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April 5, 2016

April Green Building Education Events
Second Saturday and Solarize Houston

Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Green Building Resource Center
1002 Washington Avenue

Green Builiding Resource Center

Rooftop Solar Workshop with Solarize Houston:  Join us from 10:30 to noon to learn about owning a solar system at your home or business.  The workshop will cover much of what you need to know to decide if you are ready to go solar, including costs, system sizing, energy usage, roof condition, net metering, etc.  It will also cover how you can participate at no cost in Solarize Houston's group purchase of individual systems.  Steve Krebs will describe Solarize Houston's plan to drive down the cost of solar ownership for Houstonians this summer.   Veteran Houston solar installer Richard Sherwood, of Adaptive Solar Design will be on hand to address installation and equipment questions.   Solarize Houston is an all-volunteer organization and receives no payments.   You can find out more about Solarize Houston at  Free and open to the public, no need to RSVP.

Earth Day 2016: A Different Type of Celebration

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Green Building Resource Center
1002 Washington Avenue

The Story of Stuff Exchange and Social: You've thought about how much stuff we use and dispose of in our daily lives - how about trading something you have but don't want, for something someone else has that you might like?  This Earth Month, bring something gently used, or maybe even still in the gift box that you knew you didn't want, to trade with someone else.  All leftovers will go to a charity.  (Please, no broken or offensive stuff, or old electronics that ought to be recycled).

Cost of Entry: Just bring an item, and a piece(s) of clean Styrofoam that we can densify to be recycled, as we will have the Densifier running again on the Deck!  We'll have light bites and beverages, and check out our Story of Stuff Display!  And if you're bold, we will have an interview booth and will film a video of your answers to a few survey questions.

Register online or call 832-394-9050 prior to the event.

Visit for more details and a map.

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Gulf Coast Green 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016
6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
MATCH Center
3400 South Main Street

Gulf Coast Green 2016 Symposium and Green Product Showcase continues to bring like-minded green building professionals together to experience next-generation sustainable building solutions.  Held this year at the new MATCH Center in midtown Houston on Thursday, April 28, this one-day forum is designed to share cutting edge ideas in a creative context to inspire your inner muse.

smART Design:
the intersection of art, architecture, and sustainability

This year's conference will explore how art and the principles of sustainable design can enrich the classic architectural qualities as described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius: firmitas, utilitas, and venustas, which roughly translate to durability, utility, and beauty.


Inspiring Keynote Speakers
. Jimmy DiResta
. BIG Architects
Vetted Session Speakers
Special Mindfulness Exercise before Luncheon: Jennifer Buergermeister
Luncheon featuring Pat Greer's Kitchen and Tacos A Go Go
Visit our Green Product Showcase featuring over 20 product presentations tailored to meeting green building requirements.
Visit the Tiny Drop Tiny House and witness our Solar Man powered by the sun.
Walk the TrueGrid Labyrinth with your cappuccino.
Student Art Competition
Sustainable Art Exhibition
New this year: Afternoon Only Attendance Option.  Can't break away all day?  Drop in after lunch for a greatly reduced admission price.

For more information and pricing, visit:

Steve Stelzer, Program Director

To learn more about City of Houston sustainability efforts, visit