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California is faced with unprecedented challenges: climate change, social inequity, and an acute housing affordability crisis. Prioritizing cross-sector collaboration as we reimagine the way homes and neighborhoods are built will enable us to address these interconnected challenges while also advancing equity, community health, and ecological well-being.

Network for Change

To facilitate new ways of thinking, Build It Green convenes stakeholders tackling challenges around housing in California. By enabling collaboration across silos, we can collectively start to envision the regenerative housing ecosystem we want to see—one that meets the interconnected needs of individuals, communities, and the environment.

Amplifying Voices. Elevating Places.

As we work together to build regenerative homes and neighborhoods, there are countless people and places we can look to for inspiration. In sharing their stories, we aim to spark conversation, inspire others, and show what becomes possible when the needs and desires of individuals, communities, and the environment are interwoven priorities. 

Resources & Webinars

We aim for all of the resources we provide to be credible and accessible. We offer educational resources that contextualize what it means to work regeneratively, and provide practical applications for approaches to build restorative homes and neighborhoods.

Hear from Regenesis Group, leaders in the regenerative design and development space, about going beyond sustainability to restore and revitalize the places we live. 

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Explore how accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be a housing solution that contributes to human, societal, and environmental health.  

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From choosing healthy, sustainable products for your home to pursuing a career in green building, Build It Green has you covered. 

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Recent News

Community Changemakers: Rich Chien

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Rich Chien, a Senior Environmental Specialist and 18-year veteran with the San Francisco Department of the Environment. He served as the project lead on San Francisco’s 2021 Climate Action Plan, which details 31 strategies and 159 supporting actions to eliminate GHG emissions and advance environmental justice work in San Francisco over the next 20 years.

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Community Changemakers: Bronwyn Barry

Meet Bronwyn Barry, the principal architect and founder of Passive House BB: a full-service architecture and design firm that helps homeowners navigate the process of high-performance homes that meet the Passive House standard. A self-described Passive House fangirl, Bronwyn was a founding member of Passive House California in 2007 and served as the board chair of the Passive House Network for a decade before stepping down this year.

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Next Steps in Building Our Future

In late 2021, Build It Green hosted Building Our Future, a pair of meetings that brought together nearly 100 leaders, thinkers, innovators, and doers for thought-provoking dialogue on the challenges and opportunities facing California’s housing ecosystem. Learn more about the cross-sector working group topics we are moving forward to continue the collective dialogue and idea generation around the intersection of housing affordability, the environment, and social equity.

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