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  • 15 Aug 2013 10:12 AM | Anonymous
    A recent article published by the Center for the New Energy Economy puts the confusing world of state legislation and the current state of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in perspective. Most states now have mandatory or voluntary RPS and nearly every state proposed RPS legislation in 2013. By grouping the proposed RPS legislation into three groups, Rollback, Modification, and Increase we can see that bills to modify RPS far outweigh both increases and rollbacks, while RPS increases just nose out proposed RPS rollbacks. During the 2013 session, only 8 of the 121 unique pieces of RPS legislation have been enacted all either increase or modify a state RPS.

  • 30 Jul 2013 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Monday nights 5:30 - 8:20 (9 weeks) August 19th - October 14th 

    Explore the environmental impacts of the built environment, principals of green building design and construction, available rating/certification systems for green building, with an in-depth review of the LEED Rating Systems and their applications, specifically the LEED Building Design and Construction (BD&C). CSU Transferable. Participants qualify to participate in the Cuesta College Community Green Program that includes Study Materials (Green Associate Study Guide and Core Concepts), and LEED Green Associate exam at no cost (a $400 value)!   

  • 30 Jul 2013 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Monday nights, 5:30-8:20 (9 weeks), October 21st – December 16th

    The LEED for Homes program is more relevant now than ever before to San Luis Obispo County residents.  Third party verified green building programs are now being used in the county to minimize the impact of residential buildings on the environment. LEED for Homes is one of the most widely recognized residential green building programs in the nation, focusing on energy and water efficiency, healthy indoor environments, and sustainable site development. Learn the LEED for Homes rating system through active classroom lectures and discussions, small group projects, and project participation.  Students qualify to participate in the Cuesta College Community Green Building Program that includes reference and study materials (LEED for Homes Reference Guide) and LEED AP for Homes exam at no cost (over a $600 value). Successful completion of ARCH 245 – Green Associate or equivalent professional experience required.  Sign up today at Cuesta College: http://cuesta.edu/student/getstarted/

  • 11 Jul 2013 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    After three years of development, six public comment periods, and plenty of controversy, USGBC members voted to approve LEED v4undefinedin a landslide.

    LEED version 4 has been approved by a vote of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members, with 86% of the voting body voting in the affirmative during a June 2013 ballot period. Approval of LEED v4 as the next version of the LEED Rating System clears the way for its launch during the Greenbuild conference in November.

    Read the full article by Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C here.

  • 09 Jul 2013 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    USGBC has released a new infographic to illustrate how the LEED green building rating system has contributed to the growth of an entire global industry devoted to creating a sustainable built environment.

    The infographic, “LEED in Motion: Driving the Green Building Industry,” is a visual depiction of the many facets of LEED, the voluntary, market-based program developed by USGBC that has changed the way our society thinks about buildings and their role in global environmental stewardship.

    It highlights the incredible breadth of LEED’s supporters undefined namely, the 77 USGBC chapters working on the local level to advance green building in states and cities, USGBC’s network of more than 12,000 member companies, the 185,000 LEED Accredited Professionals and Green Associates with advanced technical knowledge of green building design and implementation, as well as the 94 Green Building Councils around the world.

    The graphic also reflects LEED’s role as a true driver of momentum in the global green building industry, from its rigorous technical development process, to the many marketing benefits it provides to certified projects, to its proven performance in helping certified structures reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate their energy and water use, among many other features.

  • 07 Jun 2013 9:18 AM | Deleted user
    Wednesday, June 19th
    Pali Winery, 116 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA

    JOIN US for our first annual networking eventundefineda fun mixer at one of Santa Barbara's best wineries. Learn about what your USGBC-C4 chapter does, upcoming events, and meet and meet new and other potential members! All are welcome.

    Food and a glass of wine provided. Open bar available.

    Please RSVP by 6/12 to:
    Michelle Zimney (michelle@inbalancegreen.com)
    Perrin Pellegrin (perrin@iworkshopconsulting.com)

    Hope to see you there!
    PAli tasting room crp
    For a map and location information, see Pali Winery's website.
  • 07 Jun 2013 9:15 AM | Deleted user

    Awards of Excellence

    The 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence are now open to submissions! Submissions are due by June 20, 2013.

  • 28 May 2013 9:41 AM | Deleted user

    Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership Signals a Continued Commitment by lynda.com Toward Sustainability

    May 6, 2013 – CARPINTERIA, Calif – lynda.com, an online learning company, announced today that it has become a Partner in the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to increase the number of American employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by tenfold in the next five years. The goal of the project is to encourage sustainability efforts among businesses, and to fill a gap in America’s PEV charging infrastructure, increasing consumer exposure and access to PEV charging opportunities.

    “lynda.com is committed to improving its sustainability and setting an example in the community,” said Jacqueline Burge, senior director of facilities at lynda.com. “As a producer of online training videos, our greatest opportunity to reduce our environmental impact is in the daily activities of our employees. We are pleased to provide electric vehicle charging as an additional benefit to them.”

    lynda.com has joined several major companies in the Workplace Charging Challenge. Current Partners include 3M, Bloomberg LP, Chrysler Group, the City of Sacramento, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, Facebook, Ford, GE, GM, Google, The Hertz Corporation, Nissan, NRG Energy, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Raytheon Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Southern California Edison, Tesla and Verizon.

