Event Title:

San Francisco Guild #GE101020A


Sponsored By:

Build It Green

Event Date/Time:

Start: 10/20/2010 5:30:00 PM
End: 10/20/2010 8:00:00 PM




Please note new location for this month: Woodshanti Cooperative


Oct 20, 2010 2:00 PM
Oct 20, 2010 2:00 PM

Event Deadline:

10/20/2010 14:00

Event Notes:

Topic:  2011 Guild Planning Parties - You are Invited!

Description:  Please join us for a festive evening to determine the presentation topics for the 2011 Guild Calendar Year. We encourage everyone to be involved in helping to shape the topics for all of the San Francisco Guild Meetings.

What:  We will duplicate the brainstorming and voting exercises from previous years, which have resulted in high-quality and relevant presentations. Please help us keep the San Francisco Guild on the forefront of green building education by attending and sharing what you want to learn about!

What If I Can't Attend?
If you cannot attend the Planning Party, but want to propose a topic OR if you want to present at one of our Guilds, you must submit your topic before the Planning Party.  All final decisions will be made at each party and so we strongly encourage you to attend so that you can best represent your topic idea. 
Submit a Topic Proposal Form by noon on Wednesday, October 20th for the San Francisco Guild.  If you want your topic to be considered for ALL of the Guilds, please be sure to note that on the form.
If you cannot attend the Party but would like to be part of a Presentation Team, we will post the list of brainstormed topics for each Guild as well as the contact information for the Presentation Team Lead on our website.  It will be your responsibility to contact them directly.

Who Should Attend
We invite all green building professional community members (green building professionals, suppliers, real estate professionals, public agency representatives etc.) to play a larger role in the planning and organization of the Guild presentations, so please forward this invitation to your colleagues as well.

What To Do
Start thinking about the topics you would like to learn more about and/or offer next year. And please plan on attending the October Planning Party for the Guild that you primarily attend so that we can better offer the topics you want to learn about in 2011.

In addition to providing your input, you can also help coordinate the Guild presentations, if you want to be more involved. Folks can volunteer to form ‘Presentation Teams’, which are responsible for organizing the actual Guild presentation (contacting speakers, determining content and direction, providing handouts etc.).  Presentation Team members will receive free admission to the Guild meeting as well as promotion on Build It Green’s website and on our Guild announcements.

Schedule:  Please note we’ve extended the time.
5:30-6:00:  Sign In / Networking Exercise
6:00-8:00:  Facilitated Discussion (we will start promptly)

    * Review topics covered in 2010
    * Brainstorming Exercise for 2011 Topics of Interest
    * Vote for ‘Top Picks’ in each category
    * 'Presentation Teams' formed
    * Presentation Teams meet / submit contact information /
    * Final Presentations Decisions Confirmed
    * Review presentation scheduling deadlines

8:00pm:  Wrap-Up / Free Raffle Prize Drawing

Registration:  Please preregister by 2pm on Wednesday, October 20th.

This meeting is FREE to all and Build It Green will provide a light dinner. We’d like to encourage a festive atmosphere for this meeting and so folks are welcome to bring their favorite wine, beer and/or dessert to the party to share.
Transportation Tips:   Public transit options are the Third Street Rail Line, and catch the #23 Muni bus to the corner of Palou & Griffith.  Also the #23 comes directly from the Glen Park Bart Station. 

Build It Green encourages carpooling to our events and we recommend posting comments in the section below to make arrangements with other attendees. 
Things To Bring:  Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for networking purposes.    


Event Comments:


Speaker Information:

Brent Bucknum, Hyphae Design Lab
Brent Bucknum founded the Hyphae Design Lab in 2008, an ecological engineering firm, based in West Oakland’s former wetlands. They pride themselves on pushing the envelope to develop highly innovative biologically focused greywater and rainwater systems, but also to work diligently to design and engineer permitted greywater and rainwater systems, which includes the collaborative process with building departments and environmental health officials. They have successfully permitted some of the “first” greywater or rainwater systems in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties and are currently working to permit systems in, Marin, Los Angeles, Mendocino and San Diego Counties.

Laura Allen, Greywater Action
Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action, formerly called the Greywater Guerrillas. She has degrees in Environmental Science and education, and has spent a decade designing, installing, and teaching about backyard, simple greywater systems.  Under the new California greywater code, homeowners can install simple and legal greywater irrigation systems. 

Roger Rushing, City of Berkeley
Roger Rushing has been a contractor for 25 years, a building inspector for 9 years, for the last year and a half he has been the Senior Green Building Inspector for the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development in City of Berkeley.  In that position he has been providing green building consultations and working to facilitate the permitting of greywater systems and rain water collection and other green technologies such as green roofs and domestic fuel cell electrical generation and developing rainwater collection policy.  


Contact Name:

  Michele Brown

Contact Phone:

  510-590-3360 ext 105

Contact Fax:

  (510) 590-3361

Contact Email:



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