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  • 23 Sep 2023 6:51 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Come one come all to our very first GREEN DRINKS event!
    For our first event, we have Juice Ranch offering their delicious green juices to participants that support our annual beach cleanup at Santa Claus Lane. We will be partnering with Surf Happens to provide a fun and exciting day.
    Come out to enjoy a beautiful day with like-minded people, coming together to clean up one of our most iconic beaches in the tri-county. We will have some giveaway items, so make sure to bring your friends and family!

  • 01 Sep 2023 6:40 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    The CCGBC is excited to open the Green Awards
    Registration Open September 1 - September 30
    for sustainable projects in the following categories 

    Green Homes
    Green Innovation
    Green Landscaping
    Green New Construction
    Green Operations
    Green Renovation - Interiors
    Green Schools / Institutions

    We are looking forward to receiving your applications showcasing the excellence of your exceptional sustainable projects on the Central Coast and beyond! 
    To receive applications, application fees, and detailed application instructions, please email our Communications Director, Christy Bates at admin@ccgreenbuilding.org
    to start the application process.
    Thank you for helping us recognize and celebrate outstanding projects within our community! We hope that you will join in November 2023 for the Green Awards Gala!
    More details to be released soon!

  • 04 May 2022 10:00 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Click below to learn more about each and to register. Feel free to share these opportunities with your network!

    2022 One Hour Code Breaker Session: Single Family All-Electric Homes 
    May 12th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Hosted online with Adobe Connect 

    The 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for Residential occupancies, from how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the code to the introduction of new Mandatory and Prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future single-family all-electric residences. Join  Southern California Edison (SCE)  and Energy Code Ace for this one-hour presentation where we review not only the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We will also explore preparation for future all-electric buildings in the Energy Code requirements for heat pump space heating, domestic hot water, and battery-ready electrical panel configuration. 

    Electrification for Contractors Webinar by Lucas Johnson of Vali Homes
    May 18th @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Hosted on Zoom

    CCGBC presents a webinar with Lucas Johnson of Vali Homes, discussing the 5 Factors of Good Building tool, which is used to force holistic decision-making for all product specifications. Attendees will learn how to specify good products and get to see examples of assembly systems that work well for California's Central Coast.

    On April 25th, we hosted Alelia Parenteau (Sustainability & Resilience Director - City of Santa Barbara) and Chris Reed (Sustainability Manager - City of San Luis Obispo) to discuss the implementation of electrification in their cities.
    Click below to watch the hour-long panel discussion:

  • 04 May 2022 9:55 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Written by CCGBC Board Member Trevor Ranlett, a long-time member of the Carpenters Union Local 805.

    (Top) Contractor John Ruiz prepares to make quick work of tree well with a jackhammer, his kids go to Winfred Pifer Elementary School. (Bottom) JC is a carpenter with Souza Engineering and builds bridges during the week, and would love to be invited back to plant trees and help with other Green School projects. 

    The Central Coast Green Building Council and Duke Energy have funded mini-grants for schools throughout San Luis Obispo County, and the projects are happening! 4.30.22 There was a Volunteer Day at Winifred Pifer Elementary School in Paso Robles. In the spirit of strategic partnerships, Union members from Carpenters Local 805 came out in support of One Cool Earth and the mission of school gardens as education. The work was hard, digging out the tree wells through the compacted fill, but they came prepared with jackhammers and made very quick work of the operation. This hard work clears the way for the next upcoming volunteer opportunity on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, to plant the donated fruit and nut trees and set up the irrigation. The day concluded with a strong sense of satisfaction and high fives. Carpenters Local 805 has a tradition of serving the community and made a commitment to the strategic partnership, that the CCGBC could call upon them for future efforts.

    It’s going to be very exciting to see the rest of the green schools’ projects come to fruition. Stay tuned & get involved!

