Green Project Consulting

Nearly every person on Earth wants a comfortable home in which
to live long and prosper. Unfortunately, the planet is suffering
due to the demands of our huge population. We require resources to
build and maintain our homes, and the chemicals and agents we put
into construction are downright dangerous to our health. But the
tide of public awareness is changing. Green Project Consulting,
founded in Santa Barbara last December, is educating homeowners,
builders, renters, and buyers on the principles of sustainability
and making one’s home “green.”

“We’re a company of three,” said Alelia Parenteau, president of
Green Project Consulting, “and each of us has an intense passion
for preserving the environment and passing our information along to
others. We also want to underscore that it reduces your bills to
live in a green home.”

A “green” home utilizes solar panels, natural lighting,
non-toxic paints and glues, and reused and salvaged building
materials; but most homes today are not green. Most were built
years ago, and stockpiles of terrible poisons still dwell within
them, gradually leaking into the environment and our bodies. But
people everywhere — including architects and contractors — are
growing sensitive to the importance of changing our old and toxic
ways. “A lot of people today are remodeling or rebuilding, and they
want to know how they’re doing in terms of greening their homes,”
said Parenteau. “We come in and make an assessment — and sometimes
we work with architects. We look at the building site in terms of
alignment toward the sun, what flora and fauna live there, and
we’ll think about recycling the construction waste and where to get
salvaged or reused materials.”

Green Project Consulting also deals in landscaping, both
ornamental and functional. The firm advises clients in producing
beautiful, edible gardens while minimizing water requirements and
maintaining a focus on native, low-impact species.

“In the end, people can do what they want to do with their
homes; we’re just here to educate them,” said Parenteau. “There are
so many ways to make your home green; it can get really daunting if
you don’t have the proper guidance.”

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