July 2010 Blog Posts (4)

East Bay MUD offers rebates for residential water conservation

The East Bay Municipal Water District is offering several rebates on water conservation products or services that should be of interest to East Bay gardeners.

The first is for mulch discount coupons. Organic mulch is almost peerless as the gardener's best friend...… Continue

Added by Carol Rossi on July 22, 2010 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Bay-Friendly Gardening Program offers free resources for the home gardener

The Bay-Friendly Gardening Program is a project created by StopWaste.org, a coalition of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board. The program encourages a natural approach to gardening and landscaping that works in harmony with the conditions of the San… Continue

Added by Carol Rossi on July 22, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"Green" finishes

There are many shades of green, but the green finishes I would like to talk about today are environmentally preferable finishes for your home or office.

Here is a bullet list to remember:

  • FSC certified wood (Forest Stewardship Council Wood- Google it for more info)

  • Reclaimed or refinished materials (ever seen barn wood flooring, or frosted glass pebbles for yard paths?…

Added by Nelda H Braver on July 19, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Update on PACE funding

The FHFA just issued a white paper saying that they are instructing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. to tighten their grip on any loans that have a PACE lien on them. Link to FHFA Statement below. At heart is the

issue that these lending institutions are concerned about PACE liens having

first priority over the mortgage. Many feel that this will have a significant

chilling effect on PACE. Nationally, a…


Added by Rachel McMullin on July 7, 2010 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

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