Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Marin Green Drinks mixers on November 11th at Lotus Cuisine of India

North Bay friends and colleagues please join me tomorrow in San Rafael for Marin Green Drinks!
Join us on Tuesday November 11, 2014, at 5:30 PM at Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael, California.

Carla Koop of the San Rafael Clean Program will present on their program, Litter Free Business - Take the Pledge!

"Businesses throughout San Rafael are joining together to beautify and reinvigorate the business corridors, creating a more inviting and environmentally friendly shopping experience for their customers and the community. See how you can be a part of the Team." 
See you there!

Monday, April 14, 2014


POST YOUR EVENT ON MyEarthDayMarin.org

Hosting an Earth Day Service Project!

Time for Earth Day 2014!

The My Earth Day Marin Coalition would like to invite you to:

Host a Service Project and announce it on the My Earth Day Marin website!

If your organization is planning to conduct a service project (e.g. litter pickup, creek cleanup, trail rebuilding, broom removal, planting natives), posting your project on this FREE website will make you part of a larger county-wide effort

To be recognized in this County-wide effort, here is what you need to do:

1) Click here and fill out the form completely.

2) When you have completed your service project, please let us know how many volunteers showed up at your site and how many bags of trash or recyclables you collected.
You can do this by simply contacting the Centerfor Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
at Tel 415 448-0333 or emailing volunteermarin@cvnl.org .

The My Earth Day Marin Coalition encourages Marin County groups to get involved and be of service.  By posting your project on this free website, you will increase the visibility of your project and potentially add new volunteers for your organization!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Richard Wodehouse offers Residential construction manager, owner's representative services.

Richard Wodehouse is an owner’s project manager in Marin County with numerous honor and merit awards including the Colorado Association of Homebuilders 2000 Builder of the Year. As an owner’s project manager in Tiburon and Belvedere he oversees construction projects of all sizes for an efficiency and budget, eco certification, and to give home owners peace of mind. Richard has more than 35 years of experience as a fine home builder in California and Colorado.

Working on behalf of the homeowner, an owner’s project manager detects problems before they occur, reduces costs, prevents delays, and manages subcontractors. Having an owner’s project manager allows you to confidently approach projects such as new home construction, eco renovations, making the additions you’ve always wanted, or installing features to increase property values. Architects and realtors are an integral part of the process, and Richard can work directly on new construction projects. Richard is also certified to help implement cost effective green building measures. By utilizing Richard as an owner’s project manager, you save time and prevent costly delays through his hands-on, experienced management. Throughout the project, and afterwards, Richard will be your trusted and fair advisor.

Owner’s Project Management
Large commercial construction has always used a project manager; residential construction of all sizes is just realizing the benefit of a project manager for the same reasons. As a project manager, Richard evaluates schedule, and aid in the selection of subcontractors to give you more time and peace of mind. With years of experience, he can detect problems before they occur, forecast budgets in advance, and can compare costs across suppliers. Richard Wodehouse is also certified to suggest green building options where appropriate. You’ll receive weekly project updates, a project calendar so you can plan visits at key decision-making times, and a trustworthy personal advisor.

An owner’s project manager will give appropriate information and advice so that the owner can make informed decisions and maintain control of the project and spend his money wisely. By coordinating, guiding and monitoring that the entire team is working towards like objectives problems are averted, delays are prevented and risks are reduced, therefore substantial money is saved.

The number of hours necessary and appropriate to perform the duties required on a project to be determined as project evolves. Owner can request additional work, or lessen amount of work, or terminate the work of the OR at all times. Payment arrangements to be agreed upon by Owner and OR.

Little risk for you since Richard is paid hourly and the amount of involvement is decided by you, shortly after his involvement you can determine the valued he is bringing to the project.

Your investment in time will be repaid in a short time by giving you added confidence and peace of mind with verification that your project is proceeding the way it should.

Though it’s best to have a project manager throughout the process, there are three distinct stages during which Richard can help you:

Richard believed that his skill is to bring a meditative influence to a conflict to help people engage constructively, which will result in a satisfactory and permanent closing of the case. After a 33 year career as a builder of fine homes and light commercial buildings, He is now focus on construction project management and serve as a professional mediator.

Construction Resolution Experience
In 33 years spent creating architecturally challenging structures he have mediated one hundred disputes between highly invested, sometimes highly emotional individuals.  He has worked out very interesting and complex solutions between:

Owners and sub-contractors

Subcontractors and other subs on the same site

Subcontractors and their own employees working at sites

Employees with each other

Employees to company leadership

These conflicts carry the added urgency of adverse impact on the schedule for the entire project if not addressed and resolved within a day or two.

