Climate Ride Northwest 2016 - Please Support David and Anni - Riding for CASBA and Architecture 2030


Dear Friends:

In late May of this year, Anni and David received some exciting news: we were no longer on the waiting list and are now officially registered for the Climate Ride Pacific Northwest!

You are likely familiar with the Climate Ride from David's past appeals, most recently in 2014 when our daughter Ellie joined David in riding 270 miles from San Francisco to Sacramento. This year’s ride features 6 days with over 350 miles and 24,500 feet of climbing. It's challenging for sure, but it also promises to be beautiful, incorporating several islands including Vancouver Island in Canada, and a day on a closed road in Olympic National Park.

David and Anni are riding to raise funds for the California Straw Building Association (CASBA), which has received over $16,700 through donations to its climate riders over the past 4 years; these funds have gone toward getting straw bale construction into the 2015 International Residential Code. This model code was fully adopted into the 2016 California Residential Code, meaning that after Jan. 1, 2017, anyone can build a simple straw bale structure anywhere in California without the help of an architect or engineer, and it will be a lot easier to build taller and nonresidential straw bale buildings with this new code in place. CASBA plans to continue its code advocacy as well as outreach in researching and publicizing the carbon sequestering potential of straw and other natural building materials.

We are also riding for Architecture 2030, the foremost architecture think tank toward eliminating carbon impacts in the built environment, targeting zero net energy and a path to carbon neutral buildings. Architecture 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate crisis. They were instrumental in securing the Paris Accord, and their voice will be key to spreading awareness of ultra low embodied carbon building systems: wood, adobe, cob, hempcrete, light straw clay and of course straw bale.

We have ramped up our training, and now we need your help to ramp up donations. Anni needs to raise at least $4000 by July 28, and David $5000. Please support our efforts by making a generous donation to one or both of us by clicking the following links:

Anni's Donation Page

David's Donation Page

In gratitude for your contributions that exceed $50 respectively, Anni will send a custom t-shirt designed by our son Austin Tilt Arkin, and David will send a jar of Climate Ride Olives (custom blend of brine- and salt-cured). For combined contributions totaling $350 or more we'll send you 2 stainless steel pint glasses bearing the 'CASBA' logo (great for camping) plus a jar of David's unique homemade olive tapenade.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to expand awareness of our collective climate change challenge, and the work of CASBA and Architecture 2030 in expanding solutions.


Anni & David / Arkin Tilt Architects