Going solar is much easier than you think. The San Diego Green Building Council and USGBC California have partnered with innovative solar company (and leading B Corporation) Sungevity to help you go solar, save money, and also raise funds for our vital work.
More than 90 employee tenants attended the Earth Day Tenant Fair hosted by CBRE, the building management firm at 3655 Nobel Drive in San Diego. Committee members and volunteers from the San Diego Green Building Council joined with SDG&E (which gave out low-flow shower heads and aerators), Brickman Group Landscaping (handed out drought-resistant plants), V-Ride.com (company/group carpooling), an E-Waste recycler and an assortment of food vendors (great ceviche) for the midday event.
- Create a Green Team: often the best ideas for reducing energy, water and waste come out of collaborations between coworkers, and these teams can create great momentum to roll out projects across a whole office
- Figure out what your energy usage is...
This past week, the San Diego Green Building Council hosted a two-day conference at the San Diego Energy Innovation Center on the topic of Net Zero Energy/Water. The opening keynote of the conference was delivered by RNL's director of sustainability, Tom Hootman. Presented here is an outline of his "8 Simple Steps to Net Zero Energy," accompanied by some notes that I took during his talk.
Last November I was approached by legendary energy guru Dadla Ponizil, asking if I would be interested in helping him form a San Diego Chapter of the Passive House Alliance. Little did I know that at the second meeting of the Chapter on March 14th I would end up becoming its first President.
Passive House is a set of design principles and a quantifiable performance standard applied to any building project, producing radically less energy needs, unparalleled comfort and supreme air quality.