I work with you, the architect, to create a harmonious green construction project with your client. Working together, I give you reliable, authoritative input that is relevant to your current design, resulting in a “menu” of green features to present to your client. Take confidence that the products and features you implement meet green building standards and your project. In addition to decades of working with architects as a contractor, I’ve also served as a consultant in green building for residential projects for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

During the permitting and planning approval process we can work to identify:

Deconstruction and salvage

Impact of trucks on site and surroundings

Tracking Feedback

Compliance with Cal Green, Green Point Rated

Passive House Energy Standard

Living Building Challenge

LEED for homes

Building science

Controlled ventilation

Whole house systems

Indoor air quality

Lower maintenance

Reduced climate impact and lower bills

Recycling on-site

After construction I offer a specialized, unique Owner’s Manual which details for the client the location, use, and emergency shut-off for the green features and regular features such as power and gas.

The savings to your client will more than cover my costs.

With 37 years of experience with fine homes, Richard has a history of working with realtors and architects to meet client needs.

When you have a client that is interested in a piece of property that includes the possibility of remodeling or new construction, contact Richard and he can advise you on what is feasible, the corresponding budgets, and the reasonable timeline.

Richard will use his experience in building more than 100 projects, many of them high-end, and in all kinds of settings. Your clients can make informed decisions about their dream property.

Richard is using his vast experience and knowledge gained in 37 years of building architecturally demanding projects in California and Colorado helping owners in the role of an Owner’s Project Manager. It is the OR’s role to provide guidance and information to eliminate uncertainties and ensure the Owner’s best interests are at the heart of every decision made and attempt ensure the best products and practices are employed.

Richard E. Wodehouse started as a custom builder in San Diego County, California, where he quickly gained a reputation as being one of the area’s finest contractors. After 15 years, he established operations in Telluride, Colorado. Known for his ability to successfully complete architecturally-challenging projects, Richard developed a close working relationship with both world-renowned and local architects. In 1999, he opened a second office in Aspen, Colorado. Richard now lives in Marin County where he is a construction project manager.

Richard’s projects have been featured in such magazines as Architectural Record, Custom Builder, Remodeling Ideas, Progressive Architecture, Colorado Homes & Life-Styles, Telluride Style, and Sojourner Magazine. Richard was named Colorado’s “Builder of the Year” for 2000, and has received numerous national and regional awards for his efforts in Green Building.

Richard is a national speaker and often contributes articles to local newspapers on various Green Building topics. He is an avid sailor, river kayaker, and motorcyclist. Richard is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

For project management and mediation services contact Richard Wodehouse at 415-944-0278.  http://www.richardwodehouse.com/

Monday, November 4, 2013

Regional Complementary Currency for the Bay Area

What: You are invited learn about a regional complementary currency for the Bay Area

When: Thursday, November 21st  2013

Time:  9:30 to 11:00~  Refreshments will be served

Where: MarinLink offices at Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Mall Ste 250,  San Rafael  (Mezzanine)

Cost:  FREE~ Space is limited~ Please RSVP to Nancy Boyce nancy@marinlink.org   415-472-0211

Bay Bucks is a barter-trade exchange and a complementary currency for the SF Bay Area. We help local businesses cut costs and increase revenue while building local resilience.

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What is Bay Bucks?

Bay Bucks is a regional currency that aims to foster economic justice and resilience in the greater Bay Area. It solves the problem of the lack of cash in communities, which causes a downward poverty spiral. It also democratizes money as it enables participating members to create Bay Bucks as and when they need it. The money each member creates is backed by their own goods and services. Bay Bucks is not convertible to US dollars. This means 100% of Bay Bucks re-circulates in the region to build local prosperity.

We launched in Jan 2013 in San Francisco, and already have more than 100 local businesses in our network. They include: medical doctor, jeweler, bookkeeper, organic fair trade coffee, web developer, baker, marketing consultant, caterer, holiday rentals, business signs, architect, and many more. Most of our members are in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Bay Bucks and Marin
We would like to roll out Bay Bucks to local businesses in Marin. Marin is critical to the success of a regional currency because it is the agricultural powerhouse in the Bay Area. In turn, we will be able to connect Marin based businesses to businesses in the greater Bay Area and help create a regional collaborative network.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tree Service, Tree Removal, Landscaping by Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc

Got Green? We're Here to Help!

