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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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Happy Earth Day 2016!
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2016 No Comments »

It was great celebrating by speaking at the MGBCE and by judging the Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge.  The MGBCE was a excellent event and my talk was packed full of interesting and interested people – very fun.
Our Grades of Green Group went to see three finalist schools
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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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Exploring the cutting edge – for the 7th year in a row!
by Robert Fortunato on September 26th, 2015 No Comments »

While working  in Denmark last week, a couple of leaders and students from the KaosPilot school joined me in my annual pilgrimage to places in Scandinavia that are leading the way on sustainability.  Coincidentally, my friend and neighbor Rick Learned and his sister happened to be in DK visiting relatives,
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A Step Up for Christmas
by Robert Fortunato on December 22nd, 2014 No Comments »

Happy Holidays!  We started a new tradition this year.
We wanted to do something that is simpler, less stressful, that gives us more to celebrate.  Tens of millions of trees are cut down every year and all the waste, pollution and deforestation that entails made us think.
We love what the Living
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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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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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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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Sierra Club Does it Again!
by Robert Fortunato on September 7th, 2013 No Comments »

We are honored to be mentioned in the latest Sierra Club Newsletter.  Eva Cicoria did an excellent job profiling our Green Idea House project in their May newsletter.  We are pleased to be mentioned in their piece about the environmental and economic issues related to a proposed oil drilling project
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Sierra Club, SouthBay Chapter Newsletter Features the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on June 7th, 2013 No Comments »

Eva Cicoria attended our dedication ceremony, went on the tour and did a terrific write up!  Thank you Eva for sharing your experience at the Green Idea House.
http://angeles.sierraclub.org/pvsb/foggy-view/2013-05/index.asp

Returning a Favor at the Municipal Green Building Conference
by Robert Fortunato on April 26th, 2013 No Comments »

It was a pleasure presenting the Green Idea House story with John Morton from Southern California Edison at the Municipal Green Building Conference yesterday.
What we learned and all the great people we met at the conference in previous years made our project possible.  It felt good to return the favor.

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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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 Dedication Ceremony Featured in this Week’s Easy Reader
by Robert Fortunato on April 12th, 2013 No Comments »

Many thanks to Chelsea Sektnan for the excellent article in this week’s Easy Reader!
 
 
 

CBS News Covers Green Idea House Dedication Ceremony
by Robert Fortunato on April 8th, 2013 No Comments »

We were so busy getting ready for the Green Idea House dedication that we didn’t have time to post the excellent piece Julie Sharp did to promote the event on the CBS evening news.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/04/05/hermosa-beach-family-to-open-eco-friendly-home-to-public/
 
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Well done Julie!

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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Your Voice was Heard on Saturday re Carbon Neutral Opportunity for Hermosa Beach!
by Robert Fortunato on February 11th, 2013 No Comments »

You Made It Happen. Carbon Neutral Got the Most Votes and Selected as a Top Priority in City Council’s Strategic Planning Session!
Despite dozens of other important items that were filtered through, we commend the City Council and Staff for making Carbon Neutrality a top priority. In the human experience, making
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Your Voice is needed before Saturday re Carbon Neutral Opportunity for Hermosa Beach
by Robert Fortunato on February 8th, 2013 No Comments »

Dear Friends of a Carbon Neutral Hermosa Beach,
If you care about:
improving the economy, ecology and health of the residents of Hermosa Beach
implementing the excellent sustainability plan the GTF created, Blue Zones and Livable Cities
Breathing cleaner air and swimming in cleaner water
Getting possible grant monies and donations for the city that
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“Hermosa Beach Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert Fortunato on January 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Writer Katrina Zawojski and Photographer Brad Jacobson did a great job capturing the essence of the Green Idea House in this week’s Easy Reader.  In a beautifully done two page spread on pages 44 and 45, they hit the highlights that got us to net zero energy, zero carbon and
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“Hermosa Beach Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert Fortunato on January 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Writer Katrina Zawojski and Photographer Brad Jacobson did a great job capturing the essence of the Green Idea House in this week’s Easy Reader.  In a beautifully done two page spread on pages 44 and 45, they hit the highlights that got us to net zero energy, zero carbon and
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“Hailed as a New Standard in Green Building” in Walls and Ceilings Magazine
by Robert Fortunato on January 11th, 2013 No Comments »

We got so busy having the Green Idea House on the Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour that we neglected to post John Wyatt’s excellent article in Walls and Ceilings Magazine.  Although the article is a good read for anyone, it is good to know that the contractor press is getting the
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