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Healthy Building Science

Healthy Building ScienceHealthy Building Science is a residential and commercial environmental consultants that diagnose, air and other indoor toxins that are harmful for your health.

They offer environmental testing services including air quality, allergen, mold, soil and water quality. Healthy Building Inspections / Industrial Hygiene in your home and office and Green Building Consulting in San Francisco Greater Bay Area.

Using their years of experience and high tech testing gadgets they can give a complete inspection along with their recommnedations. Their environmental inspectors can collect samples for laboratory analysis to provide comprehensive reports.

Healthy Building Science also has a number of third-party certifications including: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), Accredited Professional, GreenPoint Rater, Healthy Home Specialist
Building Biology Environmental Consultant, Lead Inspector / State of California Department of Public Health, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, Certified Microbial Investigator, Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Bay Area Green Business.

To know more visit their website.


Signature Hardwood Floors

Signature Hardwood Floors
Signature Hardwood Floors is a family owned licensed hardwood flooring contractor that provides exceptional workmanship to customers in the San Francisco Peninsula. The Bay Area being one of the most environmentally conscious areas in the world, homeowners here are increasingly requesting materials that are healthy to protect their homes and the environment.

Whether you choose solid wood, engineeerd wood, or laminated flooring, the experienced crew takes special care in respecting your home, maintaining cleanliness and safe job sites. Signature Hardwood Floors is committed to provide a broad range of flooring choices, including eco-friendly choices that are important to your family’s health. Signature also guarantees the quality of the materials installed meets your specifications and their finish is guaranteed for six years against cracking, peeling and chipping on refinished and newly installed floors.

Signature Hardwood Floors is a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It GREEN. With offices in San Mateo, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Campbell, Signature is your licensed hardwood flooring contractor.

Keep Trash Containers Clean with Always Green Always Clean

logo-agacAlways Green Always Clean is committed in cleaning commercial and residential garbage cans and containers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Always Green Always Clean started their cleaning business in 2009 in the East Bay of San Francisco. Always Green Always Clean will come to your home or business on your trash collection day using their own custom-designed trash cleaning machines and they clean and sanitize your cans and trash compactor containers and enclosures. They do this for homes, apartment complexes, restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals and any commercial or residential buildings. The process kills 99 percent of all bacteria and leaves a clean appearance and smell uses a customized mobile can cleaning machine that saves water, uses safe, natural cleaning products, and leaves garbage cans clean and deodorized.

Cleaning garbage cans and other trash containers is a job most people avoid even though it must be done on a regular basis. This is the reason why Always Green Always Clean loves to clean garbage cans! They will leave you with peace of mind knowing that a dirty job has been successfully completed. Aside from cleaning garbage cans and containers, Always Green Always Clean also offers their own brand of odor-eliminating granules called the Always Green Odor Eliminator.

They are also a BBB A+ accredited business which means you can rely on their service.

To learn more about commercial and residential garbage cans cleaning in the San Francisco Bay Area visit the Always Green Always Clean’s website.

Marin Green Drinks on April 11

Marin Green Drinks on April 11

The next Marin Green Drinks business mixer is scheduled on April 11, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Our special guest speaker will be Caryl Levine of Lotus Foods.

Marin Green Drinks is a free business mixer held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Lotus Cuisine of India a certified green business in downtown San Rafael.

Relax, mingle and network with people living and working as green as we can. See you there!

Tree Service, Tree Removal, Landscaping by Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc

Posted in News by kahl on November 4, 2013
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Got Green? We’re Here to Help!

Established in 2007, Sonoma-Marin Arborists Inc. is a small, woman-owned, licensed tree and landscaping company offering certified arborist consultation, certified line clearance arborists, a licensed timber operator, CCO, and master green building professional service in the 6th year of their operation. With over 20 years experienced in the field, SMArborists explore green waste recovery and salvage opportunities while delivering quality, communication, & craftsmanship.

