The Green Rebuilding Initiative was born out of a partnership with Global Green at Ventura Strong, a gathering of Ventura residents affected by the Thomas Fire. Homeowners registered their interest to get assistance from the Southern CA Design community as they began to rebuild (read about the first event here).
The destruction caused by the recent Thomas, Woolsey, and Hill Fires demonstrates not only that wildfire will be ever present but provides an opportunity for our communities to learn how to best build back green and more resilient for the future.
Building on that initial pilot program conducted with Global Green, USGBC-LA is working to create a robust set of content and tools to provide green rebuilding/repair education, technical assistance, and an accessible pool of experts to provide one-on-one technical support and resources to people who have or will be affected by wildfire. These tools will become part of a fire rebuilding response kit for the region with not only content, but a prepared pool of industry experts from the the USGBC-LA member community to facilitate green rebuilding efforts in the wake of a fire or other natural disaster quickly and efficiently.
On Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 in conjunction with the City of Ventura and our partnership with Global Green, homeowners affected by the Thomas Fire connected with USGBC-LA volunteer experts.
“Indeed, it was nothing short of a great experience! It looks like most of them are starting to build. I hope we’ll be able to help them more.” – Volunteer