Friday, May 28, 2010
To find out more information about getting trees, donating, volunteering or just educating yourself more, visit the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s website at www.sactree.com.
Monday, May 24, 2010
For more information about events and ways to get involved with Soil Born Farm go to their website at www.soilborn.org.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Mayor Kevin Johnson kicked off his Green Initiative this week to a packed house and a visit from the Governor and his wife. After more than six years in the green building industry it was such a relief for me to see all of the people already engaged from our community and strong support from the top reaches of our local and state government. Mayor Johnson seems to have a good approach to address this initiative. His plan is not to reinvent the wheel or to detract from the great foundation of work that others have already done, but rather to identify and support what already exists and help identify and address ways to fill in the gaps.
I plan to support and attend all of the monthly meetings that will be hosted by the mayor through the end of this year. It will connect us directly to the mayor, city council, city and county staffs and so many of the other businesses and organizations that are already working hard to build our economy. With organization and support like that we really do have a chance for a green renaissance!
If you’d like to learn more visit the mayor’s website at www.teamkj.org.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Handmade in Seattle, Washington and inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Trinity Glass Products present an exceptional composite surface material that’s perfect for contemporary or traditional design aesthetics.
Offering the polished look of granite with earthy, muted colors and small particulates, Trinity satisfies the desire for a natural stone appearance without the negative environmental impacts. Trinity Glass Products are made with 70% recycled glass and low carbon cement sourced from the local Seattle community.
Trinity Glass Products come in six colors and one size. Please visit Green Sacramento for samples and pricing.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Classes for the Industry
March 29: LEED Green Associate (GA) Exam Prep Course - The one day course will give you a complete understanding of green building principles, while our proven study methods and comprehensive study package will give you everything you need to pass the LEED GA exam the first time.
March 30 & 31: LEED® AP Building Design and Construction - The LEED® AP Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) accreditation is the internationally recognized mark of professionals who are experts in developing high-performance green buildings. LEED BD+C focuses on LEED systems for New Construction, Core and Shell, and Schools. EIA’s two day workshop and comprehensive study package gives you everything you need to pass the LEED AP BD+C exam the first time.
The Green Living Center - Spring Saturday Series
All classes in this series are $25 each with discounts when signing up for more than one class.
Green Remodelling - Saturday, April 10th from 10am to 12pm – This class will cover some basic concepts in green building and remodelling, including materials options, energy efficiency considerations and construction practices and methods. Learn what to look for when choosing contractors as well. This class will be taught by the team at Green Sacramento and Green Sacramento Construction Services.
Energy Efficiency Programs and Rebates in the Sacramento Area – Saturday, April 17th from 10am to 12pm – Learn about the opportunities in the Sacramento area to make your home more energy efficient and identify how to get that work subsidised by the utilities and government agencies. The instructor for this class is Tommy Young from E3/Norcal
Landscape Tune-ups for Water Efficiency – Saturday, April 24th from 10am to 12pm – Warm weather has arrived, and so have water meters for many Sacramento homeowners. This course will provide an overview of strategies for reducing landscape water use, including design, plant selection, irrigation tune-ups and new technologies. Save water and money! This information-packed 2-hour class will be presented by Ed Chandler, founder and Principal Landscape Architect of Loftgardens | Landscape Architecture.
Greening Parties, Events and Wedding – Saturday, May 1st from 10am to 12pm – Do you want to take some steps to make your next event less wasteful and more environmentally conscious without compromising the style and elegance that you desire? What should you look for in a caterer to ensure that you are getting healthier foods without compromising on taste and appearance? Melissa Smith owns and operates Shades of Green Event Services and operates the Education and Events Facility at the Green Living Center.
Consider using the GLC Education and Events Facility for Your Next Event
The Green Living Center is the great location and facility for that special party or meeting. Located in the hub of mid-town Sacramento, the facility provides a relaxing and private setting perfect for community events, small weddings, social events, seminars, workshops, and business meetings. When the facility is not being used for classes, it is available for private rental. The Center is designed in a large, open layout with ample skylights for stunning natural daylight. The expansive brick walls are adorn with rotating installations provided by the 20th Street Art Gallery.
