presenting their Construction EXPO at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. They will have about 75 exhibitors, approximately 3000 attendees, and 3 educational session on green building and high performance buildings.  Justin Wilson, Founder of Building Performance Solutions will speak at several sessions. CEU’s available for architects/real estate agents.  For more information, go to www.sbconstructionexpo.com or contact the SBCA:  Karin Perissinotto, 805-884-1100."

  

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