Posts Tagged ‘Congresswoman Jane Harman’

The Green Idea House won Los Angeles County’s Green Leadership Award for 2012!
by Robert Fortunato on April 20th, 2012 No Comments »

This was only possible because all of you came together as a community around the idea that anyone can and should build with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.  Thank you!
Special thanks go out to the City of Hermosa Beach’s Senior Planner, Pam Townsend who used her own personal time
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Record Crowds Gather for Construction Tours of the Green Idea House!
by Robert Fortunato on February 14th, 2012 No Comments »

We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for making Saturday a huge success. The event was booked solid a week in advance and over 200 people came out for tours and the educational expo. We had to turn people away to ensure the safety of everyone
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In Hot Water Yesterday
by Robert Fortunato on December 7th, 2011 2 Comments »

Many thanks to Gary Klein for sharing his genius with us yesterday.  In two hours Gary took us through all the water related systems that are so crucial for us in hitting our net zero energy goals.
Gary is great at debunking myths about things like tankless water heaters and solar
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New Video of Green Idea House City Council Update
by Robert Fortunato on November 28th, 2011 No Comments »

Now that he is back from Japan, Robert hopes to get caught up on his postings!  The first is a video clip taken from the November City Council meeting.
GIH updates to the City Council include:
Steel vs. Wood
Certified vs Non-certified wood
Low V.O.C. vs. Low Toxicity
Reuse vs New
View vs. Solar Panels

City Council GIH Update Tonight at 7pm
by Robert Fortunato on November 8th, 2011 No Comments »

We will be giving one of our periodic construction updates to City Council this evening.  The meeting starts at 7pm and we should be presenting shortly thereafter.  You can also view the meeting on Verizon Fios Ch. 31, Warner Cable Ch.8, and online at under Agendas/Minutes/Video.
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Global Green Article Mentions the GIH!
by Robert Fortunato on September 18th, 2011 No Comments »

Amber Keenoy, the highly respected green building consultant and estimator very kindly mentioned the Green Idea House in an excellent article that is part of her weekly series:

The Real Issue
by Robert Fortunato on August 31st, 2011 No Comments »

Yesterday’s paper printed our letter ( combined with a response from one of the uphill neighbors in the article from Saturday’s front page ( We are glad to see the neighbors are starting to understand that our solar array will be BELOW the height limit and we are building in
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Easy Reader Covers GIH Participation in the EPN Solar and Green Homes Tour!
by Robert Fortunato on May 28th, 2011 No Comments »

Many thanks to the Easy Reader reporter Rebecca Zisser for a great article.  During the tour she was very engaged, asked great questions and ultimately turned in a wonderful report.  Thank you for your interest in spreading the word.
P.S. One small correction:  “Fortunato first became interested in green technology
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Last Chance for Free Scrap Lumber, Clean Sandy Soil or Chunks of Concrete!
by Robert Fortunato on May 5th, 2011 3 Comments »

Unfortunately, one of the people in the neighborhood (you know who you are) is complaining to the city about our lumber pile.  Therefore we have to get a dumpster out to the site in the next week.  So, if you need any of the above for projects from furniture to
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Happy Earth Day! Beach Reporter Prints Article on GIH Progress
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2011 No Comments »

Eric Michael Stitt very kindly marked our first big milestone: Owners save 97.5 percent of razed home

Rental for a Deserving Family??
by Robert Fortunato on January 5th, 2011 No Comments »

Well it is finally time to go!  Yes, the permits are almost ready and we are moving out on Feb. 1st to start the deconstruction.
We are looking for a place to live, so if you know anyone that has a cool rental at a decent price within a
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You are Invited to the Ground Breaking Ceremony!
by Robert Fortunato on September 24th, 2010 No Comments »

You are invited to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Green Idea House on Tuesday, October 5th, 8:45 am at 1556 Prospect Avenue, Hermosa Beach.
The ceremony will be done by 9:30 am; but information about the Green Idea House and the Southern California Edison Mobile Energy Unit (MEU) and demonstration
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What People are saying about the Green Idea House:
by Robert Fortunato on May 10th, 2010 No Comments »

It has been a long road. We have not made it easy for them. None of us have. Because they were first, because they stepped up, and all reasonable evidence to the contrary, said we should do it. Because Robert and Monica pushed us to do more than we wanted.
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Smart Meters are Coming!
by Robert Fortunato on May 8th, 2010 3 Comments »

As a direct result of Congresswoman Harman’s briefing at our house in October, Scott Gobble and the rest of the Edison team mobilized to make Hermosa Beach a beta site for Smart Meters!

Congresswoman Harman’s Earth Day Newsletter
by Robert Fortunato on April 28th, 2010 No Comments »

Congresswoman Jane Harman is the Green Idea House’s BFF.  See the 11th paragraph of her Earth Day Newsletter!

Easy Reader, Harman praises innovative projects in beach cities
by Robert Fortunato on April 23rd, 2010 No Comments »

Easy Reader Article

The Beach Reporter, Harman visits energy house
by Robert Fortunato on April 23rd, 2010 No Comments »

Beach Reporter Article

Partners in Progress
by Robert Fortunato on April 23rd, 2010 No Comments »

Without picking up a hammer, we have already been successful in starting to build that community.
Some of our partners pictured with Congresswoman Jane Harman on her visit to get a briefing on the project.

Congresswoman Jane Harman’s Newsletter
by Robert Fortunato on April 21st, 2010 1 Comment »

Congresswoman Jane Harman and her dedicated staff have been very supportive of our project and we are grateful. The Congresswoman kindly mentions our project in the hearing on the Homestar legislation to fund energy efficient home retrofits and also in her newsletter.
Ms. {Harman.} Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This committee is not
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3V Signs & Graphics
by Robert Fortunato on April 19th, 2010 No Comments »

3V Signs & Graphics is proud to support the Green Idea House!  Their efforts to renovate a residence and strive toward a “0 carbon footprint” is a commendable endeavor.  To contribute to their efforts we supplied their banner made of recyclable materials.  As a result of our interaction with Robert
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Torrance Magazine, South Bay Innovation Going Green
by Robert Fortunato on January 27th, 2010 No Comments »

Congresswoman Harman very kindly mentions our project (look for highlighted text) in an article she wrote on environmental leadership in the South Bay.

Jane Harman at the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on October 30th, 2009 No Comments »

Green Idea House had a Group photo with Congress woman Jane Harman.
Chris Miller, photographer with The Beach Reporter, very kindly sent us a photo of our team in front of our existing house with Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Solar Technology Roadmap Act
by Robert Fortunato on October 22nd, 2009 No Comments »

Green Idea House was featured On October 22, 2009 when Congresswoman Jane Harman issued a statement (which very kindly included a reference to our project) in support of H.R. 3585, the Solar Technology Roadmap Act, which passed the House by a 310 to 106 vote. The release contains a
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Briefing Congresswoman Jane Harman on the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on October 16th, 2009 No Comments »

Congresswoman Jane Harman was at the site of the future Green Idea House this week. up note from Congresswoman Harman.pdf