Not as much in the headlines as solar electric generation – not as flashy or as high tech – solar water heating got a big boost on May 1 as rebates rolled out for California residents adopting the technology. There wasn’t a splashy announcement that first day for the California Solar Initiative Thermal Program – the big new was in January 2010 when the California Public Utilities Commission ( CPUC) approved $350 million for the program. Read more.
Electric Vehicles Coming to CCSE
CCSE will be a partner in the Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) demonstration program to assess vehicle performance and real-world driver experiences with three cars scheduled for delivery in June, according to Mike Ferry, CCSE’s transportation programs manager. Read more.
By Drew Adams
Renowned Environmentalist at CCSE
Declaring that today’s green movement should use the same organizational approach as the 1960s civil rights movement, environmental advocate Jerome Ringo called for people of all social and economic levels need to be included in building a clean, healthier future. Read more.
Getting Ready for AB 1103
The next wave of California legislation aimed at reducing the state’s energy consumption and meeting mandates for reduced greenhouse gas emissions is set to wash ashore in January 2011 when Assembly Bill 1103 goes into effect. Its approach has commercial building owners, facility managers and real estate brokers scrambling to understand the new law and how to collect the data necessary to keep their properties competitive. Read more.
Let’s face it, bottled water, in either personal-use or five-gallon containers, may taste great, but the bottles are among the worst items jamming our landfills and littering our world, especially in the oceans. In addition, the oil to make plastic bottles and the transportation to distribute them are major sources of air pollution. The workplace is a great place to make use of alternatives to bottled water. Read more.
Inside the ERC
In our commitment to be on the cutting edge of providing educational materials, CCSE has recently subscribed to Environment magazine. The first issue will arrive this month and will be available at the Energy Resource Library.
Policy and Planning
Inside This Issue:
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.
Commercial Utility Rates Simplified
CSI Application Process
Solar Water Heating Contractor and Self-Installer Training
Feasibility Assessment of Solar Power Purchase Agreements
Solar Shade Workshop
Fundamentals of Residential Title-24
Fundamentals of Commercial Title-24
Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners
Kensington Clean Energy Festival
Future of Electric Car in SoCal
Bike to Work Day
Women in Green Forum
Jana Kopyciok is the associate program manager of CCSE’s California Solar Initiative Nonresidential Program. She provides program reporting, monitoring, evaluation and regional renewable energy installation tracking.
Prior to joining CCSE, Jana was a programs associate at the Institute of the Americas, an independent, nonprofit organization located on the campus of UC San Diego. She worked on energy programs, conducting strategic market and policy research for projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and global carbon markets. She spearheaded the development of the institute’s Carbon Market Initiative.
Her previous work experience has also included being a trade show and event hostess for Euroteam in Cologne, Germany.
Jana has a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Latin American studies from the University of Cologne, Germany.
She is the author of the book, Mexican Migration to the United States of America under NAFTA: Reasons and Policy Recommendations. She is a member of the United Nations Association of San Diego and a director of the association’s Women’s Equity Council.
Greening Your World® Monthly Tip
Cut Your CO2
We can significantly reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by simply implementing some collective personal actions that require little to no cost.
• Reduce unwanted catalog subscriptions
• Decrease vehicle idling
• Use a programmable thermostat
• Replace seven light bulbs with CFLs
• Set computers to hibernate mode
• Shut off unused lights
• Eat poultry in place of red meat two days per week
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that these actions could cut the nation’s annual carbon emissions by one billion metric tons by 2020. For more details about simple actions that cut global warming emissions, go to NRDC’s energy website.
CCSE Is Hiring
Current green job openings:
“Given a growing human population and the desire of people everywhere to live more prosperous lives, sustainability is surely the most important and difficult challenge facing humanity.”
- David Wilcove, professor, Princeton University, 2008
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