Robertson series presents Baker on ‘green building’

The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield, will present homebuilder, engineer, and environmental advocate Frank Baker, founder of Riverbend Timber Framing and Insulspan, Inc., as part of its Phyllis Robertson Program Series at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Baker will speak on “Green Building,” a construction practice which seeks to minimize the environmental impact of both the process and the finished structure.
All library programs are free and open to the public.
Through Baker’s career as an engineer at General Motors, founder/owner of Riverbend Timber Framing and Insulspan and currently as he is representing PFB Corporation on a number of national and international trade associations and non-profits, there has been a common thread, concern for the environment. Frank was building “Green” before the term “Green Building” came into common use to describe homes built to minimize the impact on our environment. He has also worked at the community level in Blissfield to encourage Green practices in many local endeavors. Frank and his wife, Brenda, recently completed a Certified Green Cottage in Lakeside, Ohio and built a very green home in Blissfield nearly 20 years ago, as well as a previous green home 32 years ago before there were Green Certification programs. Riverbend and Insulspan have produced thousands of green homes over the last 33 years and continue to do so today.
The library’s Phyllis Robertson Lecture Series was made possible by a gift from the estate of Phyllis Robertson, a local writer and photographer, as well as a long-time benefactor to and advocate of the library. Programs this fall will include a mediation workshop and a holiday card making workshop.