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  • 25 Sep 2013 9:13 AM | Anonymous
    Today is the day to celebrate and learn more about Green Schools at the first annual Green Apple Gala. Join us at the Octagon Barn tonight at 6pm unitl 8pm for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a tour of the historic Barn, and new friends. Get your Gala tickets now! 
  • 23 Sep 2013 8:11 AM | Anonymous
    The Santa Barbara Contractors' Association is presenting their Construction EXPO at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. They will have about 75 exhibitors, approximately 3000 attendees, and 3 educational session on green building and high performance buildings.  Justin Wilson, Founder of Building Performance Solutions will speak at several sessions. CEU’s available for architects/real estate agents.  For more information, go to www.sbconstructionexpo.com or contact the SBCA:  Karin Perissinotto, 805-884-1100."
  • 17 Sep 2013 1:59 PM | Anonymous
    You are invited to submit your innovative green project to the $th Annual C4 Green Awards. Celebrating the best LEED and Green projects on the Central Coast. Gain recognition in the green building industry and more by submitting your project today. Enter into one of these categories:
    • Green New Construction
    • Green Home
    • Green Landscape
    • Green Operations
    • Green Rehab/Renovation
    • Green Innovation
    Enter your project now or to find out more visit usgbcc4.org/greenawards 
  • 27 Aug 2013 10:54 AM | Anonymous
    School is just around the corner and now is the time to prepare for your school's Green Apple Day of Service on September 27th or 28th, 2013. Lets take a quick look at how well Green Apple Day of Service did last year in 2012.
    Visit facebook.com/USGBCC4 to view the infographic.

  • 22 Aug 2013 9:57 AM | Anonymous
    Acceptance of LEED buildings and their benefits has been on the rise in the tri-counties.  The subject of a recent article in the Pacific Coast Business Times, LEED buildings of the Central Coast are not only big buildings but big impressions of a brighter future. Leaders in the region include UC Santa Barbara with ten LEED buildings, Kohl's five LEED Silver stores, Volkswagen Group's testing center in Oxnard, and Cal Poly's Poly Canyon Student Housing a 1.4 million square-foot project. Chapter President Michelle Zimney contributes to the conversation, speaking of the LEED certification costs and benefits. The question is... to LEED or not to LEAD.

    Read the full Pacific Coast Business Times article by Marlize van Romburgh here.
  • 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.


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