Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Regenerative agriculture certainly sounds positive and healthy, but what is it? One way to find out would be to attend a screening of the powerful film "Kiss the Ground," presented by Sustainable Contra Costa and Unity of Walnut Creek. Narrated by…
Jul 1
Tina King Neuhausel replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Remodeling Part 3: The Roof
"Jim - thanks for sharing your home renovation experience! What is the estimated lifetime of the roof you are installing? Also, I'm curious why you chose engineered wood even though having a dog may scratch the surface and therefore it will likely…"
Jun 6
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
It's like being pelted with popcorn—the choices and decisions keep coming at us. But some popcorn is more significant than others. The house we are remodeling in Orinda had cement tile shingles, and though the shingles held a lifetime guarantee, we…
Jun 3
Jim Gunshinan replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion The Secret to a Water-Wise Landscape
"I am no angel regarding lawns, but we, too, do what we can. Thanks for the great feedback."
May 1
Alison Clary replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion The Secret to a Water-Wise Landscape
"Such great information, Jim! I wish we'd known about thyme lawns when our kids were little. We've replaced our lawn with many of the suggestions you've provided here but continue to learn and improve - thanks!"
May 1
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Here is a juicy secret: The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) will give you money for taking out your grass lawns. It sounds too good to be true, but it's true. You can create a beautiful…
Apr 26
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Remodeling our “Forever Home” is testing our patience! There are so many little details to study and decisions to make. For example, we decided to make our bathroom wheelchair accessible. After coming up with the design for the perfectly sized…
Apr 1
Jim Gunshinan replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Up In the Air
"Thanks Allison! I'm glad I can chronicle the journey through SCOCO's newsletter."
Mar 8
Alison Clary replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Up In the Air
"Excellent article that personalizes sustainability in the home! Good luck to you and Michele!"
Mar 6
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Our house in Orinda has been “up in the air” since November. It’s jacked up because the foundation had partially collapsed. It didn’t happen all at once. The house was built in the early 1950s, and we think the foundation was exposed to water that…
Feb 29
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion Are Prop 65 Labels Still Relevant?
"Thanks for answering my question Allison. Prop 65 is alive and well, if a little tainted by led insulation."
Feb 17
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Concrete is everywhere. It is popular for buildings and infrastructure because of its compressive strength. Add rebar, and you add tensile strength—resulting in a material that can carry weight without cracking and resist bending or being pulled…
Jan 31
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion Five Planet-Friendly New Year's Resolutions for 2024
"Plastic is such a nuisance. I wish I were better about the good "rs". Thanks for the tips."
Jan 4
Liza Kirby replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Not Energy Smart, Yet
"Many exciting innovations, yet always good to keep an eye on environmental impacts."
Dec 11, 2023
Jim Gunshinan replied to Liza Kirby's discussion Fun Holiday Experiences
"My spouse and I enjoyed the Ruth Bancroft lights display last year (or the year before?) and it was fantastic. If you can try out one or two of the many events listed here it can make your holiday feel complete."
Dec 7, 2023
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion Are Christmas Tree Farms Sustainable?
"Some builders are looking to wood construction as a renewable form of building. But like Christmas trees, the devil is in the details—what kind of wood, how is it grown, and so on. It seems to me that the more we are in tune with natural processes…"
Dec 7, 2023
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