Thursday, April 29, 2010

May Events presents Green Your Home Workshop this Saturday May 1 from 10-11am at the Habitat for Humanity green prototype home.  Click here for more information.

Green Drinks National Webcast about Sustainable Food is Wednesday May 12. Click here for more information.

Green Drinks Las Vegas is Thursday May 13 6-7:30pm at Sun Cat Skylights. Click here for more information.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Renewable Power Rebates

Although the NV Energy rebate window for photovoltaics (PV) has closed*, Southern Nevada residents can still pursue green energy generation through wind power.  Local codes are still evolving to encourage residential and large-scale wind power installations.  Use the In My Backyard (IMBY) tool to estimate how much power your property can produce with PV or wind turbines.  Then contact a licensed contractor for more information.   Be aware that there are local ordinances governing the installation of wind turbines.  For example, in the City of Las Vegas, “small wind energy systems” are only allowed in certain residential districts zoned R-A, R-E and R-D and up to 100kW.  Check out Wind Power Nevada for some more background on current state and local laws.

WindGenerations and HydroGenerations are still accepting applications.  NV Energy is also now accepting more options for wind generators.  See their website for a listing of accepted certifications.
Learn more about electricity from wind for residential here.

*NV Energy’s SolarGenerations rebate program opened April 21, 2010 and exceeded capacity within six hours, and officially closed April 26.  They are currently reviewing applications to confirm eligibility.  Applications were accepted through Step 3 2012/2013. Check here for updates.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010

Happy 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Every April 22 since 1970, Earth Day creates awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. 
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Monday, April 12, 2010

We're DBE Certified with Nevada UCP

Our firm is pleased to announce Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification with the Nevada Unified Certification Program.  Our number is NV01238UCPN.  This follows an application and vetting process administered by NDOT.

This new status allows Anne Johnson, AIA to use the DBE certification to bid as a prime or subcontractor on projects with the Nevada Unified Certification Program (UCP).  The Nevada UCP is comprised of the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Commissions (RTC) for Washoe and Clark Counties and the Reno/Tahoe and McCarran Airports.

This latest certification is in addition to our self-certified status as a woman owned business with the Federal Government's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA).  [8/2012 update: CCR & ORCA have migrated to  Enter CAGE code 5NN25 (AJA) 8DPZ1 (SFS)]

Let us know how we can partner with you at (702) 553-3323, or send an email.

We are listed with NDOT and Federal CCR registration under the following codes:
SIC 8712 - architectural services
SIC 7336 - commercial art/graphic design
541310 - architectural services
541430 - graphic services
337214 - office furniture
541410 - interior design services
561499 - business support services
337212 - custom woodwork
C213 - general inspection (non-construction)
B545 - special studies/analysis - housing/community development
AB42 - community service/development: Urban (applied resarch/exploratory development)
TOO1 - photo/map/print/publication - arts/graphics

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Can Gardening Be Greener?

Yes, gardening can be even greener.  Maintaining a garden is a sustainable idea by itself:  Grow what you eat; travel a few steps to pick out dinner; connect with the food cycle.  Whether container gardening on a patio, or a raised bed in the backyard, growing your own food sustainably is achievable.

A few trends from for a more sustainable garden follow:
  1. Lifecycle and Environmental Impact - How much energy was consumed in a plant or product's transportation and if any recycled materials were used?   How much water was used in the production of a product?  What kinds of chemicals are used and how do they affect the soil, air and water?
  2. Water-wise Landscapes - Use drought-tolerant plants, and install drip irrigation systems instead of using conventional watering techniques.  Visit Springs Preserve for ideas.
  3. Plants for Wellness - Garden for the betterment of mental health, nutrition or fitness.  
  4. Mixing it Up - Maximize square footage with a mix and match approach--edibles with ornamentals is one example.  Learn more about Square Foot Gardening...
  5. Vegetable Gardens - Grow edible gardens, which include vegetables, berries, fruits, and herbs. 
  6. Less Lawn, More Flowers and Shrubs - Water-wise landscapes are essential in our desert.  
  7. Native Plants - Native plants, or "naturescaping" emphasizes plants that naturally grow in a given locale.  Since they're evolved to grow in those conditions, they require little artificial water or fertilizer, and are highly disease resistant.
Home Farming, or Urban Farming, aren't new ideas, they extend back to our human beginnings.  However in in the past five years or so, the concept has resurfaced in an organized fashion.  Organizations promoting the concept focus on education, hunger relief, and health and wellness.  More community gardens are popping up to provide food for individual families, food banks, and those unable to garden for themselves.  Here in the Las Vegas Valley, we have a couple of urban farming organizations: Project Angel Faces and Tonopah Community Garden.  Individuals can contribute excess crops, or manpower to their efforts.

As we enter the month of Earth Day, give home farming or community gardening a shot.  It's fun and delicious!