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Aug 26

Green Living Tip | Pedal power: Bicycles on a roll in big cities

2012-10-15 Green Living TipsWith gasoline prices hitting $4.40 in parts of California and averaging $3.85 across the nation this October, there may never be a better time to bike to work or school.

But for those who need more persuading, consider this: every 6 miles biked instead of driven save 3.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 9 cents in health care costs, according to Danish studies.

European cities — in particular Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin — have long been bicycle friendly. In Copenhagen, officials say half the residents there commute on bicycles.

This spring, Copenhagen opened an 11-mile “bicycle superhighway” to the western suburb of Albertslund, equipped with air pumps every mile, footrests and lights. With the superhighway, and plans for more like it, city officials hope to encourage even more bicycle ridership. Studies show it cuts health costs by keeping people more physically fit and reducing pollution.

Copenhagen officials believe the superhighway will convince more people to take two-wheel transit as a serious alternative to regular train or car travel.

In the congested Danish city, bicycles are simply more convenient than cars, many point out. That feeling is shared by a growing number of people in American cities, including New Yorkers.

In the past six years, at the urging of Mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City has added 255 miles of bicycle lanes onto streets previously dedicated to cars. In a recent poll by the New York Times, 66 percent of respondents said they were a good idea.

And in March, New York is scheduled to launch an ambitious Paris-like bike-sharing program, with 7,000 bikes at 420 stations.

Can a Manhattan “cycle superhighway” be far behind?

Henrik Dam Kristensen, Copenhagen’s minister for transport, speaks for many when he talks about the transformative power of peddling.

“When you have been biking for 30 minutes, you have a really good feeling about yourself,” he told the New York Times. “You really enjoy a glass of wine because you’ve earned it.”

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Aug 13

OC Metro Magazine “Movers & Shakers – Brad Shuckhart”

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Movers & Shakers

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Brad Shuckhart A Southern California land expert, Brad Shuckhart has joined Trumark Homes as vice president of land acquisitions. In his new role, he will be responsible for identifying new land opportunities, negotiating purchase contracts, coordinating due diligence activities and closing transactions.

Aug 12

Green Living Tip: What’s in Your Toothpaste?

Sodium Bicarbonate with ToothbrushGood genes may be the reason your late Aunt Emma sported a mouthful of strong, healthy teeth when she died at a ripe old age.

Her great teeth might also be due, in part, to the dental products she used.

Old-fashioned baking soda, it turns out, is one of the least abrasive of all teeth cleaners.

As Dental Designs of Salt Lake City reports on its website:  “Toothpaste can be good and bad.  Unfortunately, the better it is at removing stain, the better it is at removing enamel, also.”

The Federal Drug Administration and the American Dental Association have come up with a system to measure the abrasive level of toothpastes, called the RDA value.  The table is reproduced on several websites, including these:

http://www.greatmismiles.com/blog/2012/03/toothpasteandabrasion

http://www.levysmiles.com/docs/Abrasiveness_of_Common_Toothpase.pdf

http://thegreendivas.com/2012/08/20/sustainablesmilewithnaturaldentalcare/

http://dukeslc.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/toothpaste-abrasion-ratings/

Compared with commercial toothpastes, baking soda is the gentlest on your teeth, it shows.

Below, a partial look at the rankings; the higher the number, the more abrasive the product:

7 plain baking soda
8 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder
35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care
42 Arm & Hammer Advance White Baking Soda Peroxide
68 Colgate Regular
70 Colgate Total
79 Sensodyne
95 Crest Regular

113 Aquafresh Whitening
117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel
124 Colgate Whitening
130 Crest Extra Whitening
145 Ultra brite Advanced Whitening Formula

150 Pepsodent 165 Colgate Tartar Control
168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint
200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening

At the Green Divas website, http://thegreendivas.com/2012/08/20/sustainablesmilewithnaturaldentalcare/, blogger Lisa says she’s given up toothpaste entirely.

 “Mydentist recommends NOT using toothpaste at all. Water is best or dipping your toothbrush in mouthwash. If you have to use toothpaste, pick one that is valued at 45 or less and only use a tiny bit. 

“I hate to say it but I grew up on Colgate and Crest. Fortunately I have been using lower numbers for some of my adult years, but I am now taking Dr. Scaffs advice and NOT using toothpaste.”

If more of us adopted Dr, Scaff’s advice, the environment would also benefit:  there’d be far fewer used toothpaste tubes and packaging to clog landfills, and we’d cut down on energy needed for manufacturing and transportation.

And wouldn’t Aunt Emma be proud?

Aug 08

Trumark Homes Hires Vice President of Land Acquisitions

Residential Real Estate Specialist to Oversee Land Acquisitions in Southern California

Brad Shuckhart PhotoNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – August 8, 2013 – Brad Shuckhart, a Southern California land expert, has joined Trumark Homes as vice president of land acquisitions. In his new role, Shuckhart will be responsible for identifying new land opportunities, negotiating purchase contracts, coordinating due diligence activities and closing transactions.

Shuckhart has more than a decade of experience acquiring land in Southern California and other high growth markets.  Formerly a land executive at SunCal, Shuckhart was instrumental in helping the company purchase more than 13,000 residential units with a projected disposition value in excess of $2 billion.

Shuckhart is a graduate of Pomona College.  He also earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

 

About The Trumark Group of Companies

The Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate developer and builder with expertise in land acquisition, homebuilding, community design, entitlements and office, R&D and retail development.

Trumark Companies is the residential development arm of the organization and has completed more than $600 million in transactions since 2000, representing approximately 3,800 lots in Northern and Southern California.  www.trumarkco.com/companies

Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings, has entitled or developed approximately two million square feet of office, R&D, retail and hotel properties in the northern portion of the Golden State. www.trumarkco.com/commercial

Trumark Homes is a new generation homebuilder that is nimble, focused and unburdened by broken projects of the past. Since May of 2009, Trumark has raised more than $155 million of equity and funded 16 deals. Its pipeline exceeds 2,000 lots in core urban areas of California, representing more than $1 billion in future revenue. www.trumarkhomes.com

Trumark Urban engages in multifamily acquisition and development in core urban neighborhoods close to jobs, transit and local businesses. Since making the strategic decision to focus on San Francisco in 2011, the new division has acquired six sites in San Francisco for mid- and high-rise condominium communities with plans in the works for more than 600 units.www.trumarkurban.com