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I wanted to let my regular blog readers, (you are out there, right?) know about a couple of Green interior design events coming up. They are all in the Bay Area, but if you can make it... great! First, I am teaching a one hour class on Green Interior Design at the Elephant Pharmacy in Los Altos from 3 to 4 pm, (not like it would be AM) on the 12th of April. I will cover the basics of interior issues, introducing the concepts of indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Evaluating the environmental claims of different interior materials and furnishings, and using certified wood. We will also look at a lot of green materials for different areas in your home. For more information to to: Elephant Pharmacy. The second event is an opportunity to see, and learn about, three great green buildings. Hidden Villa, an Environmental Education Center in Los Altos Hills is having a Sustainable building day on April 13th from 4-6. They have three green buildings: one earth sheltered home designed by Cornell Tam architects, featuring passive solar and extensive use or reclaimed materials, One straw Bale hybrid, designed by San Luis Sustainability Group, with stellar solar access design and solar H2O and PV in addition to other green materials, and finally a Arkin Tilt building featuring rammed earth, a geothermal system, strawboard ceilings, and reclaimed wood both decoratively and structurally. All of the buildings will be open with group leader available to explain their green features, and Hidden Villa also has a CSA garden, a children's garden, hiking trails and farm animals. It is a fun place to visit any weekend. I will be the docent in one of the buildings.

And finally I am teaching a two day class on Green Interior Design, through Palo Alto Adult School. I will cover the concepts of environmentally friendly materials selection, choosing products that encourage resource efficiency, avoiding Volitile Organic Compounds (VOC's) and improving indoor air, issues with upholstery and fabrics, and the right questions to ask to get a green interior design solution. You will learn so much about green interior design, get to see many green materials, and we will have time to answer specific questions about your homes. It is a two evening class on consecutive Wednesdays, the 23rd and the 30th from 7 to 9 pm. More information, or to register.

I hope to see you at one of these events. Feel free to contact me if you need any further information The image is of some very lovely energy efficient lights from Michelle Kaufman, available as a fluorescent fixture or LED