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EcoBuilding marries amazing comfort with almost no energy use. It is doing well with what you have. EcoBuilding is thoughtful building. EcoBuilding inspires!

- Jason Lear, Batt & Lear Construction

 
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2011 Capital Campaign

You trust the Guild’s message and you understand the importance of advancing our mission to a wider audience through our education and outreach programs, as well as through our membership network. Please support our efforts with your tax-deductible year-end gift to the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is preparing to embark on our 20th year, a milestone for sustainability in the Pacific Northwest. On October 31st of this year another milestone was set – the United Nations announced the moment when the world's population reached 7 billion. That's 7 billion people on our planet sharing its finite resources. To meet the challenges such population growth conveys, our work at the Guild has never been more important. With buildings in the US accounting for 40% of carbon dioxide emissions, and the average size of a home having grown from 983 to 2,398 sq.ft. in the last fifty years, the Guild’s work of delivering leading-edge information on sustainable building practices is critical to sustaining life on our planet.

In order to continue this work, we need your help. You trust the Guild’s message and you understand the importance of advancing our mission to a wider audience through our education and outreach programs, as well as through our membership network.

Please support our efforts with your tax-deductible year-end gift to the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. Donate Now ButtonTwenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is our goal before the end of December 2011 and we hope we can count on you!

Your gift directly benefits:

  • www.EcoBuilding.org – Our robust new website is a powerful tool for our organization, our members and you. Your gift will help us complete the build-out and maintain our presence with compelling educational content and effective membership support tools.
  • Online Technical Flash Card Library – Now under active development, this open source library of green building technical flash cards will provide best construction practices FREE to contractors, subcontractors, and the DIY person to ensure a better resource and energy efficient future.
  • Sustainable Field Training Initiative – A dynamic collaborative partnership between Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and South Seattle Community College is bringing this exciting new program to our community. Your support will enable us to continue the ongoing development of a training course for multiple construction trades on sustainable construction best practices.
  • The 20/20 Home Refit Challenge – The Guild has partnered with Built Green King/Snohomish, Home Performance WA, and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union to challenge Puget Sound to retrofit 20,000 homes by 2020. This critical challenge represents our greatest opportunity to save resources and improve energy performance by at least 20% (test in - test out) in existing homes.
  • Local Chapter Green Tours – Green and growing, these annual local events are now being organized by multiple Chapters. These Green Tours offer an opportunity for the public to see “green” in action! Skilled guides engage tours visitors in learning: increasing our visibility and forwarding our mission. This is chapter activity at its best.
  • 10x10x10 Green Building Showcase – These Chapter-sponsored awards and recognition events brand our organization and continue to build public awareness of green building opportunities. Showcasing pioneering projects is a worthy tradition and is a highly prized form of outreach for more than just design and building professionals.
  • Recycled Products’ Summits – Ready to be replicated, in 2011 the Guild launched the Glass Aggregate Summit. Spearheaded in Thurston County, this first of its kind summit educated permit officers and construction professionals across Washington State on how glass aggregate can be used by the construction trades and established a formula for future events.
  • Mother Earth News Sustainability Fair – In 2011 internationally recognized Mother Earth News hosted their first sustainability fair in Washington State. The Guild stepped up to make this one of our largest public education outreach efforts yet, including a wide variety of speakers and hands-on workshops. We plan to remain deeply involved with this annual event at a regional level for many years to come.

 

These incredible programs are created and produced because people like you care about the impact our built environment is having on our natural environment, as well as on our local communities. Your gift will allow us to continue these pioneering projects, in your neighborhood and across this region. Your gift ensures a future for the seventh generation. Please make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Or, mail your gift to:
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
P.O. Box 58530
Seattle, WA 98138

With gratitude,

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton
President - Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

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