Log in

Recent News

<< First  < Prev   ...   5   6   7   8   9   Next >  Last >> 
  • 31 Jul 2012 10:58 AM | Anonymous


             The California Central Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to recognize and

    honor Don Walter of Walter Bros. Properties for the most recent Central Coast LEED certified buildingthe

    California Department of Industrial Relations offices at 4740 Allene Way, in San Luis Obispo.

    Designed by local architect, Bruce Fraser of Fraser Seiple Architects, the DIR offices achieved several

    important LEED Certification benchmarks. Most notable is the building uses 97% less water than a

    typical office building by using reclaimed water, low flow and waterless fixtures. The building also

    uses 27% less energy through integrated cooling strategies, improved building envelope design,

    efficient fixtures, occupancy sensors and natural day-lighting in all occupied spaces. Sustainably

    grown and harvested FSC certified wood, and recycled, non-toxic materials were also used throughout

    the building. Perhaps most importantly, the new LEED Gold Certified building serves to educate its

    many visitors about sustainable buildings with a public informational display about the building design,

    and real-time monitor illustrating the LEED design features and systems operations.

    LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification, developed by the USGBC, is the

    leading and most stringent building certification documenting and certifying green buildings in a

    consistent and comprehensive system. Studies have shown that LEED Certified buildings typically use

    24-50% less energy, emit 33-39% less CO2 emissions, use 40% less water and produce 70% less

    solid waste that goes to the landfill. In addition we are now seeing studies that show that healthier

    environments of LEED buildings reduce illness, absenteeism and significantly increase productivity

    and employee retention which can result in considerably more cost savings that all the other energy,

    water and waste savings combined.

    This project will take its place among the California Central Coast LEED Project Case Studies on the

    USGBC-C4 website and is one of the local projects and award winners being showcased in the C4

    2010-2011 Green Awards Book recently published to recognize and document the many exciting

    sustainable design accomplishments of the Central Coast.

    For more information visit www.usgbcc4.org, email communications@usgbcc4.org or

    contact Marilyn Farmer at 544-6075.

  • 24 Jul 2012 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Making schools more sustainable provides a healthier learning environment for children, and saves money, which our districts desperately need.  The US Green Building Council - C4 (California Central Coast Chapter) Green Schools Action Group began this past school year with the primary mission of engaging the community to raise awareness and educate on all aspects of Green Schools. The idea is simple: participation from everyone, including, students, parents, PTA’s, teachers, custodial staff, government leaders, district administrators and facilities director, utility providers, and industry specialists.

    Last September a kick-off meeting was held with over 80 participants from all over the County representing a full spectrum of the community.  At this time a program called Seminars for Success was launched. This was a series of seminars, which were to be topical meetings on issues such as recycling or water conservation held each month during the school year. Each meeting had a panel of 5-7 specialists in that field from different perspectives.  The Green Schools Action Group was able to secure dynamic speakers for each slot on every panel.  For example Sylvan Levin the Environmental Club Advisor at Mission College Prep, John Ewan from Pacific Energy Company, and County Supervisor Adam Hill were a few of the notable speakers

    This integrated approach to dialogue led to increased awareness of the potential benefits of integrating sustainability in our schools as a discussion in nearly every district. Some highlights from our local districts have included:

    • ·        Lucia Mar Unified School District paved the way two years ago when hiring the first Sustainability Coordinator in the County. This blueprint and fiscal case study illustrated over $120,000 cost savings annually in the first year of implementation. Jeff Guy, Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation for
    • ·        San Luis Coastal Unified School District participated in many of the Green Schools Action Group Seminars and has carried out an ambitious plan to add solar to a number of schools this year and has begun to implement conservation measures throughout the District
    • ·        Stu Stoddard, Director of Support Services at Atascadero Unified School District offered many creative low to no cost measures that can be taken.  He explained how simple things such as sending out a clever email to faculty and staff before the holiday break requesting that electronics be powered down can have a cumulative cost savings.
    • ·        Templeton Superintendent of Schools Joe Koski celebrated his one-year anniversary in February. He has lead with innovation on many fronts. In the past the district has had an aggressive recycling plan and other measures; however they have now have hired Chris Bonin as the new Supervisor of Maintenance, Operations, Construction & Sustainability to continue development of these initiatives.

