Celebrate Earth Month at Home


Wow! Things can change in a matter of minutes, can’t they? In early March we were making our summer plans, getting ready for graduations, and looking forward to outdoor concerts and time with friends. By the end, we’re all sheltering-in-place, wiping down our groceries and anxiously watching the news. Local real estate as all but come to a screeching halt. A few intrepid souls are still buying and selling completely virtually, but for the most part we’re hunkering down and waiting to see what will happen next.

Meanwhile, this April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of the very first Earth Day. People all over the world are quickly adapting the amazing array of celebrations and activities so that we can still participate from home. Here are 22 ways to honor the earth and take action against climate change, while staying safe at home.

  1. Visit Green Schoolyards America to learn how to bring outdoor learning home.

  1. Eliminate food waste by Shopping Your Fridge before heading to the store.

  1. Sign up to watch Earth Day Live – 12 hours of hope and progress from around the world.

  1. Tiny changes add up! Check out these 45 Tiny Lifestyle Changes to try right now.

  1. Kids need nature. Read the new San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

  1. Where does it go, Joe? Recycling and composting explained by Marin Sanitary Service

  1. Sign up for 100% renewable energy with MCE Deep Green

  1. Participate in the SF Bay Area City Nature Challenge

  1. Try the amazing Earth Day Daily Challenge

  1. Get the kids involved. Here are 24 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home

  1. Track your plastic use for a week and report the results to the Pacific Beach Coalition

  1. Take a breather and enjoy this tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden from home.

  1. Start your own Victory Garden 

  1. Breathe free at home. Check out these 20 Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Less cars means more fun for bikes! Marin County Bicycle Coalition

  1. Take the Marin Climate Action Plan Survey

  1. Buy local. Here are amazing resources from the Marin Agricultural Land Trust

  1. Or don’t buy anything! Find a group with the Buy Nothing Project

  1. Whew! Time for another breather. Check out the live Sea Otter Cam

  1. Learn what plastic recycling really means. Recycling Symbols for Plastic

  1. Turn off lights when you are not using them, and fix water leaks at home.

  1. Reward yourself by watching this gorgeous film (just 4.5 minutes long) showing how everything is connected to everything.

Singularity: by Marie Howe (after Stephen Hawking)

Top Ten Reasons for Choosing A Green Realtor

GreenLogo_CMYK-1Why work with a Realtor with a Green Designation? 

  1. Work with a professional who shares your values.
  2. Someone who knows how to market green certified properties to get the maximum value.
  3. Someone who can help you determine which low-cost fixes or big-budget upgrades will increase the value and comfort of your home.
  4. Someone who connects you with resources for green-certified vendors and rebate programs.
  5. Someone who can help you get your home green certified.
  6. Someone who can help buyers identify financing options for green homes.
  7. Someone who can help appraisers understand the value of a green property or green upgrades.
  8. Someone who can help buyers identify green properties or those with green potential.
  9. Someone who helps you find the best home for you that is healthy, comfortable and sustainable.
  10. Someone who is equally committed to doing the best possible job for both you and the planet.

Going Green? Let’s Get Started!

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Greening Your Home
Green homes are healthy, comfortable, durable, and resource efficient. Small, cost-effective changes can make a big difference. To borrow a quote from Anne-Marie Bonneau, the Zero Waste Chef, we don’t need a handful of people doing sustainability perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly. 

To that end, check out my talk at Tiny Talks Mill Valley that explores the Green Point Rating System developed by Build It Green of California. Using a system of points, homes can qualify for the Green Point Rating, which can increase the resale value up to 5% in our local Marin County market. Watch the video to see how a small San Rafael bungalow, built in 1924, qualifies for the Green Point Rating. 

Want to know more? Here’s the Green Point Rated Checklist where you can see the point categories and see if your home qualifies, or find some big and small changes you could make in 2020. You are probably closer than you think!

Want to get started with home upgrades? Here are some good places to start.

Marin County Sustainability Programs for Residents
San Francisco Rebates for Energy Efficient Upgrades

Want to live more sustainably? There are a million different ways, but here are a few local organizations to check out.

Zero Waste Marin
Resilient Neighborhoods
Buy Nothing Project

It’s Official! I’m a Green Business!

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Corcoran Global Living’s Lucinda Otto Certified As a Green Business

January 9, 2020 – Lucinda Otto from Corcoran Global Living’s Greenbrae office was recently certified as a California Green Business. She is just one of just a small handful of Certified Green Businesses serving the real estate industry. The California Green Business Network works with small to medium-sized businesses to promote a robust green economy. The Network is committed to making communities healthier and more livable while managing resources responsibly and saving money. These businesses have met high standards of sustainability, and are leading the way toward making a positive impact in California. 

In addition, Lucinda Otto holds a Green Designation from the National Association of REALTORS®. Green designees are skilled at advising homeowners on how to take actionable steps to improve a home’s market value with green alternatives. Those who hold this designation are granted exclusive opportunities to market green properties and enjoy access to resources available through the members-only Green REsource Council. 

“We congratulate Lucinda on her commitment to the industry and to the environment,” remarked Jenn Pfeiffer, Sales Manager at Corcoran Global Living. “She brings a great deal of skill and talent to the table, and is an important part of our team.” 


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