Online event will showcase sustainable building practices
Courtesy of Marin County
Left and right, Marin County residents are working to reduce their carbon footprints. The Marin Green Home Tour, an online event set for Oct. 19-20, will be a prime opportunity to see what “green”-minded neighbors are doing to help the environment and address climate change.
Registration is open now for the virtual tour, which will include 8-minute video tours of 10 homes, plus short presentations by experts, links to relevant businesses, and useful resources. There will be plentiful ideas for new construction, remodels, retrofits, and low-cost, low-tech, DIY solutions for homeowners and renters. The tour will highlight energy features, water conservation strategies, and the use of recycled, repurposed, and sustainable building materials.
Marin’s buildings are responsible for as much as 34% of local greenhouse gas emissions, and both homeowners and renters are encouraged to explore opportunities to make their homes more energy-efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels. The Marin Green Home Tour shines a light on the proven strategies that residents can adopt for healthier, more comfortable homes, smaller energy bills, and improved indoor air quality.
Organizers believe the tour is a fun and effective way to inspire neighbors and speed the transition to a more sustainable future. The format relies on neighbor-to-neighbor education and hyperlocal resources. Governments are involved as well; many cities and counties worldwide have set ambitious climate action goals, including the County of Marin.
The virtual tour is organized by a coalition of public agencies, community organizations and individuals, with promotional support from the Marin County Community Development Agency’s Sustainability Team. Other partners include Sustainable Marin, MCE, Bitsa Freeman (Realtor), MarinCAN, Ongaro & Sons, Red Horse Constructors, SunFirst Solar, Bellows Service, Sustainable Novato, Orange Charger, Lucinda Otto (Realtor), SolarCraft Services, Electrify My Home, Soroptomist International, Fairfax Lumber, Marin Realtors, Healthier Dwelling, Kelly Plumbing & Heating, The Switch is On, QuitCarbon, City of Novato, and the towns of Larkspur, Fairfax, and San Anselmo. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are still open.
Stay connected with the Sustainability Team via on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, the event webpage for workshops and community events and the quarterly newsletter. Contact the office via email with questions on our programs or to request more information.