Sustainable Walnut Creek

Who We Are

Robert Joe
Bob Joe’s green journey gathered momentum in the 90’s when Bob and Lily Joe constructed their retirement house, “Ecohouse Walnut Creek”  World’s first two story steel and straw-bale residence, built on Feng Shui principals with sustainable materials and technologies.

Bob, a  LEED AP and certified sustainable building advisor is a founding member of SWC and SCOCO, a Climate Reality Corps Fellow (Belleview, WA, 2017), member ECA (Elders Climate Action),  past member of USGBC NCC’S Diablo East Bay Branch, past member of Contra Costa County and City of San Ramon’s Green Residential Advisory Task Force, past “Green Talk” columnist for DVCCA (Diablo Valley Chinese Cultural Association).

“We’re not doing enough and need to do so much more.  We owe it to our grand kids, future generations and all living things!”   

 


Marsha C. Golangco
Marsha C. Golangco, principal of Golangco Global, is committed to a sustainable world that works for all. As a co-founder of the company, Marsha brings Sustainable Design and Systems to communities all over the globe.

As an avid community contributor, Marsha serves on the board of many community/business organizations. She is a board member of the Professional Women in Building, both local and State levels; a co-founder of Sustainable Contra Costa; the Advocacy Chair of United States Green Building Council’s Diablo East Bay Branch and the past chair of the Human Relations Commission of Contra Costa County.

Marsha is also a public speaker and the author of two Feng Shui books – The Power of Feng Shui for Builders and The Power of Feng Shui for Your Life. Her third book – The Power of Feng Shui for Sustainable Green Living was published in 2013.


BobSimmonsBob Simmons
Bob was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture before retiring in 2004. Bob served on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space and the Planning Commissions for the City of Walnut Creek, and served on the City Council from 2008 through 2016. In addition to being a founder of SWC, Bob currently is President of the Walnut Creek Sister Cities International, Vice-President of the Orinda Hiking Club, Chair of the Walnut Creek Watershed Council, and on the board of the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation. Bob is an avid hiker, traveler and gardener, and is also a Contra Costa Master Gardener.


Art Coon
As the head of Miller Starr Regalia’s Sustainable Development Practice Group, Art Coon guides clients through a broad range of real property, land use and environmental matters.

Art has distinguished himself as a litigator at the trial and appellate levels of both federal and state courts, including an appearance as counsel of record before the U.S. Supreme Court. His areas of expertise include land use, environmental law, the law of public agencies, extraordinary writs, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Art also counsels and advocates for clients who have matters in front of administrative bodies.

Art received a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1986, Art was awarded the Order of the Coif, served as a Law Review editor, was a member of the Trial Practice Honors Board, and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Conflict of Laws and Commercial Paper. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1982.

Art is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently Vice Chair of the Diablo East Bay Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter. He has served as a member of the Bay Area Economic Forum’s CEQA Work Group, and is an Advisory Board Member of the California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter (Argent Communications).

Art taught Land Use Planning as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law in Spring 2002, and has served numerous years as a speaker/panelist on CEB’s annual Recent Developments in Real Property Law Practice panel, serving as moderator in 2002.

In addition to his contributions in the courtroom and the classroom, Art has published and presented extensively. He has written dozens of articles for law reviews, legal periodicals, and other publications, as well as authoring the chapters “CEQA” and “Subdivisions, Land Use Planning, and Approvals” in Miller & Starr, California Real Estate, Third Edition. He is co-author of the Miller & Starr Chapter on Community Redevelopment, and the Book, “From Here To Attorney! The Ultimate Guide To Excelling In Law School And Launching Your Legal Career.”


Cedprofilepic2014Cedric C. Cheng
Cedric C. Cheng has extensive experience in graphic arts began in 1996 when he co-founded LINC Designs which later became Cedric Cheng Design.  He also served as a senior graphic designer for many local print shops in Walnut Creek, Dublin, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill and continues to consult with them to this day.  His range of clients include non-profits, small businesses, marketing, public relations and political campaigns.

Mr. Cheng is a graduate from San Francisco State University. He has served on numerous non-profits boards and volunteering for different causes ranging from environmental issues, the Asian American community as well as in public affairs.  Mr. Cheng current serves on the Concord Pavilion Community Outreach Committee since being appointed by the Concord City Council in February 2019.


Tameez-SunderjiTameez Sunderji
Born and raised in Canada, Tameez now resides in Walnut Creek with his wife (a Walnut Creek native) and daughter. He has a long career in the technology space, and is currently working in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Tameez is passionate about applying technology for social good and is excited to spearhead technology-focused initiatives with Sustainable Contra Costa. Tameez holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT.


Sheila Hill
Sheila Hill is a Founding Member of Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) and a true Bay Area native, having lived, worked and played here her whole life. She is a Contra Costa County Master Gardener and most recently served as the Development Manager at the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, where she enjoyed volunteering and then working for many years to cultivate environmental awareness with children as well as fundraising to support those important programs. Sheila works with students, parents, teachers and administrators countywide to support and promote sustainability on their campuses and in their communities through her Sustainable Schools program. Collaborating with other local nonprofit organizations has always been a priority and current projects include working with Wellness City Challenge to improve the food in schools – while incorporating other facets of sustainability such as waste reduction, green cleaning, and schools gardens.


Tina King Neuhausel
Tina has spent the last 16 years of her professional life helping to advance smart, efficient technologies and managing programs that educate and inspire people to make their homes, businesses, and communities more sustainable. Tina co-founded and has run Sustainable Contra Costa since 2008. She was Education & Outreach Director for Sustainable San Mateo County (2006-2010) and consulted with governments and businesses on renewable energy projects and policies, and sustainable building and business practices as Owner of Next Generation Energy Network (2004-2007). Tina served as Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Jim Beall [currently State Senator] focusing on energy, workforce development, transportation, and land-use issues and created the Santa Clara County Fuel Cell Advancement Initiative. Tina has eight years executive management experience in the hotel industry. She received her MPA degree from San Francisco State University.


Shirley-McGrathShirley McGrath
Shirley was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, speaks Spanish and has a particular fondness for the Latin culture.  After returning to the States from South America, she did social work in Camden, NJ.  She then headed to Puerto Rico with her husband to train Peace Corps Volunteers.  To return to the U.S. they flew to Panama and drove 8000 miles with a new baby through Central America and Mexico to Portland, OR.  In 1971 they chose the Bay Area as their home and became involved in Creative Initiative Foundation.  They bought a house in Mexico in 2000 and enjoy very much their relationships with the Mexican people. When it became obvious that Climate Change was the most important issue of our time, Shirley joined Elders Climate Action in 2015 and helped found the Northern California Chapter.  She works on a national and local level to raise awareness and engage with elders to confront the climate crisis.

 


In Memoriam


Barbara Safran
Barbara Safran was committed to helping others create a world that her grandchildren and someday her great grandchildren can enjoy. A sustainable Walnut Creek is one step in that endeavor.

Barbara had 8 grandchildren, loves to sing, do photography, and spent time with her family and friends. Barbara’s passion was facilitating others to be the best they can be and through that discovering that she got to be the best she can be as well. She believed that part of being the best we can be was being aware of how we best used our valuable resources.