Calendar of Events

Having fun with a great audience at the Dwell Show today! Thank you USGBC-LA for the invitation to speak.
by Robert Fortunato on June 25th, 2016 No Comments »
Green Idea House Presenting at the Dwell Show this Weekend!
by Robert Fortunato on June 19th, 2016 No Comments »

Want to see how Affordable, Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon is Possible Today?   Join us at the Dwell Show this Saturday the 25th at 2:30 – 3:30pm.
We will again be presenting at the Dwell Show by invitation of the USGBC-LA.  We  appreciate the opportunity and look forward to seeing you there. 
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Want to see what affordable, practical, Net Zero Energy and Zero Carbon living looks like?
by Robert Fortunato on June 9th, 2016 No Comments »

Join us this Saturday at 10am for an exterior tour of the Green Idea House.  For the fourth year in a row will be part of the EPN Green South Bay Tour.
Learn:
Why the electric utility pays us to run our house and car
Why it cost less to build and operate
How
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Speaking about the Green Idea House at the Municipal Green Building Conference
by Robert Fortunato on April 17th, 2016 No Comments »

It is an honor to again be speaking at the MGBCE this Thursday, April 21st.  This is one of my favorite events because I learned so much about sustainable building practices and met so many great people over the past 10 years. 
It is truly one of the best events
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Giving the Gift of Knowledge
by Robert Fortunato on December 20th, 2014 No Comments »

150 students from the Environmental Charter High School came for a tour of the Green Idea House this week. ECHS has made this tour part of their curriculum and the 9th grader’s semester project. It is always great to see the student’s eyes light up as they start to understand:

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School District Uses Solar to Save $700,000 Per Year – a.k.a more money for kids!
by Robert Fortunato on October 12th, 2014 No Comments »

My fellow U.S.Green Building Council Steering Committee members pulled together an excellent program this week.  It featured the leadership of Dr. Steven E. Keller, Superintendent of Schools for Redondo Beach, and his team who described how the district reduced energy costs by $600- $800k/ year!  The system will have a
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One More Day to GIH TEDx! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone we gave you the promo code!
by Robert Fortunato on September 11th, 2014 No Comments »

 
Robert was honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk on the Green Idea House tomorrow, Friday September 12th. You can still get tickets at:  http://tedxredondobeach.com/events/upcomingevents and the promo code RUHSLimits will get you $5 off the ticket price.
The theme “Beyond Limits” is perfect. It gives us the opportunity to share the
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Last Day to Get TEDx Early Bird Discount!
by Robert Fortunato on September 5th, 2014 No Comments »

Robert was honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk on the Green Idea House on Friday September 12th. The theme “Beyond Limits” is perfect. It gives us the opportunity to share the surprising untold backstory of how a community came together to go beyond limits and accomplish what
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TEDx Helps Helps Rediscover One of the Most Well Written Letters
by Robert Fortunato on August 29th, 2014 No Comments »

The preparation for the TEDx talk is causing us to dredge through 17 years of material that relates to the project.  But the story line is clear – a community came out to support big, impossible ideas and helped bring them to fruition.
Just one example is the beautifully written letter of recommendation
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TEDx “Beyond Limits” Features Green Idea House!
by Robert Fortunato on August 12th, 2014 1 Comment »

Robert was honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk on the Green Idea House on Friday September 12th. The theme “Beyond Limits” is perfect. It gives us the opportunity to share the surprising untold backstory of how a community came together to go beyond limits and accomplish what
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Graumman’s Chinese Theater Welcomes “The Future of Energy”
by Robert Fortunato on June 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Monica and Carter were honored to be invited to Graumman’s Chinese Theater over the weekend.  The world premiere of the film “The Future of Energy” features our very own Green Idea House!  The filmmakers and other participants in the film did a wonderful job explaining how renewable energy is cleaner,
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You Made a Difference!
by Robert Fortunato on March 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Thanks to all of you, an unprecedented 20 people spoke at Friday’s Strategic Planning session, 164 people signed the petition and 10 people wrote letters to council in support of Hermosa Beach being the first city to harvest as much renewable energy as it uses.  Even though we could not
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Last Chance to be First
by Robert Fortunato on March 5th, 2014 No Comments »

Scaling up the Green Idea House concept, Hermosa Beach has the opportunity to be the first Carbon Neutral City in Southern California and reap the economic, health and environmental benefits that go with it.
The vote is on Friday morning, so please make your voices heard so we don’t miss this
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Speaking of the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on March 4th, 2014 No Comments »

Robert is honored to be one of the speakers at the 9th Annual EOH Technical Symposium “Energy Alternatives for California’s Future: Environmental Health Aspects.” March 5, 2014 California State University, Northridge. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., USU Northridge Center
A description of the conference is below and an agenda can be found at:
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Green Idea House Energy Bill Incites Photo Frenzy During Japanese Delegation Tour!
by Robert Fortunato on January 26th, 2014 4 Comments »

We were honored to have a delegation from the Japanese government (that came all the way from Japan!)  tour the Green Idea House.  As a result of the tsunami and nuclear reactor incident in Fukashima, the Japanese want all their buildings to work like the Green Idea House, making more
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Braving the Winter Weather, More Policy Makers Tour the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Better than Santa’s elves, Building Commissioners Peter Hoffman, PhD and Michael Flaherty braved the elements and their holiday schedules to tour of the Green Idea House today.  The Building Commissioners were interested in understanding how we designed and built a Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon house for less cost than standard
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Policy Makers Tour the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 16th, 2013 No Comments »

