Sep 10, 201209:00 AMPoint of View
A Taste of Bay Area Green
Boucher Grygier Shipping Container House, Innovation and Transition tour, photo courtesy of Jan GrygierFrom giant redwoods to adaptive reuse, San Francisco is chock full of memorable sights – green buildings and beyond. At USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held in San Francisco this November, you can sample from two dozen tours of buildings (and much more), specially curated by San Fran insiders. Every year, the Greenbuild “host committee” of volunteers from USGBC’s regional chapters organizes a series of tours to help visitors learn more about the community and the buildings and the culture of each host locale. This year’s lineup is really impressive. The tour committee, led by Lindsay Baker (Green Team Consultant at Mary Davidge Associates) and Mark Palmer (Green Building Coordinator at City and County of San Francisco), has handpicked 12 half-day tours on Friday and Saturday, plus 12 full-day tours on Saturday.
David Brower Center, Berkeley Walking Tour, photo courtesy of Tim GriffithBaker: “I’m psyched about the Green Historic Office Preservation tour. It’s a fantastic group of buildings—renovated structures in San Francisco and Oakland. To me, adaptive reuse is a really important area, so I think this is important. It may not be as glamorous as the wineries, but I think there are a great many lessons to be learned from those spaces.” Walk in the Woods’ tour, exploring the redwoods in Santa Cruz! Who doesn’t want to take this tour? It’s not a building, but it’s an important part of our place, to be sure. Another one that comes to mind is the “Life North of the Golden Gate” tour, which includes two residential properties that would not normally be something you could see, plus Marin Country Day School. It’s a fun mix.” Greenbuild site, which we recommend you visit to learn more. Kira Gould is Director of Communications with William McDonough + Partners and co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing 2007).