by Forest Linebarger
From my office window on Castro Street, I look out on beautiful Old Mountain View. In the past, I rarely had the opportunity to work in my backyard, instead our sustainable projects were found in the surrounding hillside cities. In the last five years, this has completely turned around. The most innovative and sustainable houses I design are right here in Old Mountain View. Part of the reason is surely that costs of green building now rival traditional construction. Another reason is surely Old Mountain View’s desirable location right near downtown attracts an innovative, socially conscious resident. That makes me very proud.
Many projects we do here are focused on restoring bungalows to their original splendor on the outside while updating interiors and quietly adding water and energy saving features. Other projects are new homes and renovations, many modeled on our historic gems in the Arts and Crafts, Mission and Modern architectural styles. An Arts and Crafts home we designed on Eldora Drive won an award for its innovative water use from the County of Santa Clara. An underground cistern collects the rainwater from its roof in winter, using it in summer to meet all its irrigation needs. This project received the highest GreenPoint rating of any house in Mountain View, attained though a careful whole house approach to sustainability.
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by Elizabeth Sarmiento
Mountain View has city-wide Wi-Fi, OMVNA summer parties, Summer Night Movies, and Thursday Night Live, but that’s not all–starting this summer, a new home energy savings program is available to all Mountain View residents, and it’s free! Energy Upgrade Mountain View (EUMV) is a City-sponsored initiative offering free home energy [...]
by Bruce Karney
For 6 years the Mountain View Library has organized a November “MV Reads Together” program–many individuals reading the same book at the same time and participating in related public events building on the book’s themes–a wonderful idea from OMV resident Sharlene Gee.
This year’s book is Eaarth by Bill McKibben. Why [...]
by Julie Lovins
Spontaneous friendships at a bike-sharing station, unsubsidized fast bus transit (in addition to convenient car/bike/pedestrian travel), creative ways to recycle and to provide affordable housing, a thriving commercial street jammed with pedestrians (cars on other streets), how-tos for bike/pedestrian safety–these are some of the images from around the world that [...]
by Barbara Ruzgerian
Recently our neighbors had us over for the most divine leg of lamb that I have had in my life. (And believe me, being of Armenian ancestry on both parents sides, I know the taste of a succulent piece of lamb!) I wanted our neighbors to try some before [...]
by Anthony Chang
I love our Farmers’ Market. Local, organic produce is abundant. For me, there is a real sense of community — I know vendors by name and I run into neighbors at the market every Sunday. We are very lucky to have such a breadth of vendors — I can do almost [...]
by Eugene Cordero
As I watched the Internet recording of the Environmental Planning Commission meeting of Feb 10th, one of the statements Mr. John Moss (of the Prometheus Real Estate Group) made about their ‘green practices’ made me pause. Mr. Moss stated that the biggest sustainability-related feature associated with the development is the proximity [...]