Very happy to have City Council Members Nanette Barragan and Hany Fangary tour of the Green Idea House yesterday.  The Council Members were interested in understanding how we designed and built a Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon house for less cost than standard construction using off the shelf technologies that are
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Notebooks in Hand, 150 Environmental Charter High School Students Descend on the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 9th, 2013 No Comments »

We were honored to have the award winning Environmental Charter High School request a tour of our Green Idea House.  The students arrived as promised, 75 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon.  When we asked the students why they were interested in touring the Green Idea House, without
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Speaking about the Green Idea House at the Solar Decathlon on Saturday!
by Robert Fortunato on October 4th, 2013 No Comments »

Robert is honored to be speaking about the Green Idea House at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon at the Great Park in Irvine on Saturday at 1pm – 2pm.
At this FREE event that is open to the public, teams from all over the world assemble sustainable houses on site
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Join us at Beverly Hills Hotel where Robert will be telling the Green Idea House story to the Legal Marketing Association: http://lmalaconference.la/
by Robert Fortunato on September 24th, 2013 No Comments »

Breaking Through Stasis: leadership and strategy lessons from the Green Idea House that you can apply to your firm
This is the story of a professional services consultant who was catapulted into a seven year adventure of breaking paradigms in the building industry.   Realizing that it was just too difficult for the
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Facilitating a Green Building Class at UCLA Tonight!
by Robert Fortunato on July 10th, 2013 No Comments »

Honored to be teaching the Green Building segment of Mark Kowalczyk’s Construction Management Class at UCLA tonight.  Sat in on the first class and was impressed with Mark’s acumen as well as the level of architect, contractor and project manager students in the room.  Will be fun relaying the thought
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Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Inspirational!
by Robert Fortunato on June 15th, 2013 No Comments »

We were honored to be invited to share perspectives at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting inChicagothis past week.  The meeting was hosted by President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Clinton Foundation Board Member Chelsea Clinton.
More than 1,000 people attended the
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Attending Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting this Week!
by Robert Fortunato on June 11th, 2013 No Comments »

We are honored to be invited to share perspectives at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting in Chicago June 13–14. CGI America will be hosted by President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Clinton Foundation Board Member Chelsea Clinton.
About CGI America
The Clinton
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Speaking at the Dwell on Design Show Saturday, June 22nd!
by Robert Fortunato on May 26th, 2013 No Comments »

We are looking forward to telling the Green Idea House story at the Dwell On Design Show in the LA convention Center on Saturday June 22nd.
We have always been huge architecture and design fans and have been going to the show for years.  That is where we first met many
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Earth Day Activities and Two More Opportunities to Learn about the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on April 23rd, 2013 No Comments »

It was an honor speaking about the Green Idea House on Earth Day at the very august Los Angeles City Hall.   The organizers did an excellent job with the program (see attached) and it was a pleasure having friends and supporters of the project like Dency Nelson, Professor Marcella Oliva, Lillian
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100% Renewable Energy Conference Inspires
by Robert Fortunato on April 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Robert had the opportunity to speak about the Green Idea House at the 100% Renewable Energy Conference in San Francisco this week.  His fellow speakers were extraordinary and included San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee.  Mayor Lee reaffirmed that his city is on track to be zero waste AND 100% renewable
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Two Great Events this Month
by Robert Fortunato on April 15th, 2013 No Comments »

There will be two opportunities to hear more about the Green Idea House – and a lot of other great topics this month:
April 16th (tomorrow!) in San Francisco- Robert will be speaking at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference.  There are still a few tickets left. For more information and
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Green Idea House Officially Dedicated!
by Robert Fortunato on April 7th, 2013 1 Comment »

We were honored to have Ed Begley Jr, Dency Nelson and 10 other wonderful speakers at the Green Idea House dedication ceremony yesterday.  http://www.greenideahouse.com/news/calendar/you-are-invited-join-ed-begley-jr-in-hermosa-beach-for-the-green-idea-house-dedication-ceremony/
Special thanks to Councilman Michael DiVirgilio for being a great M.C. and all the other enthusiastic participants who make it a very special morning.  We’ll be posting
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You are invited: Join Ed Begley, Jr. in Hermosa Beach for the Green Idea House Dedication Ceremony
by Robert Fortunato on March 27th, 2013 9 Comments »

Dear Friends of the Green Idea House:
We have appreciated your friendship and support as we planned, built and tested the Green Idea House.  The success we have achieved would have been impossible without you, our community of friends and supporters.  Together we proved that one family can affordably remodel a
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Sandpipers Raise $84,000 for Local Charities – Green Idea House is Happy to Help
by Robert Fortunato on March 1st, 2013 No Comments »

It was an honor to have the Green Idea House on the prestigious Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour.  Debbie Felt, the Sandpipers President, just let us know that more than 2,500 people went on the tours and they raised over $84,000 for local charities.  Go Sandpipers!  http://sandpipers.org/category/holiday-homes-tour/
It was a win-win because
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