Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CCSE - California Center for Sustainable Energy

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a non-profit educational resource that was originally formed in the 1990's by San Diego Association of Governments (SanDAG), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), and San Diego State University (SDSU) to fill a policy gap in energy deregulation.

Andrew McAllister - Director of Programs CCSE,, was interviewed by Michael Russell, during the 2009 San Diego Solar Conference.

Ben Arith - The Residential Solar Program Manager for the California Solar Inishitive at the CCSE, spoke with Sustainable Future about how homeowners should go about getting state incentives for their renewable energy, both Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal Hot Water.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 244-1194

Bonus: Sue Kateley - Director of the California Solar Energy Industry Association (CalSEIA) spoke with Sustainable Future about Assembly Bill 920 and Senate Bill 32, which make it pay to install solar renewable energy.

Learn more about 1-million solar homes and California's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS), as our utilities strive to reach ambitious goals where one-third of our energy must come from renewable sources by 2020.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sustainable Future: Jim Bell Interview, Part 1

San Diego is a unique sustainable environment, it has the great potential to be completely self-sufficient. With the Pacific Ocean, and our Sunny Weather, we can supply our own food, water, and energy.

Liberty One will broker time on the weekends for local shows. The first such show is SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, with host Michael Russell, focusing upon Sustainable Energy, Food, Water, and Land Use. Each two-hour episode of Sustainable Future contains interviews and commentary on new technologies and best practices, including a segment on "Green-Washing".

For this first podcast we were lucky to interview local Sustainability Expert and Author, Jim Bell about his views on the past, present, and future of San Diego. He has written two books on the subject:
  2. Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future On Our Planet

both available for free download at his web site

  • Teaser
  • Section 1
  • Section 2
  • Section 3
  • Section 4
  • Poem

This Hour Sponsored by:
The Ocean Beach, People's Organic Food Cooperative

Located at 4765 Voltaire Street,

Michael Russell is an Energy Efficiently and Conservation Consultant in San Diego, with experience in design and project management.

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League of Conservation Voters

Dear Environmentalist,

We only have a short amount of time to weigh in on a proposed rule that would hold big polluters responsible.

Send the EPA a message today!

Did you know that only a handful of factories and power plants emit over half of all U.S. global warming pollution? Under a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these mega-polluters would be forced to clean up their act.

But the EPA must solicit public comments before it can take action. Will you send the EPA a message today encouraging them to hold big polluters accountable?

Click here to send a message to the EPA.

This proposed rule marks one of the EPA's most important commitments to moving us towards a clean energy economy and away from dirty, non-renewable energy sources. It would require the biggest polluters – like new coal plants – to install technology to clean up pollution they emit that causes global warming. It would also require existing polluters to utilize this technology when they expand or modify their plants.

Cracking down on big polluters benefits both the planet and its inhabitants since it would reduce global warming pollution as well as other kinds of pollution that cause smog and lung disease. It will also help to create good paying clean energy jobs, which will help the economy.

The EPA is only soliciting comments for a short period of time. Please weigh in right away.

Send a message to the EPA now.

We have made great progress this year with the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House of Representatives, and similar legislation is beginning to move in the Senate. But we must do everything in our power to stop global warming before its effects are irreversible.

Please, send the EPA a message today supporting their efforts to hold big polluters accountable.

Gene Karpinski
League of Conservation Voters

The mega-polluters are the ones that need to be most heavily regulated, because they profit most from the destruction of our shared environment, and they can afford to take the steps necessary to clean up their act. Plus, dealing with just a few mega-polluters is systematically easier than dealing with millions of individual people. They own the means of mass production and they can fix the problem, if we make them.

It's time to take back control of our energy future. By harnessing the power of the wind and the sun, we can cut global warming pollution and transition to clean energy sources that don't harm the environment, never run out, and create good paying new jobs here in the United States. To succeed, we must require coal-fired power plants - America's largest single source of global warming pollution - and other big smokestack industries to stop polluting with impunity.

As a first step, please finalize a strong rule to require big smokestack industries to meet modern standards for global warming pollution when new facilities are constructed or existing facilities are significantly modified.