     Sign Up For Next Green Schools Volunteer Day: May 7th, 2022 

  • 18 Mar 2022 11:21 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)
    We are proud to announce our newly forming partnership with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, depicted below by CCGBC Board Member Brian Johnson. 

    "Pictured here is SBBG's LEED-certified Pritzlaff Conservation Center – where labs, herbarium, seed bank, and offices are located. It’s surrounded by the Island View Garden - a lovely place to catch the sunset, sunrise, or just about any time of day as the views are spectacular." - Jaime Eschette, SBBG Director, Marketing & Communications. Photos by Saxon Holt.

    These days it's much easier getting great stuff done with a supportive partner.  That's why a focus for the CCGBC this year is to reach out into the community and partner with organizations who share our vision for a more sustainable built environment.  So you can imagine how INCREDIBLY EXCITED we are to announce our formal partnership with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 

    We will be collaborating together on education and outreach, volunteer opportunities, capital projects, and more!  Our partnership is already in high gear as CCGBC's Board Members landscape designer Natasha Elliot and architect Marc Whitman lead our effort to design and construct a beautiful "casita" (entitled "The Gaia Tree) for the Garden's new Backcountry Children's Area to be opened in June 2022 (check date). The "casita" will be a functional exhibit that allows visitors to rest, enjoy the natural beauty of the garden and to learn a little something about alternative building designs and materials.  Steve Windhager, Executive Director of the Garden adds,  “In charting a course for a more sustainable future, both the natural and built environments have to work together and become seamlessly intermingled.  That is why I am so excited about our growing partnership between the Central Coast Green Building Council and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  The more that we can work together to support biodiversity, the more effectively and sooner we can mitigate the impacts of climate change.” 

    Keep an eye out for emails soon announcing volunteer opportunities to help construct the project!  We'll see you at the Garden!

      Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 

  • 07 Mar 2022 11:28 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    We have recently brought together a cohort of professionals to offer an 'Electrification Series' over the next few months. To kick-off this initiative, we have partnered with AIA Santa Barbara and Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) to present multiple electrification webinar opportunities for you. 

  • 21 Feb 2022 1:24 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Sweet Smiling Landscapes, creates landscapes and gardens that are as aesthetically intriguing as they are ecologically sound. Specializing in drought-tolerant landscapes, edible gardens, California native plant design.
    Serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

      Sweet Smiling Landscapes 

  • 09 Feb 2022 5:22 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Dear CCGBC Community Members, Sponsors, and Affiliates,

    On behalf of the Central Coast Green Building Council (CCGBC) Board of Directors and the entire green building community, we would like to give you our most heartfelt thanks for your continued support.

    In these trying times, it is easy to write off community-based work like ours, but the fact that we rely solely on your contributions to do the work we do makes it all the more meaningful and impactful to have your generosity. We could not be more grateful to our local sponsors, members, and community groups that allow our work to continue.

    We are in the midst of a climate emergency and at a crossroads that will dictate how we live and interact with our environment for future generations to come. Our mission is to promote sustainability initiatives in our community that benefit every member of our community. We believe that everyone in our community should have accessibility to healthy and sustainably built communities, and we commit to making that a forefront of our mission. We actively seek to better reach the underserved populations with our programs, trainings, and outreach.

    In order to achieve this, we are excited to announce a new series presented by the CCGBC. We will be hosting three thematic training sessions throughout the year on Beyond Net-Zero Energy & Electrification (Efficiency and Renewable Energy), Fire-Smart & Carbon-Conscious Construction, & Waterwise Living. Our impetus is to train the next generation of designers, builders, and homeowners in the values and importance of sustainable design and practice.

    These trainings throughout the year will include tours, webinars, hands-on training, formal certification, and advocacy to our local governments and media outlets. This program is following our very successful Green Building Speaker Series, in which we hosted eight sustainability webinars last year in partnership with the Ventura College Architecture Department and AIA Santa Barbara. Our Green Building Mentorship Initiative was a huge success this year and we paired 9 mentees with mentors! It is incredibly important that we usher the next generation into climate leadership and we are striving to expand this program further this year, so please do reach out if you are interested in mentoring or being a mentee.

