For the 10th consecutive year, Benchmark Landscape has been recognized for excellence by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). This year they earned top honors in two commercial categories for their project at Soledad Business Park in Sorrento Mesa: California-Friendly Landscape Maintenance and California-Friendly Construction. These accomplishments were recently recognized at the CLCA’s Annual Beautification Awards Program, held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
An early-stage company in San Diego is betting on sorghum stalks — an agricultural waste product — as a healthier, greener alternative to formaldehyde-based particle boards that are widely used in office furniture and construction.
In the rural town of Alpine and the vast desert east of the city, San Diego Gas & Electric has a massive project underway that will, it is hoped, enhance the utility’s ability to draw more renewable energy to its grid.
An interest in and demand for building practices that reduce our impact on the environment is producing an integrated, holistic approach to design that incorporates new technologies and living materials on the fifth façade: the roof top.
Solar power has quickly become a trend in San Diego for both residential homes and commercial buildings. The only difference is; this trend is going to stick. According to gosolarcalifornia.org, California leads the nation for total solar projects and total megawatts installed. Homeowners and building owners are quickly pulling the trigger on solar, but often pay little attention to what condition their roof is in prior to the installation. This can be a very expensive mistake to make.
The goal of sustainable design is to limit the adverse effects of buildings on the environment by minimizing excessive energy use, reducing the depletion of natural resources and environmental pollution while also maintaining a comfortable and healthy building environment. Building green also optimizes the energy performance of the structure, which reduces the overall costs associated with long-term maintenance and operation.
A surge of “green living” has permeated all aspects of our society in recent years, yet indisputably, the most innovative -- and standardized -- industry in relation to the green movement is the building sector, which long ago embraced the practice of sustainable construction. As a result, “LEEDigation” has emerged as a new concept to describe lawsuits involving green building, which may include disputes arising from certification, flawed design or improperly constructed green building strategies.
As November’s general election creates numerous possibilities for policy change both in San Diego and across the country, a group of executives from companies and groups involved in the expansion of solar energy systems discussed the state of their economies at a Daily Transcript roundtable.
In the aftermath of the summer bankruptcy of the government-backed California solar panel maker Solyndra, expectations among renewable energy wonks, who describe the company’s failure as an outlier among many successes, remain generally high. But some policy research analysts are more skeptical — not doubtful, but still skeptical.
When entering San Diego's business community about 30 years ago, Clint Walker’s aim had nothing to do with being in the solar business. His success as the co-founder and president of Southwestern Solar Systems since his entrance to the business in 2009 came about in much the same fashion his other major endeavors have.
Holly Smithson's thirst for action and results led her to CleanTECH San Diego, the industry association that was just being put together back then by Mayor Jerry Sanders and Jim Waring, its founder chairman.
When Cecilia Aguillon, director of marketing and government relations for Kyocera Solar Inc., immigrated to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, she grew into a young adult with a lofty goal in mind: to save the world.
In 2007, executives at Baker Electric decided to take a chance on a budding industry. After taking some lumps out of the gate, Baker's emergence into the solar electric installation market is becoming a regular and important part of its business.
Some people look at buildings and see a combination of wood, steel and mortar with a number of things inside to make them more comfortable and workable — lighting, computers and maybe a few windows, even if they can't be opened.
Oct. 9, 2012 -- George Chamberlin talks with Sachu Constantine, director of policy at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, about the solar industry and what its impacts are on the region, state and country.
Oct. 6, 2010 -- Sept. 23, 2010 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with David Steel, CEO of Green Chamber of San Diego County, and Sidnee Chong, owner of EcoPackStore LLC, about green businesses.