For more information please contact Green Sacramento at 916.448.8109.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Some of these opportunities are:
- Upgrade insulation, add radiant barrier (roof especially). Consider spray foam.
- Improve structural deficiencies exposed during remodel.
- Weatherstripping and air sealing.
- Upgrade wiring, add better, more efficient fixtures, switches, outlets.
- Plumbing – renew piping pipe insulation and allow water recirc., install better, more efficient fixtures.
- Duct testing and sealing. Upgrade/improve equipment efficiency.
- Removal or remediation of Toxics - Lead, Asbestos, Fiberglass, etc.
- Revealing areas for repair of leaks and sources of moisture for fungus (dry rot), termites and mold as well as rodent and vermin entry areas.
- Improve ventilation, natural lighting with skylights, new windows.
- Add radiant heating and cooling systems (non-forced air alternatives).
- Select Low and No VOC and Formaldehyde/off-gassing finish materials.
- Pre-wire and pipe for future solar electric and solar hot water (or install if budget allows).
- Install whole house fan/ventilation and balanced attic venting for night-time cooling.
- Install ventilation for better moisture control in bathrooms (use timers) and kitchens.
One of the old accepted standards of remodeling has been the necessity for and presence of a dumpster. One of the signs that your neighborhood was being improved was the number of dumpsters out on the street or in the driveway.
As the new values of green building take hold and landfill costs continue to climb, “Out with the Old and in with the New” has to be rethought. Here is a list of issues to be introduced and discussed:
- Value of reusing materials - old growth lumber no longer available except by salvage, antique fixtures – light fixtures, antique plumbing, antique hardware, “wavy glass” etc. – these are typical, high value items.
- Recycling materials by segregation– separation of lath and plaster for example so each can be handled and disposed or repurposed.
- Recycling steel, wiring, piping, cardboard, concrete, plastics, aluminum, drywall, roofing, framing, etc.…
- Techniques of salvage and deconstruction – accessing, break paint bond, incremental prying, nail removal, tape broken or split parts together (wood can be glued and made “good as new”), paint stripping, reuse and refinishing.
- Dealing with toxics – lead, asbestos, mold.
Planning - Pre-deconstruction evaluation.
Prior to doing any demolition or deconstruction, take an inventory of materials that can be re-used or recycled. Here are some things to consider for wood salvage:
- Reuse of materials for their function – eg. reuse a door as a door, a framing member for framing, siding used for siding..
- Reuse or “upcycling” of material for other use – “cannibalize” a door for it’s finish material, old growth framing becomes finish lumber, etc.
- “Pre-sell” items for salvage – do a “pick and pull” for certain items. Liability concerns.
- Plan for separation, sorting and storage.
- Plan for re-use, recycle or resale.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So please come and celebrate with us. Along with good food and drinks we will have all of the other business owners here to advise customers on their projects in architecture, design, landscape architecture, green building and energy efficiency. Bring in your drawings, ideas and concepts and speak to our professionals. Green Sacramento will also give 10% off any purchases placed on or before that day. View our Events and Education Facility that we are getting ready to open and enjoy the company of a growing green community. Also stick around that evening for 2nd Saturday. We have partnered with 20th Street Art Gallery and will be featuring the art of Bernie Weston.
We truly hope to see you here!
Our first classes will be:
· March 29 LEED GA
· March 30 - 31 LEED AP BD+C (Building Design and Construction)
Find more information online at , http://www.eiofa.com/ or call us at 916.448.8109
Melissa Smith of Shades of Green Event Services has also signed on as our events coordinator and will start to put together classes and events for the public as well. Some of our programs will include hands on classes in historic home window repair and design charettes for developing out door living spaces. We will also host classes on green building concepts and practices that will help you feel more confident and get your building projects focused and organized. What types of classes and events would you like to see? We really want to know.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The company was founded when the Wooleys first became Grandparents. They wanted to create a treasure for their grandchild to cherish forever. So naturally safety was a huge consideration. Precautions you can expect from a Wooley creation includes the use of non toxic finishes, including products that can be found at Green Sacramento (Vermont Natural Coatings and OSMO), non-toxic waterproof glue (Titebond III), rounded corners, sanded surfaces, non-skid pads on table legs and plastic glides on chairs, to prevent injury or damage.
