U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Los Angeles introduced BuildSMART – the Sustainable Materials and Resources Trailer. BuildSMART provides education on sustainable building by demonstrating applied sustainable building techniques and illustrating their benefits. The trailer is a mobile learning resource that demonstrates a healthy, sustainable living and working environment and is able to reach homeowners, industry professionals, public officials and students. This mobile green resource center exemplifies best practices for green building. BuildSMART is equipped with a variety of materials and systems, including sustainable flooring, recycled glass countertops, non-toxic insulation, anti-microbial wallboards, PV solar panels, rainwater harvesting and tankless water heating.
BuildSMART is supported by a Community Partner Grant funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, making it possible to start the Road Trip to visit local schools, parks and festivals. USGBC LA is seeking volunteers to be in the trailer during the visits. Volunteers will give instruction and explain the benefits of sustainable materials and resources. A manual with details of each product on display is available for volunteers to prepare talking points.
Below are some locations and dates for the summer.
- Roybal Learning Center – 06/10
1200 W. Colton St. Los Angeles, CA 90026
- One Water Festival – 06/18
Point Dune Elementary School – 6955 Fernhill Dr., Malibu
- LA Design Festival – 06/24
LA Kretz Innovation Campus – 525 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
- Lotus Festival at Echo Park – 07/09 and 07/10
- Lake Balboa Park – Dates to be confirmed
You may also be interested in this video about recycled glass countertops featured in the news.