Editor's Note: Irene Stillings will retire as executive director of CCSE to become first director emeritus on March 2, 2012.
Irene Stillings Retires from CCSE
Clean energy advocate and long-term CCSE executive director Irene Stillings will retire from her position and become CCSE executive director emeritus as of March 2. In her new role, Stillings will undertake special projects and activities in support of the center's mission.
CCSE is launching an interactive map that displays and quantifies the ecological and economic benefits of trees in urban areas of San Diego County beginning March 1. The map, a project of the CCSE's Advice and Technical Assistance Center for Urban Forestry, will help city planners, landscape architects and others to better assess future growth and planting opportunities as well as tracking the health and value of specific trees and clusters of trees in defined areas.
The California Public Utilities Commission has rejected a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric's Phase 2 General Rate Case for service in 2013 that would have established a network use charge (NUC) for customers, including solar PV generators, for their use of the electric distribution grid. In a scoping ruling filed Jan. 18, Commissioner Mark Ferron wrote that as proposed, the NUC "may be inconsistent with current law" and ordered the utility to file a revised rate case without the charge during February.
Saying that green building is both smart and affordable, interior design architect Lynne Bryan Phipps is on a mission to bring "spirit and soul" to her building projects, both commercial and residential, so that they not only serve their purpose, but also enhance the experiences of the people who occupy them.
In the News – CCSE's Andrea Cook was featured in the Union-Tribune local section helping students discover their pedal power at the High Tech Fair held at the Del Mar fairgrounds Feb. 8. The event was attended by 2,500 students representing 42 schools. Those two big, radiant smiles say it all – It's not just educational, it's also a lot of fun. Andrea is CCSE's Climate Change Program manager and directs the Green Learning Adventure.
We Have Winners! – Jim and Beverly Tesch of Chula Vista were among the ten winners of free home energy assessments given away by CCSE at the Union-Tribune Successful Aging Expo held Feb. 11-12. CCSE's Residential Energy Roadshow exhibited at the event, promoting home energy efficiency and Energy Upgrade California™. The Roadshow will appear next at the Del Mar Spring Home & Garden Show, March 2-4, at the fairgrounds. Ten more free home energy assessments will be given away at the show.
Showcase Home – Residential energy expert Jerry McGuire (left) of CCSE's Building Performance team talks about efficient home water heating with visitors at the Chula Vista showcase home open house held Feb. 18. CCSE's Community Savings Initiative is hosting open houses at two Chula Vista homes on several Saturdays through mid June. Both homes have undergone significant energy upgrades. Learn more by clicking here.
Lights, Camera, Action – Andrew McAllister, CCSE director of policy and strategy, is interviewed about CCSE's role in creating a clean energy future for a video to be debuted at the Energy All-Star Awards on March 22. The awards will recognize integrated approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation and water efficiency during 2011.
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Policy and Planning
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Did you know CCSE offers free, ongoing workshops on energy efficiency, solar energy, green building, transportation and climate change? Register now! Click on the links below or call (866) SDENERGY.
Skips Tips - Advanced Solar Thermal Workshop
Combustion Safety Training for HVAC Contractors
San Diego County Urban Tree Map - How to Calculate Tree Values
Energy Upgrade Open House
Home Performance 101
Sales and Marketing Training for Contractors
Solar Symposium: March 6 – Explore the present and future of solar power in our region at the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium on Tuesday, March 6, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the University of San Diego. CCSE's Andrew McAllister will moderate a panel. Sponsored by CleanTECH San Diego and the Solar Electric Power Association. Register here. $45 in advance; $75 at the door.
Save the Date: Amory Lovins – Visionary energy expert Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute is coming to San Diego on Wednesday, April 11, to give a talk about "Reinventing Fire," his concept to run the U.S. without oil, coal or nuclear power. Cosponsored by CCSE and CleanTECH San Diego. More details soon.
ENTER & WIN! – CCSE is giving away 20 home energy assessments as part of Energy Upgrade California in San Diego. Valued at up to $500, the assessment is a comprehensive inspection and report on your home's performance. Everyone who enters gets a voucher worth $300 toward a purchased assessment. You must enter by Sunday, March 4, before midnight to win here. Promotion open to homeowners living in San Diego County that are 18 or older.
Save the Date
Urban Tree Mapping Project – Learn about the newly created San Diego County Tree Map and how you can help to understand the benefits of urban trees by measuring and recording trees in your yard and neighborhood. This project collected primarily street tree data from 10 San Diego County cities, plus two college campuses, and calculated their climate and environmental benefits. Thursday, March 1, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register online.
Test for Radon – Radon is a naturally occuring, odorless gas that can seep out of the ground into your home. The second leading cause of lung cancer, radon is responsible for over 20,000 deaths a year. Fortunately, a radon test is easy to do, and homes with high levels can be fixed. The National Radon Program Services at offers discounted test kits available online.
CCSE Is Hiring
Current green job openings:
Green Job Seekers –
"If I were emperor of the world, I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade."
- Steven Chu, secretary of energy
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