Sonoma-Marin Arborists Services:

* Licensed Tree Service
* Stump Removal
* Landscaping Contractor
* Tree Trimming
* Hazard tree assessment from trimming to total tree removal
* Certified Line Clearance Arborists
* Salvaged Redwood lumber for sale from saw logs
* Large-scale brush chipping with excavator
* Invasive species, tall grass, weed mowing & mastication
* Tractor & excavator work
* Hauling of wood & chips
*Certified Line Clearance Arborist
* Class A commercial trucking license & 65 foot rear mount bucket truck
* Crane services with Ad-Lite Crane & Precision Crane Services
* On-site wood milling available
* Tree mulching for overall health & vigor
* Firebreaks done in participation with local fire & fuel load specialists
* Overseeing spraying for SOD
* Tree assessment in conjunction with Consulting Arborists
* Safety pruning with regard to high target & traffic areas
* Fast response to storm emergencies

Trees and the land are integral parts of the ecosystems that SMArborists advocate for, but they also view them, in a much broader sense, as directly interconnected to our larger planet, as a whole.

The most exciting & rewarding part of SMA’s tree & landscaping projects is seeing the benefits of proper tree & land care, with regards to sustainability, aesthetics, & the multifaceted functionality of trees, plants, & earth, well placed. The Sonoma Marin Arborists are working for the Planet!

Proper tree care is necessary. It should be done by a licensed arborist. They are specialists in proper trimming of trees. Pruning or removal can be dangerous. We can help!

For tree service and landscaping contact Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc. at 415-455-8733. Visit

To color and protect interior wood and furniture use high performance Brushing Wax from English Country Pine & Design.

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on January 16, 2013

Brushing Wax is the quick way to a completely natural wax finish. Simply brush on and buff off.


Based on customers’ demands, John Varney of English Country Design developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish.

English Country Pine & Design is a custom woodwork shop established in 1986 in Marin County, CA by John Varney, an English Craftsman and Designer with patience and an eye for detail.

English Country Pine & Design is woodwork green company. They use low-low VOC emissions for their water based products brushing wax.

Why Brushing Wax?


No worries!

No More Water Rings

Heat Resistance


Sensuous Waxy Feel

UV Stabilized

Sheen of Wax

Ideal for Tabletops

Water Base

Easy To Use

Effortless Clean-Up

Low V.O.C.

Choice of Colors

Great Sealer for Faux Finishes

Works on Metal & Plaster

Water Resistant

Heat Resistant

 About John Varney and Brushing Wax


English craftsman, designer, John Varney has an eye for detail as a master of art. He runs English Country Pine for over 25 years. He has lectured for the A.S.I.D. on furniture design addressing how to incorporate modern technologies into a traditional design.

Originally the finishes would be in dark stains and varnished in an attempt to mimic the quality high end furnishings. That’s why he developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish. The quick way to a natural wax finishes enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.


To order Brushing Wax contact John@ 415-485-3800.

The Emerging Status of Nonprofits And the Bystander Effect

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on December 16, 2012

On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was returning home from work as a bar manager in New York. She parked her car and walked towards her apartment, just a 100 feet away. Suddenly she heard footsteps racing behind her. Before she could react, the assailant stabbed her twice. Screaming at the top of her lungs, she cried for help; repeatedly. No one came.  She died two hours later.

As investigators and reporters began piecing the story together, they were shocked by the lack of citizen intervention. At least two dozen people heard the screams over a 30-minute time span. Politicians, psychologists and clergymen were outraged, calling it another example of our apathetic social decay.

But two psychologists weren’t so sure. They wanted to know why Kitty was offered no help. Over the course of the next year, they conducted a series of experiments in crowded and private situations to understand what triggers and doesn’t trigger a response from bystanders. Here’s what they discovered:

Crowds behave like schools of fish – they group think. If there are no reactions to a stimulus, no one in the crowd will act. They found that “no one wants to stands out in a crowd.” This was proven time and time again as experiments were conducted on busy New York streets.

But as they tweaked their experiments, they finally discovered the answer and what instigates a reaction.

In today’s version of the “bystander effect,” one of our most precious socially important industries continue to pattern their future in the same methods as the past. As funds continue to dry up, many nonprofit agencies continue to seek financial help by using a single method of revenue generation: writing grants.

In comparison, a growing legion of innovative nonprofits across the globe are building “social enterprises,” and generating income through their own sales and services. One important result of this type of income is that grant-makers are more inclined to approve funds to organizations that are proving their ability to diversify their resources and gain greater self-sufficiency.

