Thursday, April 3, 2008

Green Building for Commercial Structures

I attended a forum on green building for commercial and civic buildings today, organized by Sustainable Novato. The forum included an impressive panel of participants, including Geof Syphers of Sonoma Mountain Village (at right), a completely sustainable redevelopment project in Rohnert Park (Sonoma County, CA) and Mark Palmer, the Green Building Coordinator for the city of San Francisco.

Sonoma Mountain Village is an incredible $1 billion, 200-acre mixed-use community. They are planning on utilizing green building practices to “reduce the ecological footprint of the entire 1900-home community down to a truly sustainable” level. It is the first One Planet Community – a completely sustainably built community – being constructed in North America, and only the fourth in the world. They’re even using all of the resources found at the former computer factory site by tearing up old roads and recycling all the old roads to build new roads.

We also heard a presentation on the new California Academy of Sciences Building currently being built in Golden Gate Park, which will include a 3.5-acre grass roof surrounded by solar panels. For pictures, click here

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