What Do You Get When You Mix Surfing and Green Living?

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The San Clemente Surfrider Foundation and the Orange County chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council tonight kick off events that celebrate Southern California's surfing heritage, sustainable materials and ocean protection.

"Surfing, Ocean Stewardship and Green Building" is the title of a seminar that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the Surfrider Foundation HQ, 942 Calle Negocio, San Clemente.


Participants include Surfrider, of course, Ecofficiency, ReRip, Marko Foam and Malama Composites. The fee to attend is $25 for USGBC OC Chapter members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students.

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chapter sponsors "Pass the LEED BD+C Exam With Confidence: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Waxie Sanitary Supply, 3220 South Fairview; Santa Ana. The workshop focuses on the key information necessary to pass the LEED AP BD+C exam. The early registration fee is $245 for USGBC members, $175 for student members and $345 for non-members prior to Sept. 10. After that, fees are $295 for members, $175 for student members and $345 for non-members.

Finally, the USGBC chapter is encouraging attendance to an open house and campus tour of Stonegate Elementary School, 100 Honors, Irvine, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. The Irvine Unified School District's solar energy initiative, integration of sustainability into the curriculum and the importance of educating students for a green future will be discussed. The keynote speaker is Mark Santag, the district's curriculum coordinator. Students and parents of IUSD are free with Student ID. USGBC member fee is $20, for non-members it is $35 and for students it's $10--if you register by Friday. After that, the fees rise by $5.

Visit www.usgbc-oc.org for additional information--such as the membership fee to join the Orange County Chapter of USGBC ($65).

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