Archive for the ‘Green Design / Living’ Category

Make Your Own Experience…a New Year’s Promise

December 21, 2011

2011 was, for me, a year of much volunteerism, all of which I greatly value and appreciate.  The people I’ve met, the groups I’ve learned about…all of it.  And it came from being open to invitations and trusting people, but then carefully selecting.  As we near the eve of 2012, a fresh year, with fresh perspective, I thought I’d share something about being involved in something greater than ourselves.  And yes, it always take a bit of effort.  But that’s what also makes it worthwhile…

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I believe that you make your own experience….and your own community.

So I admit it would annoy me when some high school friends would come home from college for their breaks and say to me, “How can you really get anything out of such a big school?”  You see, many of them were attending Ivy League universities (smaller classes, smaller campus) and I was attending UCLA (with a mere 35,000 students).

My response?  “Do you go visit your professors’ office hours and get to know them? Have you sought out an activity that you can embrace that gives you satisfaction in return?”  Often the answer to the first question was “uh, no”, but I had, and that made the school ‘smaller’ to me.  Some had done the latter.  For me, the latter was what made my college experience and played a major role in forming my approach to life.

My major was fantastic and I use every day what I learned.  But as it was more theoretical, I found the perfect practical complement, the college radio station at UCLA, where I became an on-air personality, head of the mobile DJ unit, and most importantly, the Director of Operations.  I ingrained myself, learning how things ran, how we worked with the administration to get funding, hiring/firing, and creating an alumni fundraiser…and I made a handful of lifelong friends.  Also key to my life (and to this discussion):  we were the underdog media outlet on campus, and we all banded together with a determination that everyone else should know about and respect what we offered.

Fast forward to today…

Those of us involved in the world of sustainability like to think that everyone around us is, too, and that everyone in the country is at least aware of the concept or the importance.  Of course, that is so not true, and we are certainly ‘the underdog’.  Just walk to your local convenience store, or go to a school meeting or art show, and see what the level of awareness is in displays or in talking to fellow attendees.

So become an active underdog and find a community that resonates with YOU (not your friends, not your spouse, but YOU first) and ingrain yourself.

My special focus happens to be green building.  I discovered that the Los Angeles Chapter of the US Green Building Council was opening a Westside branch (where I live) by wandering into a presentation.  I then offered to come and help where I can.  Now, not only am I fully ingrained in our branch and help create programming and support our team, but I’m more active in the overall Chapter and have met some of the smartest and nicest people I know.

A+D Museum


I attend events through Green Drinks or Women of the Green Generation, and support Global Green, Rock the Boat film and Pipe Dreams film, but committing myself to one group solidly that resonates with me daily has served me (and hopefully them) well.  This has lead me also to involvement with the great A+D Museum, and even aligns with some of my clients.

Find a group that resonates with you to walk in to or go online and get involved with?  Some ideas…

  • Get involved with the Charlotte Green Team – go-to source on sustainability efforts within the Charlotte, NC, community.  What’s your town’s equivalent?
  • Help toward expanding the green workforce through Green for All.
  • Fight the Tar Sands.  Here is a link with a wonderful list of resources from Burbank Green Alliance and Wilder Utopia.
  • Do a search in your community for green organizations and pick one.  Detroit, MI, has Greening Detroit, for instance.
  • Help a person or community rebuild with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Engage kids in learning and advocating for a sustainable economy and education: Teens Turning Green or Green Works in Kansas City.
  • Industry specific?  The furnishings industry has formed the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
  • Get active on your school’s PTA and if remodeling is being done, help guide it sustainably; or help initiate an organic garden on campus.  Become the green voice for your kids.
  • Understand and learn to work with native flora at the Theodore Payne Foundation; start with a class, and you might find you do more!
  • Help organize locally worldwide through 350.org.  

I met a recent college graduate a few months ago at a LOHAS event and he was overwhelmed with the green group choices in Los Angeles alone.  I bet you can imagine my response…

Would love to here from everyone about your local opportunities, YOUR interests…please share!  What will YOU get involved in and try out for 2012?

True Entrepreneurship (and happens to be Green, too!)

April 27, 2011

If you’ve ever had a great idea for a company or product…check out this interview with Eduardo Sciammarella at GatherGreen.com and LEARN how it’s done!

http://greenisgood.fm/2011/04/electronic-waste-journal-ismail-oyekan-gathergreen-eduardo-sciammarella/

If you don’t know the GreenIsGood.com show by John Shegerian, he’s one of the best interviewers, and really understands and relates well to ENTREPRENEURS…because he IS one.