    The Workplace Charging Challenge asks its Partners to commit to assessing employee demand for PEV charging at the workplace, and developing and executing a plan to provide PEV charging access for employees. lynda.com has already completed its installation of a Juice Bar electric vehicle charging station. It has also produced a promotional video in which employees talk about the benefits of commuting to work in a PEV and knowing the car will be charged before their commute home.

    The installation of its charging station is the latest initiative in the lynda.com transportation program, which provides incentives for employees to carpool, use public transportation and ride bicycles to work. The company has also taken steps to reduce energy and water usage, and reduce solid waste by composting food scraps and donating electronics. It earned Green Business certification from the Green Business Program (GBP) of Santa Barbara County in July 2012, and received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Office Award for the Central Coast Chapter (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties) in December 2012.

  • 23 May 2013 10:34 AM | Anonymous

     Habitat Logo

    Registration is now open to volunteer at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes construction site. If you are interested in helping build a Habitat home please log into your Volunteer Up account and sign up for a shift.

    Habitat for Humanity is building 12 new affordable townhouses at 822 & 824 East Canon Perdido Street. The build is scheduled to take 12 months so there are plenty of opportunities to join in. All information regarding the build and volunteer requirements can be found on your Volunteer Up account. If you have a problem logging in please contact volunteer@sbhabitat.org.

    Please remember that we cannot allow anyone under the age of 16 to volunteer at the construction site. All volunteers must sign up online at least 24 hours before arriving for their shift so that we can plan the workday accordingly.  

    Can you help? Sign up online or email volunteer@sbhabitat.org if you have questions. 

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  • 21 May 2013 8:57 AM | Bianca Koenig (Administrator)

    This month's SLO Monthly Lecture Series took on a new format for May, allowing multiple, local professionals to present a 5-minute pitch for their green expertise. But don't be fooled, this was not only a great marketing opportunity but also earned high points for education, as each presenter demonstrated expert knowledge in each of their fields. The depth of information and relevance to our local community and built environment was so impressive, that we had to put together a brief summary for you!

    Heather Gray, of Gray Electrical Consulting + Engineering, LLC (GECE) kicked-off the presentations to share the company approach and core values for her newly founded electrical engineering firm in Santa Maria. This woman-owned small business was recently selected as one of Santa Barbara's top three emerging businesses by the Santa Barbara Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation and the reasons are clear. When it comes to green design, GECE reminds us that quality does not have to be sacrificed for energy efficiency. In addition to her practice and volunteering for C4, Heather also participates with National Women in Construction (NWIC) to support and inspire current and future generations of women professionals in the building industry.

    Aeron Arlin Genet from the Air Pollution Control District of San Luis Obispo County (APCD) brought the group up to speed on the progress towards meeting climate protection plan goals for the City of San Luis Obispo and other cities within the County. With secured mitigation funds, APCD can now provide grants to help cities prepare for the voluntary Assembly Bill 32. While regulations related to climate change and climate protection have been subject to a hostile political and local environment, the City of Atascadero and Paso Robles, among others have agreed to move forward with a plan. This forward-thinking demonstrates the understanding of the built environment and new construction as a major component, for addressing the conservation of energy resources, and limiting pollution and health impacts in our communities.

    Alma Wagner, Project Construction Manager of Arcadis is educating folks about sustainability issues both internally with Arcadis and on multiple local projects, including the County Women's Jail and California Men's Colony which is currently pursuing a LEED Gold Certification. At Arcadis, they are driven towards sustainable practices through design and operations to benefit both the environment and client health.

    C4 was delighted to have our intern Devin Graham also present. When Devin isn't updating the C4 website, or pursuing his architectural degree at Cal Poly, he can be found in the new office of InBalance Green Consulting. Their recent project highlights include Shale Oak Winery and San Luis Obispo's new location for the Chamber of Commerce- which really stepped up their presence downtown. And in case you were wondering what that super modern structure is across from the San Luis Obispo Airport, that's the headquarters for Rosetta which is currently pursuing LEED Certification.

    Ann Sever, Senior Landscape Architect from Wallace Group shared the multi-disciplinary team's specialized focus on water. Wallace Group's Water Resources department has worked on over 100 local wineries where many of them implement water recycling of their treated process water. The Wallace Group team is also experienced in SWPPP requirements and the upcoming post-construction regulations currently in development with the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  When it comes to water conservation, Ann can address plants and irrigation efficiency in the design phase or as a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Whether as individual experts or part of a collaborative, Wallace Group understands the importance of addressing water in ways that are environmentally sound and implementable.

    Cheryl Cochran, Land Use Technician with the Energy Division of County of San Luis Obispo Planning & Building shared a sneak preview of the upcoming Energy Awareness Month and The Energy Event. This year's event will focus on families and kids, featuring hands-on activities, an energy magic show and the Energize SLO Cross Country Run. More features and prizes are still being added for everyone, of all ages. The October 5th event will be held at Cuesta College. Visit our calendar page for more details.

    Speaking of events, the happiest event of the year is coming up on May 28th, 5pm - 7pm, at the SLO Museum of Art. Rebecca McKay shared the details on the third annual Bike Happy - a free happy hour for bicycle enthusiasts! Find out more or sign up to volunteer at www.facebook.com/bikehappyslo

    If we missed you at last Friday's monthly lecture series, be sure to catch us next month when we focus on residential and commercial renewable energy. Join us every third Friday of the month for a great mix of local professionals at the forefront of sustainability and green design.


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