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Sarah Ettman-Sterner: Green Hawk Gets Energized

Noozhawk's Sarah Ettman-Sterner champions a closer look at sustainable opportunities

[Noozhawk note: Ah, Santa Barbara — famous for beautiful weather, beaches, mountains and a laid-back lifestyle. On the flip side, the “American Rivera” is a serious contender for the honor of being the capital of “everything environmental.” Even before the pivotal 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill, which spawned the birth of Earth Day, the community was deeply involved in learning more about our human connection to nature’s past, present and future. Our sunny city by the sea leads the nation and the world in the quest for learning and doing more to become sustainable. In the spirit of enhancing the quality of life on land and sea everywhere, Noozhawk is pleased to bring you Green Hawk Gets Energy, or G2E, which will provide local, state, national and global news, editorials and tips on what’s new in the field of renewable energy. G2E will energize your life, helping you go green and save green (as in $$$), too!]

Sarah Ettman-Sterner
Sarah Ettman-Sterner (Nick Sterner photo)

G2E on the hunt — We want to know more about people and companies that contribute to our community’s leadership position as green innovators. Do you know of an organization that’s a first-adopter of green-energy technology? New construction or remodeling? Novel solar or wind energy projects? Please pass your suggestion to us for consideration. We also will profile Green/LEED homes for sale/under construction and energy-efficient office space for lease. Always of interest is information on new hybrid, fuel-efficient car models, so tell us about your ride! And, don’t forget to share news about consumer products and services that save energy. To contact G2E, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Green it up” — Hot tip — Save money now! Take Southern California Edison’s Online Home Energy Survey. It’s fast, easy and shows you ways to reduce your monthly home energy costs and helps the environment. Click here to take the survey. For more information on green, energy-efficient homes for sale in our area, click here to contact DeAnn Bauer.

Feature: Green Hawk opens windows — Are you looking for energy-efficient, vinyl-clad windows to update your home, but are put off by the cost? Now there’s a way to get new windows at great prices! Visit Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, 6725 Hollister Ave., or call 805.692.2226. You’ll be amazed at the number of brand-new and nearly new windows for sale at rock-bottom prices. The windows are donated to the store, where the savings are passed on to you. Remember to prepare your list of exterior window space measurements so you can narrow your search through ReStore’s large inventory. Click here to see some of the inventory.

Start soaring like a Green Hawk on your window project. July Workshop Announced! Window Installation with an Expert — 10 a.m. Saturday at the ReStore — Free! RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the ReStore.

For those of you in Santa Barbara who want to take advantage of the federal economic stimulus program, which offers tax rebates for state-of-the-art, energy-efficient windows and more, here’s a good place to begin: Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. Click here for more information.

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your windows! You’ll reap the benefits of a cooler home in summer, ensure your place stays warmer in winter, reduce outside noise, improve “curb appeal,” and best of all, realize a 30 percent cost savings up to $1,500 (but be sure to check out details carefully.) Click here for more information.

Ready to start your project? Visit these local resources:

» Bella View Windows — Contact Rigo with your questions about energy rebates. They do a great job removing old windows and installing the new, without the need to tear into walls or stucco. Call 805.683.4838.

» Channel City Lumber — This is a full-service True Value hardware store. Established in 1963, it’s known for its excellent customer service. Contact Mike or Troy to learn more about how to take advantage of President Obama’s tax rebates for new energy-efficient windows made by Anderson, Eagle, Jeld-Wen and Milgard. E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 805.968.9645.

» Hayward Lumber — Hayward is your “sustainability” resource center. In Santa Barbara, call Paulo Sitolini at 805.886.0036 or 805.965.7772; elsewhere in California, call 831.643.1900 x203.

Learn More!

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Solar SUNday
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road

What can you do to reduce your carbon footprint and curb the use of fossil fuels? Try solar power! Join us for a free day of fun in the sun with an informational solar trade show, complete direct access to installers and financial planners, as well as plenty of educational activities for the kids. Reduce your energy bill, and learn hot new information about harvesting the sun’s power.

Sponsored by the Community Environmental Council, California Solar Electric, California Solar Initiative (Go Solar), First Solar, Planet Solar, REC Solar, Santa Barbara Daily Sound, Santa Barbara Independent, Solforce, South Coast Energy Efficiency Partnership, Sun Pacific Solar Electric and Sunpower.

Free admission.

E-mail Heather Lahr at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 805.682.4711 x170.

— A member of the Society for Environmental Journalists, Green Hawk interactive producer Sarah Ettman-Sterner provided the “voice” for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society for more than a decade. Her contributions appear on the PBS HD TV series, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures and the Toxic Flame Retardants Web site. Sarah’s work has appeared in Elle (the May 2009 “Blue Issue”), The Guardian and The Sunday Times in Great Britain, Paris Match, Vogue, Diver, DiveLog, National Geographic, United Airlines’ Hemispheres Inflight Magazine and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine. As an interactive producer for Green Hawk, she focuses on current environmental trends and marine-related topics and can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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