    We have formed strategic partnerships this year that will enable our organization’s reach to go further and have more impact on our community. Specifically, we seek to not reinvent the wheel by leaning into partnerships with organizations that are doing similar work to ours, in order to amplify our shared mission and pool resources to have the most impact possible.

    Again, on behalf of the CCGBC Board of Directors, thank you for your support of CCGBC’s mission. As severe weather events and droughts become ever more frequent, we are adamant about decarbonizing our built environment while at the same time making it more resilient. We could not accomplish so much without your active support and participation!

    Wishing you a 2022 filled with peace, love, and sustainability.


    Cash Upton, 2022-2023 CCGBC Board President

  • 24 Jan 2022 2:33 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Danny Ettelson is Energy Projects Manager at Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara. There, he carries out programs and projects to accelerate the Central Coast's efforts to address climate change. These projects focus on building energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation electrification. Danny is a California native with a passion for bringing innovative and inclusive solutions for the climate crisis to fruition on the Central Coast. He holds a master's degree in Environmental Science and Management from the UCSB Bren School with a specialization in Energy and Climate. He and his fiance, who happens to be a local architect, love the Central Coast and it's wonderful combination of architectural excellence and environmental activism.

    Dave Intner, with Southern California Edition's Building Electrification and Codes & Standards team, is a Licensed Architect, LEED AP, and Certified Energy Manager. A graduate of Cal Poly SLO, Dave provides education and outreach supporting Building Decarbonization and Energy Code Compliance Improvement. He is a board member with USGBC Los Angeles and has served on the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA-TAG). He is a Past President of AIA Ventura County, and serves on the statewide AIA Committee on the Environment.  

  • 06 Jan 2022 10:26 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)
    • Left: CCGBC Board President Brandon Kaysen tallies up the lbs. of trash collected on Santa Claus Lane Beach on Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted and coordinated by Explore Ecology. We teamed up with Surf Happens and collected 77 lbs of trash along with 25 volunteers. 
    • Center: CCGBC Communications Director Eva Hogue and CCGBC Board Members Samantha Huntley and Candice Wong participated at our first in-person event of the year, NatureFest hosted by the Dana Adobe & Cultural Center in Nipomo. We brought plants provided by Clearwater Color Wholesale Nursery (Los Osos) and our BuildSMART Trailer.
    • Right: We teamed up with the Ventura College Architecture Department and AIA Santa Barbara to present our Green Building Speaker Series - virtual, monthly, hour-long presentations by professionals within the realm of green building. Topics were on a variety of subjects, such as electrification, solar, LEED certification & more! These presentations were worth 1 LU/HSW Credit for AIA Members, and were free to attend! If you missed a presentation, don't worry! They are available to watch on our YouTube Channel.


    • Left: CCGBC joined 1% for the Planet as a non-profit partner. This is an incredible opportunity, where we aim to network with businesses that have committed to giving 1% of their annual gross sales to environmental non-profits. 1% for the Planet has helped give to six core areas: climate, land, water, food, wildlife, and pollution. The built environment encompasses all of these areas. Our goal is to support and advocate for a healthier and more sustainable environment through the education and advocacy of green building design, construction, and operational excellence. 
    • Center: We have published two newsletters a month, sharing 150+ events, 50 local jobs, and a large range of green building resources with the CCGBC Community. 
    • Right: In November, CCGBC Board Member Natasha Elliott sold plants on behalf of the CCGBC at a mulch and compost giveaway hosted by the City of Ventura at Cornucopia Community Gardens. Natasha, a landscape designer, license landscape contractor, and EPA-certified Water Wise Designer, creates a healthier built environment through working with plants - "designing the built world with natural processes in mind creates more resilient and sustainable communities, thriving watersheds, and the opportunity to live in harmony with nature."

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