    Erin Inglish and Jennifer McIntyre, Green Schools Action Group Co-Chairs are excited to keep the momentum of an integrated approach going with additional speakers, community dialogue and action, helping our community to realize that Green Schools can saves dollars and makes good sense.


  • 15 Jun 2012 8:23 PM | Anonymous

    The California Central Coast Chapter of the


     “A Decade of LEED at UCSB”

    June 2012 presentation in our monthly series

    Please join the California Central Coast Chapter (C4) of the U.S. Green Building Council in Ventura on Monday, June 25th, at 5:30 PM for an informative talk about UC Santa Barbara’s recent Green Building projects, presented by UCSB Sustainability Manager Jordan Sager.  The lecture will begin at 6:00 PM after a half hour of informal networking.
    The University of California at Santa Barbara was an early adopter of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, beginning with the now double-platinum rated Bren school of Environmental Science and Management. Mr. Sager will discuss UCSB's experience with LEED over the past 10 years, using various case studies to demonstrate how the University has implemented each version of the rating system - New Construction (NC), Existing Buildings (EB:OM), Commercial Interiors (CI) and most recently LEED for Homes.  
    Jordan Sager is the Green Building and Sustainability Manager in UCSB’s Design & Facilities Division. He supports the implementation of sustainability measures on capital building projects and advises campus policy as it relates to planning, design and construction.  Jordan is also a co-founder of Santa Barbara’s Emerging Green Builders organization, and maintains a position on the board of the USGBC-C4.

    The presentation takes place at the Patagonia Firehouse Building, 280 W. Main Street in downtown Ventura on Monday, June 25th 2012, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.   The monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

    For more information, please call (805) 487-9821, or visit the C4 website at usgbcc4.org.

  • 24 May 2012 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    As we strive to reach our goal of recruiting 5,000 Emerging Professionals within the next three years and establishing a pipeline of competent, well-equipped green building leaders, the role of the Emerging Professionals National Committee (EPNC) has never been more important. Currently, the committee seeks to fill four open positions (job description), so if you or someone you know (all ages welcome) want to make an impression on the green building movement, please consider applying by May 28. Email emergingprofessionals@usgbc.org with any questions. 

  • 15 May 2012 10:00 PM | Anonymous

     “Deconstruction and Materials Reuse”

    May 2012 presentation in our monthly series

    Please join the California Central Coast Chapter (C4) of the U.S. Green Building Council in Ventura on Monday, May 21st, at 5:30 PM for an informative presentation about the benefits ofDeconstruction versus the more common practice of Demolition, by Wally Geer, a local Architect and board member of The Reuse People.


    Deconstruction”, not to be confused with “Demolition,” is the sustainable building strategy of taking a building apart piece by piece with the intent of reusing and / or recycling as much of its original components and structural elements as possible. Deconstruction can Benefit the environment by preventing a substantial amount of reusable material from going to landfill; can be cost effective and in many cases actually profitable when compared to demolition; can provide an owner and the development team a great deal of good will from the general public, building officials and public officials; and, Deconstruction can bring credits to a project that is pursuing green certifications including LEED, Build It Green, or the higher tiers of the CalGreen building code.


    Wally Geer Has been active as an architect and residential real estate developer for over 30 years. He was an early pioneer in sustainable building, and built his first  “off the grid” homes as a developer in the 1980s in Colorado.  He has since built homes on a speculative basis that have included alternative building systems including straw bale, ICFs & SIP construction.  Mr. Geer has served in numerous local and regional positions with non-profit building industry associations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The ReUse People, a 501(c)3 non-profit that is one of America’s largest deconstruction companies.


    The presentation takes place at the Patagonia Firehouse Building, 280 W. Main Street in downtown Ventura on Monday, May 21st 2012, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.   The monthly meetings are free and open to the public.