Established in 2007, Sonoma-Marin Arborists Inc. is a small, woman-owned, licensed tree and landscaping company offering certified arborist consultation, certified line clearance arborists, a licensed timber operator, CCO, and master green building professional service in the 6th year of their operation. With over 20 years experienced in the field, SMArborists explore green waste recovery and salvage opportunities while delivering quality, communication, & craftsmanship.

Sonoma-Marin Arborists Services:
  • Licensed Tree Service
  • Stump Removal
  • Landscaping Contractor
  • Tree Trimming
  • Hazard tree assessment from trimming to total tree removal
  • Certified Line Clearance Arborists
  • Salvaged Redwood lumber for sale from saw logs
  • Large-scale brush chipping with excavator
  • Invasive species, tall grass, weed mowing & mastication
  • Tractor & excavator work
  • Hauling of wood & chips
  • Certified Line Clearance Arborist
  • Class A commercial trucking license & 65 foot rear mount bucket truck
  • Crane services with Ad-Lite Crane & Precision Crane Services
  • On-site wood milling available
  • Tree mulching for overall health & vigor
  • Firebreaks done in participation with local fire & fuel load specialists
  • Overseeing spraying for SOD
  • Tree assessment in conjunction with Consulting Arborists
  • Safety pruning with regard to high target & traffic areas
  • Fast response to storm emergencies

Trees and the land are integral parts of the ecosystems that SMArborists advocate for, but they also view them, in a much broader sense, as directly interconnected to our larger planet, as a whole.

The most exciting & rewarding part of SMA’s tree & landscaping projects is seeing the benefits of proper tree & land care, with regards to sustainability, aesthetics, & the multifaceted functionality of trees, plants, & earth, well placed. The Sonoma Marin Arborists are working for the Planet!

Proper tree care is necessary. It should be done by a licensed arborist. They are specialists in proper trimming of trees. Pruning or removal can be dangerous. We can help!

For tree service and landscaping contact Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc. at 415-455-8733. Visit http://www.smarborists.com.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Going Mobile!

Was your small business or nonprofit website built before 2012? Back then mobile sites were not required for business.

This has changed in the last year. Over half of all internet searches are now done on mobile devices.

If your site does not respond to the size of the device screen or does not have a mobile version then it is time to upgrade!

There are several ways to get a mobile-friendly site, from a site with a responsive design to a separate quick-loading mobile-friendly version.

Please contact Kahl Consultants if you would like to learn more about your options and the costs.

Monday, February 4, 2013

San Francisco Bay, Marin wetlands get international designation aimed at protection

The San Francisco Bay estuary and many associated wetlands in Marin have been added to a list of protected areas under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.

Ramsar Convention officials on Friday announced the U.S. government had added the bay as the nation's 35th "wetland of importance" under the treaty. The designation takes effect Saturday, World Wetlands Day.
While the designation will not result in new legally-binding protections for wildlife and habitat in the bay, it does focus international pressure on agencies to step up conservation efforts and may lead to additional funding for wetland restoration. The designation also means the country is committed to not promoting projects that alter designated ecosystems.

"This designation should be a point of pride for anyone living in the larger San Francisco Bay Area," said Beth Huning, coordinator of the Marin-based San Francisco Bay Joint Venture. "Despite intense urban pressures, San Francisco Bay nonetheless endures as one of our country's great natural treasures." There are a number of waterways and wetlands in Marin that are part of the designation: Richardson Bay, Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve, Marin Islands, Petaluma Marsh (which includes Bahia), Angel Island, China Camp, parts of Olampali, Bel Marin Keys, Simmons Slough, Tiscornia Marsh, Triangle Marsh, San Rafael tidelands, Beach Park, Gallinas Marsh, Pickleweed Park and a number of other smaller sites.

San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary — about 400,000 acres — on the Pacific Coast and it is widely recognized as one of North America's most ecologically important estuaries. It accounts for 77 percent of California's remaining wetlands, providing key habitat for a broad suite of flora and fauna — over 1,000 species of animals, including native and conservation status species, including wintering shorebirds. It also provides a range of ecological services such as flood protection, water quality maintenance, nutrient filtration and cycling, and carbon sequestration.

Melissa Pitkin, spokeswoman for PRBO Conservation Science — the former Point Reyes Bird Observatory — said decades of research led to this designation.

In 1998 the Bolinas Lagoon was given a similar designation. That body of water is home to 23 rare, threatened and endangered species and 50,000 migratory birds that come though every year.

"It is a great day for the bay and a gesture of promise for its future protection," Hunning said of the designation of San Francisco Bay. "We have entered an era of restoration, a renaissance of the bay."