"Pictured here is SBBG's LEED-certified Pritzlaff Conservation Center – where labs, herbarium, seed bank, and offices are located. It’s surrounded by the Island View Garden - a lovely place to catch the sunset, sunrise, or just about any time of day as the views are spectacular." - Jaime Eschette, SBBG Director, Marketing & Communications. Photos by Saxon Holt.
These days it's much easier getting great stuff done with a supportive partner. That's why a focus for the CCGBC this year is to reach out into the community and partner with organizations who share our vision for a more sustainable built environment. So you can imagine how INCREDIBLY EXCITED we are to announce our formal partnership with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
We will be collaborating together on education and outreach, volunteer opportunities, capital projects, and more! Our partnership is already in high gear as CCGBC's Board Members landscape designer Natasha Elliot and architect Marc Whitman lead our effort to design and construct a beautiful "casita" (entitled "The Gaia Tree) for the Garden's new Backcountry Children's Area to be opened in June 2022 (check date). The "casita" will be a functional exhibit that allows visitors to rest, enjoy the natural beauty of the garden and to learn a little something about alternative building designs and materials. Steve Windhager, Executive Director of the Garden adds, “In charting a course for a more sustainable future, both the natural and built environments have to work together and become seamlessly intermingled. That is why I am so excited about our growing partnership between the Central Coast Green Building Council and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The more that we can work together to support biodiversity, the more effectively and sooner we can mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
Keep an eye out for emails soon announcing volunteer opportunities to help construct the project! We'll see you at the Garden!