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  • 11 Feb 2014 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    PRC Leadership Summit- Westmont College, Montecito, CA
    The Pacific Region Council's Leadership Summit is an exclusive event held for chapter leaders in the Pacific Region. The Summit will be held on the campus of Westmont College, at the beautiful LEED Gold certified Winter Hall, located on over 100 acres of rolling woodland in Montecito, just outside of Santa Barbara, CA.
    Chapter Leaders from ten Pacific Region Chapters are invited, joined by USGBC National staff, for a day infused with education, leadership development, strategic partnering, membership, emerging professionals and chapter imaging.
    The summit launches on Friday evening at the Christian Fellowship Center and continues for the full day Saturday at Winter Hall. Sunday is an optional day but will be filled with fun events planned to explore and enjoy Santa Barbara and Montecito.

    To learn more about Hotel Reservations & Summit Registration:

    Contact: paul@sbarchitect.com
  • 11 Feb 2014 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    LEED Professional Credential Exams Evolving for LEED v4
    In June, LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating sytem. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014 and the first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014.
    LEED project experience competency will be assessed, for the first time, in the LEED AP Exam. The requirement to submit proof of project experience at the time of application is no longer required as of June 30. Since it is so critical to success in the AP Exam, GBCI strongly urges candidates to gain meaningful project experience prior to taking the test.
  • 11 Feb 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    2014 EBie Awards- Urban Green Council
    The Urban Green Council (USGBC New York) is hosting its' national program, the annual EBie Awards, which recognizes outstanding performance in existing buildings, dovetails with USGBC's LEED for Existing Buildings efforts, and provides an exciting way to promote sustainability in buildings across the country. In addition to encouraging excellence in the industry, the EBies are a great way to ensure that the amazing work being done in our region is recognized by a national audience. Submissions are due March 20th, so submit your outstanding retrofit project today! Winners are announced April 16th and the EBie awards ceremony will be held in New York City at the Hard Rock Cafe Theater in Times Square on June 9, 2014.

  • 07 Jan 2014 9:41 AM | Anonymous
    Net Positive Energy + Water Conference
    February 4-5 @ Hyatt Regency- San Francisco, CA

    Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water buildings have captured our minds and imaginations and begun to change our expectations for the pace of change in the future built environment. Though the technologies are still emerging, we are on the brink of a more productive, thriving and healthy community and future. Join the Internatonal Living Future Institute for their Net Positive Energy + Water Conference, where you will learn about net zero building, the latest in zero energy and water ideas, as well as new technologies and applications. Maude Barlow, political activist, policy critic, author and the leading voice in Canada for social justice, will be joining Denis Hayes and Jason F. McLennan as a keynote speakers at the conference. See you in San Francisco!
    To find out more about the conference and register, visit Living Future
  • 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

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    October 9, 2013                                     Trevor Keith, Energy Program Coordinator



     “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


    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) 


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