News from CEC

13April

From Selenium to Silicon and Beyond

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BY JOHN PERLIN, AUTHOR

From Selenium to Silicon and Beyond

“6,000 Years of Solar” is a series about the history of solar energy technology drawn from John Perlin’s new book Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. The series profiles the fascinating people, from ancient Greece and China to late 19th century New York to today, who have made the present day solar revolution possible. John Perlin is an analyst in the physics department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a former CEC Staffer. He oversees solar installations at the university, and he writes, speaks, and lectures about solar energy.

Keep reading to find out more about the 60th anniversary of the first practical solar cell.

Posted in News from CEC, Personal Stories, Go Solar, Renewable Energy

24February

Climate Solutions for a Better World: Connecting the Dots

BY 1% FOR THE PLANET

Climate Solutions for a Better World: Connecting the Dots

 

On Thursday, February 13th, over 100 business leaders, nonprofit executives and 1% for the Planet members convened at Citrix in Goleta, Ca. for Connect the Dots, a conference that highlighted steps being taken by companies, NGOs and individuals to build resilient communities in an era of unprecedented climate change.

Connect the Dots brought together sustainability leaders including 1% for the Planet members Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, and New Belgium Brewing. They were joined by organizations including National Geographic, the Orfaela Foundation, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and many more.

Panelists and guests honed in on critical themes facing our planet including water, food, energy and transportation. The gathering invited participants to implement changes in their own businesses and lives, and culminated with attendees publicly announcing their commitment to new sustainability initiatives. We’re excited to share what we learned…

Here’s what you can do! Five steps anyone can take toward climate solutions:

 

Posted in News from CEC

19February

Solar Architecture in Ancient China

BY JOHN PERLIN, AUTHOR

Solar Architecture in Ancient China

“6,000 Years of Solar” is a series about the history of solar energy technology drawn from John Perlin’s new book Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. The series profiles the fascinating people, from ancient Greece and China to late 19th century New York to today, who have made the present day solar revolution possible.

John Perlin is an analyst in the physics department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a former CEC Staffer. He oversees solar installations at the university, and he writes, speaks, and lectures about solar energy. 

Six thousand years ago, Neolithic Chinese villagers had the sole opening of their homes face south. They did this to catch the rays of the low winter sun to help warm the indoors. The overhanging thatched roof kept the high summer sun off the houses throughout the day so those inside would stay cool.

Posted in News from CEC, Go Solar

11February

Central Coast installs over 200 EV charging stations

Central Coast installs over 200 EV charging stations

With CEC's help, there are now over 200 public or semi-public charging stations available in our region. Most of them have been constructed in just the last year or two. Read on for information on charging station locations, what they do, how to use them, and how often they are being used.

Written by Michael Chiacos, Posted in News from CEC, Choose Electric

08January

CEC welcomes new Board members

CEC welcomes new Board members

The Community Environmental Council is pleased to announce the addition of four new Board members, including Laura Burton Capps, Christopher E. Hahn, Karl L. Hutterer, and John H. Steed, to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Written by Emily DeMarco, Posted in News from CEC

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