Smart, clean and local energy technologies for Davis
(Cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise by Gerry Braun and Lorenzo Kristov) In their last article, Gerry Braun and Richard McCann summarized energy service options available to Davis, pointing to the benefits of locally accountable energy service delivering clean, low-carbon electricity to Davis residents and businesses….
Sam Webb brings new energy to Cool Davis
(By Pachia Vang) Sam Webb is one of three new Cool Davis members who joins us from the CivicSpark AmeriCorps program in Sacramento. For the next 11-months Sam and his cohorts will be working on energy, transportation, and consumption in Davis. As our energy lead,…
Quake Shows need for Resilient Energy Infrastructure
Review of article by Elena Krieger The recent earthquake in the Napa area raises all kinds of concerns for us as we consider the implications of a serious quake closer to home. What if the quake causes a fire? What if the power is knocked…
Drought, unwatered lawns are killing trees
By Dave Ryan Cross posted from the Davis Enterprise | Photo by Sue Cockrell/Enterprise Got a brown lawn? You might have a dying tree, too. As trepidation about the city’s plans to raise water rates and calls for conservation sink into Davis’ conscience, the city’s urban…
Share water conservation Tips and Pics
By Jennifer Gilbert With low groundwater levels and the worst drought California has seen, the city of Davis is committed to working with the community to save water. The city has launched SaveDavisWater.org, a website that provides conservation tips, rebates, workshop information and more. The…
How Cool Can We Be? Net Zero Innovation Parks?
Now is the time to give your input on the new proposed Innovation Park concepts for our community. Three new developments including two Innovation Park locations are being discussed right now with community and city leaders. Many may already be familiar with the: Gateway project…
New Cool Davis Partner: RepowerYolo
August 26, 2016 Chris Soderquist and John Walter have lived in Davis for a combined six decades. Like many Davis residents, Chris and John’s homes are powered by solar panels. Expectedly, their PG&E bills have shrunk significantly; unexpectedly, Chris and John (gladly) field myriad questions…
Council Approves Davis’s PV Ordinance for New Single Family Home Construction
by Alan Pryor On August 26th the Davis City Council passed a new ordinance setting minimum standards for Solar PV on new single family home construction. The Davis Natural Resources Commission approved and forwarded to the Davis City Council a draft ordinance on April 28th. …
Cool Davis Partner: Greiner, Heating and Air, Inc.
“Greiner steps outside of the box for whole-home energy efficiency; we don’t just swap out boxes,” says Shaun Satterwhite, the General Manager, “Greiner recognizes the importance of installing energy efficient systems. And it doesn’t stop there. Our company offers solar electric installation, insulation, and tankless…
Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy
This May, the Governments of California, British Colombia, Oregon, and Washington met in San Francisco to sign the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy for their combined population of 53 million. It acknowledges, “the clear and convincing scientific evidence of climate change, ocean…
The Net Zero Challenge: A case study for home, church and city
Gerry Braun, former founding director of the Renewable Energy Center and active member of St Martin’s Care for God’s Creation shares his experiences of ‘going for zero’ in his home, church and working with the City of Davis. In a fascinating piece, he shares his…
Now for some good news on climate change
This column by John Mott-Smith, a member of Cool Davis, is cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise. The last column was about bad news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They issued three reports recently. Last September, the first report made the point that scientists…
Rethinking our town’s energy future
By Mark Braly, Gerald Braun, Richard Bourne, William Knox, Alan Pryor and Eugene Wilson We have been thinking about a different energy future for Davis. Imagine: * Almost every dollar Davis residents and businesses spend on electrical energy stays in Davis. * All of the…
Per Capita Davis: The Pace of Change
(This column is cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise) The term “early adopter” doesn’t apply to me, not by a long shot. I am slow to pick up on new technology, and more than a little choosy when I do adopt a change, gadget or gizmo….
Why conserving water also helps tackle climate change
The recent drought – which is far from over despite recent rains – has brought some public attention to the impact of climate change on California and led to an important renewed focus on water conservation as fear grows that some communities may run out…
Book Review of Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth
The beginning of Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth starts off like an apocalyptic flip-book. My heart couldn’t help but race when I saw the jumbo-sized high-definition color pictures of battered landscapes, cut-off mountaintops, sinking oil rigs, and the remnants of Fukushima Nuclear…
More Crude-by-Rail Trains Put Davis at Risk
By Lynne Nittler, Milton Kalish and Matt Biers-Ariel Cross-posted from The Davis Enterprise, January 12th, 2014 North Dakota Bakken crude oil production is booming, and oil companies are desperate for a fast, convenient way to transport their crude oil to refineries across the U.S. A…
How to Finance Clean Energy for your Home the Easy Way
How would you pay to make your home more energy- and water-efficient? Cash? Credit card? Home equity loan? The new Clean Energy Yolo program provides a better option for these costly improvements and is not based on personal credit.
Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden plans to replace government fleet with electric vehicles (Don't pay attention to the false statement that EVs are more expensive than conventional vehicles, not so!)
Biden plans to replace government fleet with electric vehicles
The government is a major purchaser of vehicles. However, replacing such a fleet with EVs assembled domestically will be costly and take time.
Biden signs executive actions on COVID, climate change, immigration and more via @CBSPolitics
Biden signs executive actions on COVID, climate change, immigration and more
The 46th president is undoing some of his predecessor's executive actions.
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