2013
Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
September 27, 2013

Re-Imagining the Role of Buildings


Traditionally, buildings have been the places where we live and work. They take resources to build, energy and water to function, and produce wastewater and garbage during normal operation.

What if, instead of consuming resources and producing waste, buildings produced benefits for our communities and environment? 

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Tom Paschos
Tom Paschos
Energy Efficiency Associate
September 24, 2013

The Power of mPower Placer


More than ever, people are looking for ways to become more sustainable and to leave less of a negative impact on their community and on our planet.  

Whether we’re talking about rising gas prices and utility bills, increased CO2 levels and climate change, or resource depletion with a rising population, the environmental issues of today have taken root in our conscience and are shifting from the discussion table to the drawing board.

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Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
September 19, 2013

My Whirlwind

Washington D.C. Experience

It has been an eventful past five days.  From putting together a statement last minute, to planning an east coast trip over the weekend, to an exciting arrival to Washington DC to give a testimony in front of U.S. House of Representatives; it has all been a whirlwind.

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Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
September 17, 2013

My Testomony on the Rim Fire to

the House of Representatives

Today I had the honor of testifying in Washington DC at the Safe Climate Caucus Forum to discuss the link between catastrophic wildfires like the Rim Fire and climate change. 

I will write more about my experience in our nation’s capital and about the specific actions we can all help advocate for in the next few days.  In the meantime, here are my remarks -- please let me know what you think:

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Timothy Dondero
Project Manager
September 10, 2013

A Call for "Second Responders" to the Rim Fire

As I sit and write in Sonora CA, the thermo-cumulos clouds from the Rim Fire continue to spew smoke throughout the Sierra.

As they do, the effectiveness of the first responders from 48 States and the money spent to fight the battle ($100 Million so far) are apparent:  Highway 120 has re-opened and individuals in surrounding communities are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief as they head back to school and work. 

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