The California State & Consumer Services Agency recently released the first draft of a step-by-step guide to help California schools and community colleges cut energy costs through on-site electricity generation and become "grid neutral."  The guide is entitled "Grid Neutral:  Electrical Independence for California Schools and Community Colleges," and can be viewed here.  In fact, the state’s Department of General Services is seeking comments regarding the content of the guide, which can be emailed to this address:     

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Hanson Bridgett will be hosting a sustainable business forum entitled "The Future of Green Building – Tools and Technologies for Designing High Performance Buildings" on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at our offices in San Francisco. Speakers will include Jon Pittman, Vice President of Market Development at Autodesk; Christopher (Kit) P. Ratcliff, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and

New laws concerning the construction industry will go into effect in 2007, some of which are previewed below. These laws encompass a wide variety of issues including indemnification of design professionals, the ability of architects to practice as limited liability partnerships, “green” building construction, expansion of design-build procurement, revocation and suspension of contractors’ licenses, execution of public university contracts, and regulation of the conduct of architects. 
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In response to our last post regarding the green building revolution, one of our readers sent me a link to a very interesting blog article regarding the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.   The Genzyme Center is an office building for approximately 900 employees which received the highest LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating of Platinum.  Some of its most impressive features include   
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The San Francisco Chronicle ran an interesting article on the trend toward "green building" yesterday.  Increasingly, cities are looking to require privately developed buildings to comply with a series of environment-friendly construction elements.  Pleasanton was one of the first cities to adopt such requirements, Boston and Washington D.C. recently joined the movement, and San Francisco is