Home Improvement

EPISODE 2: Environmentally Responsible Home Improvements



Cat Chang, Andrews + Chang

An adjunct professor in architecture and community design, Ms. Chang directs private practice at Andrews + Chang and Catherine Chang Design Studio. Recipient of several awards, Ms. Chang studied architecture and landscape architecture at UC Berkeley. Prior to establishing her practices, she worked at Calthorpe Associates and other notable urban design firms. She has also served on multiple advisory committees for various Bay Area cities and institutions.


Eron Ersch, Asian Neighborhood Design and EcoCraft Cabinetry

As a cabinetmaker for over 25 years, a general contractor for 20, and an environmentalist since his youth, Eron is knowledgeable about environmental issues relating to home improvement and has extensive experience designing, purchasing and producing cabinetry. Eron has a Master’s degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley with minors in environmental engineering and architecture.

He serves on the board of Asian Neighborhood Design.  Listen here to find out about the good work Asian Neighborhood Design and another organization called Lead Free do to save energy, protect the public's health and train people who need jobs. 


Lise Thogersen, LTDesign

Lise received her Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley in 2004 and founded LTDesign in Oakland shortly after. For almost a decade, her practice has has grown substantially and is run in collaboration with other architects, engineers and designers.




U.S. Green Building Council's Green Home Guide

Asian Neighborhood Design Employment Training Center

Lead Free, LLC provides services in the lead abatement industries in partnership with the County of San Francisco

Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA): free services to low and moderate income families in San Francisco’s Mission District

US Environmental Protection Agency

Marmoleum, an eco-friendly option instead of vinyl linoleum

Build It Green: non-profit organization that helps match you with a green contractor

The Forest Stewardship Council

Installing window insulation
www.wikihow.com/Install-Window-Insulation-FilmGreen Home Terms from the U.S.


Featured Songs

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
“Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon
“The House that Jack Built” by Aretha Franklin
“Fish in the Dish” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings


How to get rid of that frustrating vinyl flooring once and for all, and green ideas to replace it with.

Experts explain what an ROI is and how you can make it work in your favor when updating your home to be more green.

Examples of how not all natural building materials are created equally.

Some fix-it list items can leave a hefty ecological footprint. Just which ones are the biggest culprits? Experts Lise Thogersen and Cat Chang bring us the answer.

Who needs custom-built, double pane windows when a few household items will do the trick? 


Meal of Fortune Challenge

In this Meal of Fortune Challenge, our audience came up with their own paint swatch names to represent each of the food trucks at SOMA StrEAT Food Park. Share your own suggestions on our Facebook page.


Asian Neighborhood Design & Lead Free, LLC are non-profit organizations in San Francisco. Reporter, Charlie Mintz shows us how these orgs are helping community members construct and clean up their homes in environmentally conscious ways.

Steve Scarabosio has lived in San Francisco his whole life. In this feature, he tells us how he finds the freshest catch in the city for his food truck, The Fish Tank.