Thursday, April 19, 2007

Building a Green Structure from the Ground Up

An old friend of mine who has also been in the environmental movement for years just told me this week he's going to study straw bale house construction up north this summer. He reminded me about the Solar Living Institute in Mendicino County.
The Institute was started in Hopland by Real Goods founder John Schaeffer, when their original offices in San Francisco became too small for their growing company. The main building was designed by a favorite architect of mine Sim Van der Ryn, and David Arkin. The SLI has continued to develop its visions of living close to the earth, and their mission is to promote a healthy environment through education. They have programs that teach ecologically friendly design and landscape.
Looks like I'll have to take a trip up north soon to check the place out!

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