So in collaboration between Renaissance Marin and the Marin Community Foundation, we’re launching our best effort to break the bystander effect. Open to the first 20 nonprofits, this is an opportunity for agencies to learn the methods for building their own social enterprises. Think about the alternative: stay steady on your current course and watch your grant dollars diminish. The cost is also exceptionally affordable with some tuitions at $100 – less than seven percent of a popular national training program.

This is the one and only time we’ll be offering this training in 2013. The program is tailored made for nonprofits with little or no experience with business modeling. Not only will you learn all the essentials, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your concepts to a panel of well accomplished business and social entrepreneurs. For ten groups that finish this two-month program, personal consultation will be provide to help you take your concepts to reality.

In addition, the workshops have been developed to respect your busy schedule. We’ll be meeting once every Thursday morning for three hours during the eight-week program starting January 31.

To get all the information, we urge you to attend the upcoming orientation on Thursday, Dec. 13; 10am at Renaissance Marin, 1115 3rd Street, San Rafael.

This program is specific to nonprofit agencies in Marin County and highly recommended for organizations receiving their funding through MCF.

For reservations to the orientation, please call us at 415.755.1115.

If you find yourself among of sea of bystanders unwilling to help you, what the researchers found was to target a single individual, get in front and make a plea. They found that tactic was the most effective way to gain help because a single individual when alerted stops group-think and becomes personally responsible. 



RenCenter event: Increasing Revenues for Your Nonprofit

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on December 9, 2012
Renaissance Marin will conduct an orientation on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 am for nonprofit agencies who need to supplement their existing revenues by creating a social enterprise. 

This program comes through the sponsorship of the Marin Community Foundation which saw a need to help many of its own grantees to diversify their revenues streams. 

Renaissance Marin will be launching this workshop on January 31 to the first 20 organizations that sign up and pay the low-cost tuition, based on a sliding scale. 

The workshop will provide:  

* Classroom instruction
* Real-world practices
* One-on-one assistance and 
* An opportunity to pitch your concepts to a panel of  experts.  

If you’ve explored taking a workshop on this very subject, you know the costs are upwards of $1500. 

In this workshop, the tuition costs: 

Annual Revenue                                  Tuition
to $100,000                                            $100
$101,000 to $250,000                              $200
$251,000 to $500,000                              $300
$501,000 to $1,000,000                           $400
Over $1,000,000                                      $500

The training will take place at the Renaissance Center Marin in San Rafael. It will run three hours per session, once a week on Thursdays at 10am for eight weeks. Following the class sessions, a number of hours have been reserved to provide one-on-one assistance to individual agencies to help them launch their enterprises. 

So, if your agency has been searching for new ways to generate revenue, we urge you to attend this orientation, meet the staff and the main instructor. We’ll give you the full picture about the program because we all know that many nonprofits continue to operate at less-than adequate financial levels. 

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 415.755.1115. Please note: this workshop is for Marin County Nonprofit Agencies only.  

Renaissance Marin

1115 Third Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 348-6300

Warm Wishes Holiday Campaign 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on November 13, 2012


We provide  5,000   “StreetPacks”   for  our  street  communities


Our 19th Year of providing Warm Wishes!

Each “StreetPack” is filled with NEW gloves, scarf, hat, rain poncho, socks and holiday card made by local school children to offer warmth and Warm Wishes! during the coldest months of the year.   Filled “StreetPacks “ are distributed throughout the entire Bay Area through over 40 agencies and on the streets by volunteers~ like YOU!


Call  415- 472-0211 to  volunteer or donate  go to 

     Send your tax deductible donation to

Warm Wishes!  5800 Northgate Mall Ste 250,  San Rafael, CA 94903 

We need your suppport this holiday season to continue to serve the following agencies: We serve……Adopt a Family, Asian Women’s Shelter, BOSS – Building Opportunity for Self Sufficiency, BOSS – Oakland,

BOSS Berkeley – MASC Multi Agency Service Center, Helen Vine-Buckelew, Catholic Charities Family Support Center,

Cedars, Conservation Corps North Bay, Cotts Shelter, Faithful Fools Street Ministry, Interfaith Winter Shelter, Family Service Agency, Gilead House, Homeward Bound, Interfaith Street Chaplaincy/Shelter, Marin Juvenile Hall  and Probation,

