Not a Hoax, But an Opportunity
China appears to be seizing the opportunity to win large shares of green tech export markets at the same time as it tackles damaging air pollution from fossil fuels. Click here.
An Evolving Roadmap to Sustainability
California’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable buildings are reflected in a variety of the state’s building code requirements. A daylong session at the upcoming Green California Summit will offer a comprehensive view of current sustainability-related requirements in code. Click here.
Setting a Course
to Address Climate Change:
California is Creating Opportunities
for the Economy, Education
An interview with Noel Perry of Next 10
Next 10 founder Noel Perry offers an overview of the impact of California’s commitment to tackling climate change, and the role that schools can play in ensuring students are able to take advantage of the opportunities that are being created. Click here.
Schools sought to participate in CEC-funded research on Proposition 39 upgrades
The Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), an engineering research center at the University of California, Davis, has received a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate promising approaches to improve ventilation, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency in California classrooms. Details here.
Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study
Current greenhouse gas concentrations could warm the world 3-7? (and on average 5?) over coming millennia. That’s the finding of a paper recently published in Nature. Click here.
Building on Research:
Toward Sustainable, High Performance
An Interview with John Dale
The Chair of the Leadership Group of AIA’s National Committee on Architecture for Education discusses the prospect of zero net energy schools, as well as growing evidence that features that make a building “green” also support student performance. Click here
AGAINST ECOCIDE: Legal Protection for Earth
A new movement of legal experts and citizens is calling for the codification of knowing environmental destruction, or “ecocide,” as a fifth crime against peace, joining genocide, crimes of aggression, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Click here
A Database for Prop 39 Projects
Schools have been reducing energy use and saving money through theCalifornia Energy Commission’s Proposition 39 K-12 program and the California Community College Proposition 39 program for two years. Thanks to a new online searchable database, anyone with internet access can easily identify K-12 school and community college district project information. Click here
Range anxiety? Today’s electric cars can cover vast majority of daily U.S. driving needs
A new study finds that nearly 90 percent of vehicles on the road could be replaced by a low-cost electric vehicle available on the market today. Click here
Living Labs, Ego Districts, Atmospheric Water, Free Electric School Buses
At the heart of the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit is a program of education sessions led by experts and innovators who are setting the pace for green school efforts in the state and beyond. They provide valuable opportunities to re-imagine approaches to school programs.
How do we uncouple global development from resource use?
The world is using its natural resources at an ever-increasing rate. Worldwide, annual extraction of primary materials – biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and minerals – tripled between 1970 and 2010. People in the richest countries now consume up to ten times more resources than those in the poorest nations.
More than 40 years ago, physicist and writer John Perlin began to investigate early uses of solar energy. It was surprising enough that solar projects could be traced back to the late 19th century, but as it turned out that was just the beginning of the story. Click here
In concurrent education program at the upcoming Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit, leading practitioners will share the secrets behind successful programs in energy and water conservation, environmental literacy and more. Click here.
Years of funding shortages have taken a toll on school facilities in California. There are several signs that school officials, parents and other stakeholders around the state are taking steps to address these issues. Click here.
Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit will include acknowledgement of companies whose innovation and leadership have been essential to the growth of the Summit. Click here.
As the 10 year anniversary of the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit approaches, we also enter the 4th fiscal year for Prop 39 funding. What's the current state of progress? Click here.
The transportation sector accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in the state of California, accounting for 60 percent more emissions than the industrial sector. A unique infographic on the global impact of transportation enables viewers to watch emission-related statistics move in real time. Click here.
The 10th anniversary Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 2-3. This year, the program will include a special Technology Showcase track highlighting successful implementation of technology solutions. Click here.
Is our current drought emergency really the result of unforeseen events, or a reflection of long-term inability to ensure that our water “spend” is based on known resources? An interview with Juliet Christian-Smith of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Click here.
Releases from companies with sustainable products and services. Click here.
Policy, technology and funding are all converging to create a perfect storm of opportunity for California to take its pursuit of energy efficiency to a new level. Commissioner Andrew McAllister offers an overview. Click here.