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Practically Green…proud to be a part

April 21, 2011

Just thought I’d let ya’ll know how excited I am to be a new guest blogger (my 1st time guesting for anyone!) for a site that I’ve discovered and really like the direction of:  PracticallyGreen.com!

And on that note…be sure to check out my first post!

http://blog.practicallygreen.com/2011/04/reduce-reuse-recycle-were-celebrating-earth-day-every-day-at-practically-green/

Lots of great bloggers posting this week on that site, too, for Earth Week…so be sure to sign up there and take your easy, but directed, test to get you on a cool step-by-step path.  Love how they break it all down for you!

Have a GREAT Earth Day, everyone!

Lindeman/Stevens Landscape Design Offers Vision of an “American” Garden Combined with “afterC.A.R.E.” Program for Longevity of Design

March 9, 2011

Los Angeles, CA (February 2011) – The recently formed Lindeman/Stevens Landscape Design unites respected landscape designer Dennis Stevens and business partner Karla Lindeman. The two have worked together in the past, but decided the time was ripe for their new firm which pairs Stevens’ vast, 20+ year experience in landscape design and his artistic vision towards exteriors with Lindeman’s strong horticultural knowledge and business experience.  A significant and timely part of their vision is also focused on the logic of an “American” garden: creating beautiful, smart design that will look as good in 10 or 20 years as when it is installed, and utilizing their unique “afterC.A.R.E.” program.

“We like to bring this perspective to as many clients as possible,” states Stevens.  “Using the right plant materials in the right places so that the end result looks just as good in 20 years with a minimal maintenance after-care program is the sustainable dream. It’s even easy to create ‘eco-friendly’ landscaping that is sophisticated and beautiful—not dry and barren—if it is well designed.”

Stevens notes that our traditional vision in America of the perfect landscape is what we copied from European architecture, which often includes symmetry and lushness.  While Stevens is proud of his work on many projects that have such a classic tenor, he hopes to provide confidence in creating an “American” garden which uses what makes sense for where we live, creates a haven uniquely our own, and also cleans the air as one important benefit.

But it’s the financial and time savings that Lindeman/Stevens sees as maybe the most timely benefits of choosing an “American” garden.  Using appropriate and beautiful regional plants results in longevity of survival and simplicity of maintenance.  These are certainly sustainable concepts, both for the environment and for people’s personal finances. Sophistication, cohesion and yes, symmetry, with the surroundings are the corresponding, positive visual results.

After installation, Lindeman/Stevens offers an “afterC.A.R.E.” (Create A Responsible Environment) plan that is uniquely prepared for the client and their design, especially smart if a large investment has been made.  This can include scheduled visits by the team, working with the client (or their gardener) to ensure proper maintenance—from specialty pruning, feeding schedules, water conservation, to professional pest and disease inspections. Stevens’ high-end clients who have used the “afterC.A.R.E.” services since installation have seen that with minimal, yet knowledgeable, service they have attained the longevity of their investment. Others have realized the program’s benefits later, after not paying attention to their original design investment, and then having to spend unnecessary time and money to return it to its proper state.

“We like to find the alternatives to what people are used to seeing,” says Lindeman.  “Dennis’ eye as a working artist has helped him look at and combine plants in a different way, one that others wouldn’t initially think of until he shows them the big picture.  And if he turns their garden more eco-friendly in the process, that’s a wonderful plus.”

ABOUT LINDEMAN/STEVENS

Dennis Stevens serves as the principal designer, with longtime business partner Karla Lindeman, for Los Angeles based Lindeman/Stevens Landscape Design.  In the landscape design profession for over 20 years, Stevens specializes in contemporary California-inspired landscapes, as well as traditional and modernist exteriors.  The partners believe in providing truly great design that will look just as good in 10 or 20 years as when it is installed.

An accomplished painter as well as landscape designer, Stevens is passionate about translating his artistic skills into sophisticated, timeless outdoor environments that also incorporate a sustainable outlook toward minimal maintenance.  His global work has been recognized by magazines from Architectural Digest and Garden Design to Variety, and featured in many film and television programs. His client list includes Hollywood celebrities, CEOs, noted architects and designers. Lindeman is a longtime collaborator of Stevens, with a history in landscape architecture, real estate development, business ownership, and a passion and ability for working with a wide variety of plants.

