Trees Provide Green Benefits
High School Goes Solar
Peter Hamilton (left), CCSE director of Energy Services, congratulates San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Ken Noah while presenting a $4.7 million CSI rebate for a solar carport installation at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. CCSE's Energy Advisory Service assisted the school district in pursuing the solar project and an overall energy strategy.
Nissan LEAF Rebate
David Almeida (left), CCSE manager of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, presents a $5,000 rebate check to Jose Cessna of El Cajon and his two sons during an event that officially marked the beginning of residential installations of ECOtality's Blink home charging stations. Cessna received the rebate for his new Nissan LEAF.
Making sense of various sustainable building standards
With today's mix of voluntary and mandatory green building standards, municipal codes and third-party rating systems, it can be a logistical nightmare deciphering how to get the best benefits and overall value. While green building requirements are relatively consistent, there are shades of gray within them that can lead to uncertainties and overlaps, according to architect Wally Geer, owner of Greymar Associates in Ventura, Calif.
Learning from and emulating ecosystem engineering
By creating homes, businesses, communities and nations, we humans have encroached on the landscape with all manner of buildings and other developments that have changed nature. What if instead we incorporated nature into the things we build? That's the basic idea behind biomimicry – to design and build more sustainable structures that borrow from nature by emulating how it has already solved many of the problems we face.
Inside the ERC
CCSE's Energy Resource Library now has its complete catalog of books, DVDs and tools online with advanced hold for items you want to check out. Simply search by subject, author, title, manufacturer, name or type, and if what you want is available, you can put a hold on it until you come by CCSE to complete the check-out process. Go to the library website.
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.
Reduce then Produce - The Energy Efficiency & Solar Series
DOE's Energy Assurance Planning Initiative - The Chula Vista Case Study
San Diego Green Workforce Coalition
Green Learning Adventure
Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners
Solar Water Heating Contractor and Self-Installer Training
Home Energy Efficient Design - HEED
Successfully Marketing Your Solar Business
Solar for Homeowners 1 - Getting Started
CSI Application Process Made Easy
Energy Upgrade California Contractor Orientation Workshop
Solar for Homeowners 2 - Be a Smart Solar Customer
Tips from a Pro - Sustainable Landscape Practices - Low Cost & High Impact
Build Your Career – Contractors, builders, energy raters, remodelers, designers and weatherization
As a member of the California Solar Initiative ( CSI) residential team, Sarah Smith does database maintenance, tracks installations and processes incentive applications, as well as interacting extensively with solar installers and their customers.
Prior to joining CCSE, Sarah was a crew leader with the Marin Conservation Corps (now the Conservation Corps North Bay) where she supervised and educated diverse groups of students about environmental issues and helped manage community outreach events. While a graduate student at Bard College in New York, she worked with the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy program in Washington, DC.
Sarah has a B.A. degree in human development with a minor in environmental studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a master's degree in environmental policy from Bard College, Center for Environmental Policy.
Greening Your World® Monthly Tip
Cool the Pool
If you have a backyard pool, it's not likely you're in it much this month. So set the temperature way down or turn off the heater. It's a myth that it takes more energy to heat a pool back up to a desired temperature after a few days than you save by lowering the temperature or turning off the heater.
"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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