San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Monday for his monthly update on the business of the city.
Since his last visit, the mayor unveiled his Climate Action Plan. He said the plan puts San Diego on track to meet state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and sets a 100 percent renewable energy target by 2035 — all while generating jobs in the region.
KPBS calls out Mayor Faulconer on his home's 120% over use of water, and he talks about why they watered-down (no pun intended) the energy efficiency auditing requirement for building sales in the new Climate Action Plan. Reading between the lines, business pressure (i.e. real-estate) forced a concession about energy audits before sale of property within the city.
The requirement to disclose the utility bills for the property is still in the plan, and if it passes as it is, this will be a step toward energy efficiency, but we could have taken a leadership position and created thousands of jobs while greatly reducing energy waste in this city, if we had that Energy Audit requirement. When people make millions of dollars in un-earned equity simply by owning a building for decades, they must use some of those capital-gains to upgrade the energy footprint of that building before putting the burden upon the new buyer.
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Overview - see the info-graphic at the link
The scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) are engaged in basic science research that has the potential to change society. One of our quests is to help solve two troubling issues — global climate change and our dependence on hydrocarbons. While doing all we can to find solutions to these issues through our science, we are now building what we believe will be the first carbon-neutral laboratory facility in the world, located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
The building massing and envelope have been designed to maximize the use of daylight to improve indoor comfort while further reducing overall building energy use. The building is proposed to be "net-zero" for electrical energy, which means that it will produce as much electricity on-site as it consumes annually. This is possible by integrating numerous energy efficiency measures throughout the building systems, incorporating operable windows, efficient lighting, and by reducing internal plug loads wherever possible. On-site electricity is generated through the sizeable photovoltaic roof.
The team has also pursued strategies to minimize water consumption, as appropriate for the semi-arid environment of San Diego. Rainwater will be collected and stored in a cistern, filtered, and then reused for non-potable uses such as PV washing, cooling tower make-up, and site irrigation. High-efficiency plumbing fixtures will be used and the site will be landscaped with native plants that require minimal irrigation.
Labs, and in particular genomic-focused ones, traditionally consume large quantities of energy to both run energy intensive scientific equipment and for heating and cooling. The new JCVI building will feature all of the latest design and construction elements to ensure that it will exceed the requirements for LEED Platinum certification.
- See more at: http://www.jcvi.org/cms/sustainable-lab/overview/