    View Flier

    For more information, please call (805) 487-9821, or visit the C4 website at usgbcc4.org.

    Contact: Wayne Pendrey, Regional Chair

    Phone:  (805) 487-9821

    email:  pendrey.consulting@gmail.com

  • 24 Apr 2012 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    USGBC is releasing another public comment period from May 1st - May 15th.  This period will be to review the final changes and see what is up for ballot in June.  This will be the last chance to send in your comments so please take the time to review, LEED 2012 will be in effect for at least 2 years starting in late fall.

    Find Out More:
  • 18 Apr 2012 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Please join the California Central Coast Chapter (C4) of the U.S. Green Building Council in Ventura on Monday, April 23rd, at 5:30 PM for an informative presentation about the Building Performance Institute (BPI) by local Green Building Contractor and BPI-certified Building Analyst Wayne Pendrey.


    The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a non-profit organization started by a small group of builders, architects, and material suppliers seeking to improve standards of quality and performance in the residential building industry. BPI utilizes test-in and test-out procedures to establish quantifiable numbers that measure a building’s energy efficiency, identifying through this process potential areas for improvement ranked in order of priority for likely energy savings. This presentation will cover how an individual can earn a professional credential become BPI certified, and how a company can become accredited.


    Wayne Pendrey  has over 35 years in the construction industry beginning in 1976 with the US NAVY Seabees. Wayne became a licensed contractor in 1993, and In 2000 began serving on the board of directors for the Ventura County Contractors Association where he founded the Green Building Committee. Wayne is also a founding member of the USGBC-C4 and serves on the board of directors. In 2011 Wayne became certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst. Wayne teaches Cal Green building codes and Green building construction methods through the Center for Employment Training.


    The presentation takes place at the Patagonia Firehouse Building, 280 W. Main Street in downtown Ventura on Monday, April 23rd 2012, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.   The monthly meetings are free and open to the public.


    For more information, please call (805) 487-9821, or visit the C4 website at usgbcc4.org

    Contact: Wayne Pendrey, Regional Chair

    Phone:  (805) 487-9821

    email:  pendrey.consulting@gmail.com

  • 20 Mar 2012 12:34 AM | Anonymous

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The San Luis Obispo County Green Schools Action Group 2012 kick-off meeting took place on Tuesday, March 20th, with over 60 community members in attendance. The action group, which is chaired by the Central Coast of California Chapter (known as “C4) of the United States Green Building Council, is the culmination of the landmark green schools movement taking place in our county and is comprised of leading stakeholders in the K-12 and tertiary school communities.

    "The green schools movement is the biggest thing to happen to education since the introduction of technology to the classroom," says Glenn Cook, Editor in Chief of American School Board Journal. This action group has set an aggressive timeline to reach county-wide and nation-wide goals for greening our schools, and they intend to reach them by fostering collaboration between school districts and other stakeholders, sleuthing out opportunities for grants, encouraging partnerships and celebrating success, promoting information sharing, and serving as a platform for making a true impact in the schools of our county.

    Community members at this meeting included administrative representatives from public and private school districts, managers of school facilities and food service departments, teachers and educators, parents and PTA representatives, Cal Poly staff and students, local government officials and County Board of Supervisors, members of non-profit and non-government organizations, the County Office of Education, and diverse group of industry (renewable energy, lighting, HVAC, contractors) representatives.

    As a follow up from this launch, the SLO County Green Schools Action Group will chair a series of green schools “Seminars for Success”, each focused on a topic relevant to green schools (i.e., Energy, Water, Recycling, Curriculum, etc.). The first seminar, which will be comprised of a panel of local experts and round-table discussion, will take place on April 19th, 2012, at the Ludwick Community Center. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please direct any comments or inquiries to the committee co-chairs, Erin Inglish from the Lucia Mar Unified School District (einglish@lmusd.org) or Jen McIntyre from the Integrated Waste Management Authority (jenmcintyreca@gmail.com). More information is available at www.usgbcc4.org.


<< First  < Prev   ...   5   6   7   8   9   Next >  Last >> 


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software