Combining an artistic approach with in-depth horticultural knowledge, Lindeman/Stevens achieves distinctive outdoor designs worth talking about.  Lindeman/Stevens is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, and involved with the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy. (www.lindemanstevens.com)

Green Roundtable’s new “green” certification for design and construction firms

February 7, 2011

“Through its Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI), the Boston-based Green Roundtable (GRT) has produced a new “green” certification for design and construction firms. The program recognizes firms that have the institutional capacity to deliver consistent, high-quality sustainability services and projects. Recently piloted in the Boston area and now available nationally, it includes 64 required credits and 15 optional credits that provide a roadmap for further improvement.”

For rest of article from EBN:  http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2011/1/27/SPI-Green-Firm-Certification-Goes-National/

Thanks for sending me this, Tova Greenberg of Nexus Green Building Resource Center (www.nexusboston.org)!

2011 Begins…and fare thee well to 2010

January 4, 2011

Well, we’ve had a pretty nice beginning to 2011 today, folks.  And happy to be in the new year.  I don’t usually wish a year to be gone, but I think I was pretty done with 2010.

Rang in the new year with an evening of close friends, good food and maybe my best bowling score ever (177, thank you very much!) after a very special trip for Christmas to Paris and the outskirts, spending most valued time with my sister and my niece and 2 nephews.  And…I was highly fortunate to miss any travel weather issues.  

I got to play with my new iPad on the trip, but plan to delve into the world of apps and iPad possibilities strongly in 2011.  And after seeing “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech”, I’m re-inspired to create and push through any potential obstacles.

And now we lunged today headfirst into 2011 with our current projects which we are proud of and excited about:

Also we continue to actively lend our services to the West Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, where we’ve met an incredible group of people.

More to come, but let’s go with that for now.  We also are pleased to see several wonderful pieces just published today on former beloved client DedeMed, especially  http://www.coastmagazine.com/articles/denisehazime-1522–.html.  Reading that, you’ll start cooking Mediterranean tomorrow, and what a fun 2011 that would launch!

And one other item:  I hope to start writing, blogging, whatever you want to call it, more this year…encouraged by a dear friend.  It’s something I always put off, but am hopeful to meet that challenge this year, and as client Pamela (Pamela’s Products) says in her campaign for 2011:  BE MORE!  Don’t ya just love it?

CHEERS, everyone!

AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW “PlasterPlus” BRINGS HARD, NO-VOC, REPAIRABLE PLASTER TO COST OF ZERO-VOC PAINT

October 25, 2010

NEW PRODUCT TARGETS BIG BUILD, COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPERS

Albuquerque, NM (October 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in cost and durability for commercial interior wall finishes. Our new PlasterPlus™  binder is added to the American Clay earthen plasters, resulting in a hard, yet repairable, No-VOC finish for the cost of a high quality, Zero-VOC paint job.  PlasterPlus™  is sold dry in 27 lb. lots through select commercial distributors, and is intended for commercial projects—such as healthcare, hospitality, universities—and big build residential.  The polymer binder has No-VOCs, is mold resistant, extremely easy-to-apply, and still can contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with singularity and timeless beauty—to any project. No wonder the field response has been ardently positive thus far.

American Clay has been used for numerous commercial / industrial jobs to date—from hotels (including Disney) and retail to schools, colleges, spas and churches. (Partial list attached.)  Now with PlasterPlus™ , American Clay can replace paint more equitably:  for 80,000 sq. ft. projects, the cost can come in as low as $1.00 per sq. ft., including labor and product.  Adding the completely repairable binder to the single-coat commercial Enjarre™, as well as to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products, results in the easiest, hardest surface application of American Clay to date, and at the cost of both your texture and your “Zero-VOC paint”.

PlasterPlus™-enhanced American Clay provides big project builders and developers the following benefits:

∗∗ Product cost as low as $.38 per sq. ft. for Enjarre™  one-coat application system.
Added hardness and increased ease of application.
∗∗ Longevity outlasting a painted wall, creating cost, labor and time savings. It does not need to be repainted for the life of the walls because the clay itself resists dirt and grime.
∗∗ Resistance to fading due to he natural mineral pigments.
∗∗ Highly suitable for economical spray-on application in one- or two-coat systems.
∗∗ Creates less than 5% on-site waste of material during application.
∗∗ Unlike other acrylic, gypsum or lime specialty finishes, walls coated with American Clay plaster with PlasterPlus™  can be wetted and reworked after application (without adding additional binder) to achieve desired results and yet is hard and durable.
∗∗ Cleanup is much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a No-VOC, Zero Formaldehyde choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your project’s interior environment.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, unlimited visual and textural possibilities.