La Casa De Las Madres ( SF), Lucas Valley Community Church, Marin City Clinic & The Outreach Collaborative,

Ritter Center, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Sacred Heart Church in Olema, SF Community Clinic Consortium @Street Outreach Services- Mobile Medical Vans, St. Anthony’s, St. Vincent’s Dining Hall, Stinson Bolinas School, Sunny Hills, Timothy Murphy School for Boys, Urban Ministry/InnVision, West Marin Services West Marin Services, Westminster Church, Novato Human Needs Center, Thursday Soup Kitchen, Chinatown Community Development Center, American Red Cross, Treasure Island Permanent Housing, Compass Community Services, St. Joseph’s Family Center,

                                         W.O.M.A.N….and on the streets throughout the Bay Area…

           Volunteer on Saturday, December 1, 2012 

                         Help us assemble Warm Wishes “StreetPacks” at  

                                                            Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato

9:00 AM  SHARP!  Suggested donation: Adults $10.00/children FREE!  (no one turned away!)



 “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something, then I realized I was somebody.”   Author Unknown           


EcoLogic Landscaping provides ecological Landscape Architecture, Construction, and Maintenance Services for Marin and surrounding counties.

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on November 5, 2012

EcoLogic Landscaping provides Landscape Architecture, Construction, and Maintenance Services for Marin and surrounding counties.


With over 14 years in sustainable landscaping in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area, Ecologic Landscaping has the knowledge and expertise to create your garden from concept to completion. 


Whether renovating an existing landscape or creating a new garden, the company is committed to excellence that show in every detail. 


Ecologic Landscaping primary goal is to facilitate a dynamic, meaningful relationship between people and the land. They create gardens that are not only beautiful, but also provide an abundance of fresh food. Lets not forget the use of all-organic materials and highly efficient low water use irrigation systems.

About Ecologic Landscaping                        


Leith Carstarphen is the landscape designer and project supervisor for Ecologic Landscaping. He holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. Leith has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area in the field of landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance since 1994. He regularly leads workshops and classes on sustainability issues and has a passionate commitment to edible and useful plants, and is an avid home gardener.

Quality, Commitment, Service

With more than a decade of experienced in landscaping, EcoLogic Landscaping has mastered the knowledge and expertise in creating a garden from concept to completion.


The crews have extensive skills in constructing gardens of exquisite craftsmanship and lasting beauty, using sustainable and organic materials and methods.


The services include all facets of landscape construction: patios and pathways, rock walls and retaining walls, waterfalls and fountains, decks, arbors, fences, drainage systems, irrigation and dramatic lighting.



Ecologic Landscaping believes that the best gardens grow naturally.  Using only the finest organic fertilizers to help your landscape grow and mature. They never use harsh pesticides or herbicides but instead rely on non-toxic alternatives that are safe for your family and pets. They support thriving ecosystems, and pests are controlled naturally, by beneficial insects such as ladybugs. Flowering plants will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds to your yard. They also create thriving ecosystems for all the microclimates of Northern California, whether shady or arid, and we strategically design landscaping to optimize growth and conserve water.

Edible Gardens


Ecologic Landscaping creates gardens that are not only beautiful, but also provide an abundance of fresh food. Imagine strolling through your garden with your children and harvesting perfectly ripe berries, vegetables, and culinary herbs. Landscape Services:

Architecture – Creative landscape designs are the specialty of EcoLogic Landscaping


Stonework – Custom stonework improves the lay of the land while adding a timeless quality to any garden


Carpentry / Gates – Wood helps define the boundaries of the garden, while providing structure and shade


Gates – Gates create a definition of spaces.  They create a separation of private from public space


Planting – Plants are what bring gardens to life! Plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Tree Care – Provides care for trees of all ages to treat diseases such as ‘Sudden Oak Death’

Outdoor Kitchen – Increase the usability of your garden, and take advantage of California’s mild climate with an outdoor kitchen


Waterfalls – Water in the garden soothes the spirit and completes the garden experience.


For more information about green landscape architecture services call Ecologic Landscaping at 415-454-8903

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