Happy Earth Day! WHY we need a Green New Deal NOW

Happy Earth Day! WHY we need a Green New Deal NOW
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Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the next few generations of the human race. The more information one acquires the more daunting it feels. It is said that we have 12 years before climate change will cause irreversible damage to the bulk of life on this planet. It seems that every time we hear these predictions a year goes by and not enough has changed
and our time keeps getting shorter. For example, almost every report that has been published in the last two years predicting how fast the ice will melt has been surpassed by a new report that states how much quicker it is currently receding. Climate deniers such as Trump are slowing down the progress that is dire for the survival of an inhabitable Earth. This has an impact on beautiful places like and around the Bay Area. It puts the beaches in San Francisco at risk, as well as the beaches in Marin.

The green new deal was presented to Congress a few weeks ago as a lofty goal encompassing many of the features that would benefit humans and the planet in the long run. Yet it is being challenged as “socialist”, liberal conspiracy or impossible to pay for. This is the argument that has been posed over and over whenever any environmental issues are presented. It is said that it is going to kill jobs it’s going to hurt the economy it’s impossible for the automakers to meet the mileage goals, on and on with the complaints.

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Undeveloped 110-acre Tiburon Ridge property for sale for $110 million- The ARK

The ARK published an update of the controversial Martha Property litigation. Will having a single buyer wanting to build a single home fair better for Tiburon Open Space? Or will it leave the door open for the new owner to sell some of the property to developers? The fight continues as non-profit groups such as TRUST, LCOTNA and TOSC try to find a way to purchase the land, preserving it for good.

Read the full article from The Ark here

 

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Richard Wodehouse Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

In this article from the Wall Street Journal yesterday, October 24th, Richard is quoted below the second picture as the president of TRUST (Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails). He is discussing the lawsuit to preserve the trails in Tiburon that are currently at risk of being developed. The proposal is for 43 homes to be built which would not only make the trails unusable to the public, it would destroy the trails and a large portion of the surrounding wildlife.

See the article here

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INTRODUCTION TO SERIES ON BUILDING SCIENCE

Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a series of articles on practical applications of what has come to be known as “Building Science”.  Yes, there is such a term.  “They don’t build them like they used to” is quite true, but in a good way, we build much better now.

We have learned so much since the days of the log cabin in the real old days, and Sears kit houses which symbolized the emergence of fast and efficient building techniques after WW2.  Every year there are new products offered by an industry that has a world wide market.

In North America we build primarily with wood because that is a resource we have available.  In more Southern countries cement and masonry are the  dominant building materials.  High-rise buildings are made primarily of steel.

The concepts of preventing moisture infiltration, of creating healthy and comfortable buildings is similar in all.  What is important is a thorough understanding of how to combine materials so as to prevent holes.  Holes that allow water to enter or air to both enter or exit uncontrolled.

In the evolution of building techniques we have both improved our buildings in terms of energy efficiency, and at the same time created some flaws such as trapping moisture.  We have made our buildings more comfortable but at the same time sealed in some very harmful chemicals.

That is where building science comes in, it is the well studied concept of best practices.  It is how to have an energy efficient comfortable and healthy building. Topics this series will cover:

  • We will address what constitutes a high performance building or home.  
  • We will learn how to avoid the pitfalls of moisture build-up and mold creation.
  • We will learn why we now split insulation into both inside and outside the wall to create what is called CI or Continuous Insulation. 
  • We will learn why we want to think of a building enclosure, and not building envelope.

Due to the horrific fires suffered by so many residents of California in the last year, we will also cover ways of lessening vulnerability to fire. For example, we are finding fire often entered attics through vents and started burning the roof structure from the inside.

In the next issues you will find information on:

  • Thermal movement control in homes (heat and cold)
  • Water barriers and rain screens that allow the building’s skin to breathe but repel water
  • Various new products that are worth considering in new construction
  • Fire prevention measures
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Help Save Tiburon Trails

About TRUST:

We are Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails or “TRUST”. We are an unincorporated, nonprofit association fiscally sponsored by MarinLink.

The TRUST mission is to protect, preserve, and promote public access to and use of local trails and open space areas on the Tiburon ridge through advocacy, conservation, and community engagement.

We will be holding two Community Meetings:

Tiburon Council Chambers, 1505 Tiburon Blvd. The

dates for the meetings are:

Monday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m.

and

Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m.

We want to bring you, and our community members up to date on our efforts to preserve the existing trails on the open space on the Tiburon Ridge.

If you can’t make it to one of these meetings at the

Council Chambers, we are also hosting a house party on:

Wednesday, July 25 at 6:15 p.m. 

Let us know you are coming by emailing us at

[email protected] or calling us at 805-404-6768,

we will give you the address and directions to our

house party.

Some details:

Several key trails adjacent to St. Hillary’s Open Space are being threatened by the prospect of private development which, as currently proposed, does not guarantee future access to the trails by the public. This includes portions of the Ridge Trail, the iconic Spanish Trail, and even Founder’s Rock.

We have brought a legal action in Marin Superior Court in an effort to preserve public access to these trails. We need your help to ensure a successful outcome. At these meetings, you can get the answers to questions you might have and learn ways in which you can make a difference. Please come and support this important cause.

Visit the TRUST website at www.tiburontrails.org

for more detailed information.

House Party

RSVP to [email protected] or 805-404-6768

Upon receiving your RSVP, we will send you the address and directions.

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