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this product development.  “It took us a year of rigorous in-house testing and third party verification on VOC and formaldehyde levels to assure our team that we had a superior material to provide to large-scale builders and developers. Our goal is always to maintain a healthy indoor air quality to both applicator and the end-user.”

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, PlasterPlus™ is suitable for most substrates.  It will be sold in dry 27 lb. lots.  PlasterPlus™  is available through select commercial distributors; please contact sales@americanclay.com for a list.  Our countrywide system of approved applicators will be able to purchase this product in bulk for their projects.

Responses to the product thus far provide real world reaction:

“American Clay’s Enjarre Product with the PlasterPlus binder surprised us.  Here at Escondido we have a strong focus on the quality of the materials we use.  The quality of this product was what we would expect from a venetian plaster. The biggest difference was being able to get the quality we insist on without the budgetary considerations that a premium finish would typically require.” – Steve Markham, Escondido Vice President (model homes plus 65,000 square feet of Clubhouse and Spa)

“Our crew worked with PlasterPlus for the first time last week. They texted me from the project site to say how awesome the product is. The workability made the install easier and they were pleased with the look. They found compression to be “like a dream” and loved the result. The clients were delighted.
…We’ve been working on getting American Clay specified for a commercial building in downtown Denver, for about 3 years. The designer is innovative and wants to specify the clay, but recently the developer was concerned about “hardness” so it looked like we would lose the project. I made up some sample boards with the new PlasterPlus. The designer …called me and said that they were “really impressed” with the hardness of Enjarre with PlasterPlus and they intend to use it in the project.” – Deborah Hall, PhD, LEED AP; Owner, Hall’s Walls

American Clay is also posting today on http://www.americanclay.com under “Professional –> Commercial Projects” page:  the PlasterPlusTM  sellsheet, MSDS sheet, application instructions and a FAQ.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:
American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters, the commercial ENJARRE™  single coat plaster, and its new PlasterPlus™  binder offer a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural, durable and unique option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging.  American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  http://www.americanclay.com.
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American Clay DIY Game-Changer: Plaster ROLLS-ON w. Up & EZ!

September 29, 2010

AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW ‘Up & EZ!’ BINDER MAKES CLAY PLASTER ROLL-ON

UP TO 8 LEED POINTS, TOP INDOOR AIR QUALITY & BEAUTY JUST GOT EASY


Albuquerque, NM (September 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in the world of wall plasters.  Message? Throw away that hawk!  With the help of the company’s new Up & EZ! binder material, the long-hoped for roll-on application of their celebrated, healthy clay plaster interior finishes is ready for release. Up & EZ! is being shipped to local dealers who have been anticipating the no-VOC, mold resistant and easy-to-use product that continues to contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with timeless beauty and creativity—to any project.

American Clay can replace paint with this completely reemulsifiable–and therefore repairable—binder that is added to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products (Loma, Porcelina and Marittimo) to make it a roll-on product, as well as serving as a hardener.

Up & EZ! Roll-on Binder from American Clay

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this goal. “We have been developing a product that would eliminate the hawk-to-trowel process for Do-It-Yourselfers, one of our most respected customer groups.  We are incredibly excited to know that anyone now can grab a roller, and put the clay on the wall, followed by a simple pass with a trowel…thereby changing the air quality in any room, and providing the DIYer ease-of-use and total creative control!”

Yes, you will still need that trowel, but only once the clay is already rolled on with a 1¼” nap roller.  American Clay realized over the years that the process of moving the clay from the hawk to the wall with a trowel can intimidate a typical DIYer.  With the new Up & EZ! binder, they had several inexperienced DIYers—who barely had ever painted–test the new roll-on process. In under seven hours, these novices taped walls, rolled on 280 sq ft of LOMA (with Up & EZ! mixed in) in two coats, trowelled back the clay, compressed it, cleaned the roller and trowel, and put the furniture back. They also found that cleaning the clay off the roller was much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.

American Clay is also posting today a “How-To” video on their website and YouTube Channel, downloadable instructions/brochure, examples, as well as pricing on their site (http://americanclay.com/your-diy-info).  For dealers/distributors, a sell sheet and MSDS sheet is also available now.

As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a non-toxic, safe choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your room’s environment.  Adds Elsaesser, “It took us a year of rigorous third-party testing to assure our team that we had a no-VOC material to provide the homeowner.”

