Green Home Expo

The City of Berkeley’s Green Home Expo Aug. 5th offers advice and information about free services and programs to help the public save energy and money, get informed about climate change, and help reduce global carbon footprints.

The free event is being held from noon to 5 p.m. at Berkeley Marina at 205 University Avenue in Berkeley, CA.

Clear out your medicine cabinets by participating in the Green Pharmacy Pollution Prevention Campaign while you’re there. Bring in unused and expired medicines in for environmentally sound disposal. Over-the-counter supplements and non-controlled prescriptions will be accepted. Fill out the Unused and Disposed Medicine Registry first at, bring in original containers, and mark out personal information on the bottles.

There will be special guest speakers at the Expo, free water-efficient equipment, low-cost attic insulation, storm water control, and other information on resource conservation.

You’ll meet vendors offering the latest in renewable and solar energy technologies, energy efficiency, sustainable building materals, non-toxic products, and information on sustainable living.

Take the AC transit and save on gas.

Home builders have jumped on the bandwagon by offering various styles of sustainable materials to build residences like Conventional, Rounded, Earth-Sheltered, and Organic. Materials include earth, straw, wood, stone, manufactured, and lightweight concrete. Functions include Residential, Dog House, Studio, Greenhouse, Garage, and Cold Storage.

Unusual designs from various realtors include such green homes as one built from log and concrete in Ft. Garland, CO and a tri-level home in San Rafael, CA. In Carlsbad, NM you will find an adobe green home that includes a loft. In Hammondsport, NY a serene strawbale homestead has a breathtaking view. For the sophisticated, there’s an elegant, totally sustainable home in Poquoson, VA with passive solar heating, photovoltaic power, geothermal cooling, rainwater re-use, zero-outgassing materials, net zero utility design, three bedrooms, two baths, office, eat-in kitchen, central garden atrium, oversized garage, master bedroom suite, private park, pond, gardens, and a dock.

Cohousing communities committed to sustainable living can be found in such places like Lyons, CO where you can live in a two-bedroom flat.

Water babies will appreciate having a solar/propane heated indoor pool while living in Weaverville, NC on 2.84 private acres with VanWingerden greenhouse

In the meantime, choose a dryer with moisture sensors if you can afford it while you’re looking for your dream green home.

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