USGBC California 30 Days of Advocacy

On April 8th, as part of the launch of USGBC-California, the Advocacy + Policy Team kicked off our ‘30 Days of Advocacy’ Campaign in which USGBC California and USGBC National have joined forces to promote a month-long advocacy activities around high-performance buildings and climate action across the state, in parallel with California Green Building Advocacy Day taking place … Read more

2024 North Bay Zero Waste Symposium Keynotes Announced

Anne-Marie Bonneau, the Zero-Waste Chef, and Brock Dolman, co-founder and program director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, will keynote a full day of speakers. Rohnert Park, CA | March 23, 2024 The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Redwood Empire Chapter proudly announces its role as the fiscal sponsor for the highly anticipated 2024 North … Read more

High School Hut to Hut

Practical understanding: Students from at least three high schools enroll in a CTE construction or STEAM, project-based course to build a “high school hut-to-hut” experience.  Over the course of one year (preferably) they design and build hut accommodations and decide on a trail system on which to place them. The huts may be tiny homes … Read more

USGBC Redwood Empire Supports Program Teaching Youth Skills

The US Green Building Council, Redwood Chapter to Grant the LIME Foundation $10,000 to Support Green Building Programs for Youth Sebastopol, CA | October 18, 2023 The US Green Building Council, Redwood Chapter, is pleased to announce that it will be granting the LIME Foundation $10,000 to support its green building programs for youth and its … Read more

Bruce Hammond Interview with Claudia Cleaver (REC-USGBC)

4/5/23 1.The science and practice of green building has changed since you first built your own sustainable house at Oak Springs so many years ago. What are the most exciting changes you see in the field and what would you change about your own house? Sustainable building practices and opportunities for green construction solutions have come … Read more

Retrofit Guide for Hardening Your Home

What are the specific things to be done when you want to retrofit your home for fire safety? There’s a guidebook that outlines the specifics of what to do. FIRESafe MARIN was awarded a grant by CSAA Insurance Group to develop a custom home hardening education program and guidebook for California Residents. The Retrofit Guide … Read more

Rethinking How We Manage Forests

Here in Sonoma County, it was not until 2017 that we began to really dread October and November as “Fire Season”. Now when the wind blows strongly out of the North East we feel hyper alert, remembering the traumas of recent Autumns. We wonder, “Why are the fires so much worse? Is it only the … Read more

Fire Ecology and Wildfire Risk Reduction

Fire ecology is a scientific discipline that “focuses on the origins of wildland fire and its relationship to the environment that surround it, both living and non-living,” (source: Pacific Biodiversity Institute). Climate change (which is causing more extreme heat, droughts, and other adverse conditions) is affecting the fire ecology of many western states, including California. … Read more

How to Help Your Home Survive a Wildfire

Now that wildfires are occurring with increased frequency in Northern California, people are asking “What can I do to help my home survive a wildfire?”. Whether you are building a new home, adding on to an existing home, or rebuilding from a previous fire, there are some basic things to know about building in areas … Read more