The Up & EZ! system keeps the price of American Clay’s Legacy products at $1.00 to $1.45 per square foot, when installed by a DIYer.

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, Up & EZ! Is suitable for most substrates, making it that much easier for the DIYer to obtain the texture, beauty and comfort of our classic earthen plasters. It will be sold in 1-lb. individual packets, available through American Clay distributors and dealers listed on http://www.americanclay.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural, elegant and durable option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging.  American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  www.americanclay.com.

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DIYer 'after' shot with Up & EZ!

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American Clay 2010 Makeover Contest Winners Announced

September 15, 2010

Judges Highlight Winners’ Artistry, Choice of Chem-Free Plaster over Synthetics

September 15, 2010

Albuquerque, NM (September 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of its 2nd annual Makeover Contest! Selena Hoit from Hayden, ID is the Grand Prize winner and the Honorable Mention winner for Professional category and Michele Kolb from Nantucket, MA is the Grand Prize winner for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) category. The submission period began April 15, 2010 and ended July 15, 2010.  Professionals and DIY-ers submitted projects in their respective categories to show off their remodeling and renovating skills using American Clay’s award-winning, patented, all-natural earth plasters to re-do a room.

This year’s contest attracted four leaders in the green building field as judges: Mary Cordaro, President of Mary Cordaro Inc. a certified Bau-Biologist; Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, author, green building expert and Principal of organicARCHITECT; Kelly LaPlante, leading eco-interior designer and founder of Standard Magazine; and Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and Host and Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated television showToday’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford®. American Clay CEO Croft Elsaesser also participated as a judge.

Selina Hoit, Professional, Grand Prize-"After"

For the contest, professional applicator Selina Hoit (http://creativejuicesdecor.blogspot.com) created an “old world” look for her client’s living room. She used American Clay’s Loma in Acacia with Mud Glue as a primer and Loma in Acacia as a topcoat. She also used the colors Savannah Moss, Palomino Valley, and Tuscon Gold brushed to create the effect of aged clay, in essence, a fresco. “I am thrilled that American Clay’s truly natural, healthy, 100% chemical free clay plaster can be applied with such beauty and artistry by the experts,” noted judge Mary Cordaro. “It proves that synthetics are not the only answer–a frequent and mistaken belief often held by highly skilled craftspeople.”

Michele Kolb, DIY, Grand Prize-"Before"

Michele Kolb renovated a historic 1747 Nantucket house, the first LEED (gold or silver, TBD) certified historic house renovation on Nantucket. She installed American Clay walls in Porcelina’s Sugarloaf White with a lime wash to resemble what the original 1747 walls may have looked like and to achieve LEED points for healthy air and recycled products. It was used in the living room, bath, stairway, and master and children’s bedrooms. Judge Kelly LaPlante selected a few shots of this house to publish in her debut issue of her new online publication, Standard Magazine. “The winners showcased what I love about American Clay in the first place – a gorgeous, healthy finish that brings a room to life,” wrote Eric Corey Freed.

Michele Kolb, DIY, Grand Prize-"After"

In the Professional category, 2nd place goes to Justin Evans from Dallas, TX (http://www.evansnaturalfinishes.com), for his condo remodel:  all common room walls and hallways he finished with Lomalina, then compressed and lightly burnished with specialty trowels. Honorable Mention goes to Grand Prize winner Selina Hoit for her second project submission: the guest room of a 5,000 sq. ft. home she’d done prior. The room’s fresco-like result required special ‘aging’ and blending skills. Selina notes, “I loved the depth…and I have fun pushing the product.”

In the DIY category, the Runner Up is the team of Brian and Margaret Gertz of La Quinta, CA, for the

remodel of their Lake Havasu vacation home. After initially using American Clay for the ceiling between beams, they say, “it turned out even more beautiful than we expected” and expanded their use to all the walls in their kitchen, living room, entry and informal eating area.

Submissions for each project were judged based on aesthetics, quality of application, and overall creativity in the use of American Clay.

Prizes differ for professionals and DIYers. The Professional Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 toward their choice of local advertising OR a private artist training class by American Clay’s professional staff and $500 worth of product; the Runner-up will receive $500 of local advertising OR $500 worth of product. The DIY Grand Prize winner can select either $1000 worth of American Clay product OR $500 cash; and the Runner-up can choose to receive either $500 of American Clay product OR $250 cash. A press release will be serviced to national and regional media announcing the winners with an image of their rooms.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging.  American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S.  The website, www.americanclay.com, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.

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