North Carolina artist William MangumOur friends over at the Cape Fear Green Building Association will be holding a book sale this Saturday, July 24th, 2010 to help raise money for the Nature Conservancy’s restoration funds for the Gulf. The sales will be at three separate locations around Wilmington, North Carolina from 11am – 5pm. Come by Lumina Station on Eastwood Road, Stone Garden on Market Street or Sapona Green Building Center on S. 17th Street to not only help a worthy cause but also to take advantage of the discounted price on a local artist’s unique book, “Carolina Preserves”. The book includes more than 100 reproductions of watercolors by artist William Mangum of special places throughout North Carolina including the Southport Harbor, Bellamy Mansion and Old Baldy. The book also includes essays by some of the state’s most colorful personalities, such as Dean Smith, Kay Yow, Charlie Rose, Michael Jordan and Bob Timberlake. The retail price for “Carolina Preserves” is $99.85, but the books will be sold for $30 each on the day of the sale.

For more information on this Gulf Coast fundraiser in Wilmington, NC visit the Cape Fear Green Building Association website!

Cape Fear Green Building AssociationDid you know there is a well-connected Green building organization in Wilmington, NC? The Cape Fear Green Building Alliance is a great resource for homeowners looking to retrofit their home, Green building professionals wanting to take educational courses, Green event in the area and everything in between! The Mark Johnson Custom Homes team learned the value of the CFGBA last year when we had a chance to work with them after building our first completely Green home in Wilmington, NC. This new home in Landfall, which is Energy Star and LEED Platinum Certified, was featured in the CFGBA’s 5th Annual Solar and Green Building Tour.

The CFGBA has monthly socials, offers online message boards via their website, monthly e-newsletters, resourceful online publications available and much more! Visit their site today and see how the CFGBA can help you with all of your Green building needs!

Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom homes would like to ensure that New Hanover County residents are aware of a new disposal law for paint waste. Below is a statement from the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance’s latest newsletter, and to read their previous newsletters, click here!

“The New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management has implemented a new policy on paint waste. Paint waste is defined as latex and oil-based paints, lacquer thinner, spray paint, paint strippers, mineral spirits, varnishes, wood stains, used brushes and rollers, etc. The new paint waste policy will be as follows:

Homeowners and contractors are instructed to solidify their paint waste by removing the lid and placing it in an open area or by adding an absorbent material such as sawdust, kitty litter, sand, etc. Once the paint waste has been solidified, they should place it in their trash cart or dumpster along with their regular trash. If homeowners or contractors arrive at the Landfill or Wastec facility with solidified paint waste for disposal, they will be charged the current tip fee for municipal solid waste. If homeowners or contractors arrive at the Landfill with liquid paint waste for disposal they will be directed to the Wastec facility and charged the current tip fee for municipal solid waste. For more information, call 910-798-4400.”

Green Living

Wrightsville Beach, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to attend the Cape Fear Green Building Association’s Green Living Expo & Conference! It will be held on October 21st at the Hilton Riverside in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. The Green Living Expo and Conference is for people in the Wilmington region interested in living a Green lifestyle, developing Green-related businesses and learning about local Green initiatives. In addition to the Green Expo, there will be seminars & workshops, a keynote speaker luncheon and the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards. 

Green HomeFor more information on the seminars and workshops, including a detailed list and registration instructions, click here. Topics to be discussed include Green retrofitting, landscaping, solar thermal, tax credits and rebates and more!

The Green Expo will be in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30 pm – 7 pm and free to the public. The Expo will feature products and services from a range of industries dedicated to operating businesses, homes and people’s lives in a Greener way. For more information on the Expo, click here.

The Keynote Speaker Luncheon will be from Noon – 1:30 pm and welcomes Jack Fuller, the CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Learn about the multi-billion dollar bets GE is making on Green initiatives through its Ecomagination Program. Advanced registration is required; for more information click here.

The evening will end with the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards & Reception from 7 pm – 8 pm. The Visions of Green Wilmington Awards will recognize the people who see Green opportunities in the Wilmington region. For more information, including how to enter, click here.

Mark Johnson Custom Homes will have a booth at the Expo in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30pm – 7pm. We welcome you to stop by and look forward to seeing you there!