Customization of a Wooley Wood Works item includes the ability to choose wood type, stain or paint color, personalized artwork or lettering (via Woodburning) and cut-outs.
High quality is ensured by not only a lifetime of experience and joy in wood working, but meticulous inspection and a satisfaction guarantee.
Please visit their website for more information: http://wooleywoodworks.com/index.html
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Windfall Wooden Countertops possess all these traits and more. Made in Tumwater, WA from sustainably harvested Northwest hardwoods and reclaimed exotic timber, Windfall Lumber provides an unparalleled butcher-block countertop.
Every countertop produced by Windfall Lumber has a story. For instance the African Hardwood Blend is FSC Certified Recycled and it comes from used pallets made in West Africa for use in the United States. The Western Black Walnut is salvaged wood from Northwest Orchards.
Many of the wood species come in either side grain or end grain, giving the same species a completely different look. These countertops maybe stained, finished and refinished with OSMO natural wood finishing products allowing for a greater range of customization for your project. OSMO products are also available at Green Sacramento.
Please visit Green Sacramento for samples and pricing.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Warm to the touch and rustic in appearance, Squak Mountain Stone is a truly unique countertop experience. Squak Mountain Stone is a lightweight countertop that resembles limestone in its "natural" color variation and texture, but is hand-cast in Seattle, WA.
Armed with a new formula, Squak Mountain Stone is now made with over 50% recycled paper and glass, as well as low carbon cement. All of the materials used in creating a slab of Squak Mountain Stone are sourced from the local Seattle community.
With Squak Mountain Stone you get all of the benefits of a beautiful stone countertop but with added peace of mind. Squak Mountain Stone comes in five colors and two sizes. Please visit Green Sacramento for samples and pricing.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Eco by Cosentino is a virtually non porous countertop material that is stain, scratch and scorch resistant. Made with 75% recycled content, Eco by Cosentino includes:
· Porcelain from used china, tiles, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and decorative pieces
· Mirror from homes, commercial buildings, factories
· Glass from vehicle windshields, windows, bottles, and from consumer recycling programs
· Stone scraps left over from other solid surfacing projects and industrial processes
· Crystallized ash from industrial furnace residuals
The resin used to bind the materials of Eco by Cosentino is partially produced from corn oil. During the manufacturing process of Eco by Cosentino 94% of water used is cleaned and reused, and 99% of VOCs produced are purified at the factory. The company also participates in quarry restoration programs.
Eco by Cosentino is available in ten colors and has a 5 year limited warranty. Please visit Green Sacramento for samples and pricing and take advantage a 10% discount through the end of February on all of our pre-made slabs.
@ The Green Living Center
919 20th Street in Midtown
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Glancing over my shoulder, my fiancee reminds me that there are plenty of things we could work on inside the house, well before the ground begins to dry out. New low-VOC paint for the back bedroom, cork flooring in the office, and of course the new sustainable kitchen cabinets she's been wanting. She even has a book of color swatches that she borrowed from Green Sacramento. After discussing for a few minutes we decide to take care of the painting and the floor now, and wait until the spring for the cabinets since we can start cooking more on the barbecue while the cabinets are being installed.
She joins me for another cup of tea, and we stand at the window looking out at the rain. I'm looking forward to this year- new beginnings and finally taking care of projects we've been putting off for a while. Here's to a rainy day, and plans for the future.
-Ed Chandler is the owner of Loftgardens Landscape Architecture, co-located in the Green Living Center, 919 20th Street in Midtown Sacramento.