Showing posts from April, 2010

May Events

Image presents Green Your Home Workshop this Saturday May 1 from 10-11am at the Habitat for Humanity green prototype home.  Click here for more information. Green Drinks National Webcast about Sustainable Food is Wednesday May 12. Click here for more information. Green Drinks Las Vegas is Thursday May 13 6-7:30pm at Sun Cat Skylights. Click here for more information.

Renewable Power Rebates

Although the NV Energy rebate window for photovoltaics (PV) has closed*, Southern Nevada residents can still pursue green energy generation through wind power.  Local codes are still evolving to encourage residential and large-scale wind power installations.  Use the In My Backyard (IMBY) tool to estimate how much power your property can produce with PV or wind turbines.  Then contact a licensed contractor for more information.   Be aware that there are local ordinances governing the installation of wind turbines.  For example, in the City of Las Vegas, “small wind energy systems” are only allowed in certain residential districts zoned R-A, R-E and R-D and up to 100kW.  Check out Wind Power Nevada for some more background on current state and local laws. WindGenerations and HydroGenerations are still accepting applications.  NV Energy is also now accepting more options for wind generators.  See their website for a listing of accepted certifications. Learn more about electric

Earth Day 2010

Happy 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Every April 22 since 1970, Earth Day creates awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.    Facts & Tips Earth Day Network Earth Day Rap with DJ Biz Markie Local Events GreenFest at GVR, Sat 24 10am-5pm Green Solutions Expo at South Point, Sat 24 10am-7pm & Sun 25 10am-6pm Earth Fair 2010 by Wal-Mart 10am-1pm, three locations Search for more at Earth Day Network Take Action Global Local: 1Sky Rally Thurs 22 2pm, Green Jackson Avenue Block Party Thurs 22 11am-6pm

We're DBE Certified with Nevada UCP

Our firm is pleased to announce Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification with the Nevada Unified Certification Program.  Our number is NV01238UCPN.  This follows an application and vetting process administered by NDOT. This new status allows Anne Johnson, AIA to use the DBE certification to bid as a prime or subcontractor on projects with the Nevada Unified Certification Program (UCP).  The Nevada UCP is comprised of the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Commissions (RTC) for Washoe and Clark Counties and the Reno/Tahoe and McCarran Airports. This latest certification is in addition to our self-certified status as a woman owned business with the Federal Government's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA).  [8/2012 update: CCR & ORCA have migrated to .  Enter CAGE code 5NN25 (AJA) 8DPZ1 (SFS)] Let us know how we can partner with you at (702) 553-332

Can Gardening Be Greener?

Yes, gardening can be even greener.  Maintaining a garden is a sustainable idea by itself:  Grow what you eat; travel a few steps to pick out dinner; connect with the food cycle.  Whether container gardening on a patio, or a raised bed in the backyard, growing your own food sustainably is achievable. A few trends from for a more sustainable garden follow: Lifecycle and Environmental Impact - How much energy was consumed in a plant or product's transportation and if any recycled materials were used?   How much water was used in the production of a product?  What kinds of chemicals are used and how do they affect the soil, air and water? Water-wise Landscapes - Use drought-tolerant plants, and install drip irrigation systems instead of using conventional watering techniques.  Visit Springs Preserve for ideas. Plants for Wellness - Garden for the betterment of mental health, nutrition or fitness.   Mixing it Up - Maximize square footage with a mix a