Green architecture: Climate friendly building (in more ways than one)

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Architecture defines our lives in many ways, affecting our mood, our wallet, and our health. Perhaps more importantly as a society we need to succeed in reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings to bring it in line with a livable climate. On August 25 the Jefferson County chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society invited …

Germany’s Energy Transition

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Prof. Christop Stefes on how citizens’ power created clean power. Germany’s impressive – nay: revolutionary! – transition from fossil fuels and nuclear to renewables was not the brainchild of elder statesmen nor commissioned technocrats. Instead, as political scientist Christoph Stefes points out in a fascinating talk for Jeffco CRES, it traces back to a citizens …

How (Not) To Talk About Climate

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Maria Talero’s workshop combined social science findings with practical exercises. In case you hadn’t noticed: talking about climate change with people is hard, and having a good grasp of the scientific facts won’t help, either. On the contrary, citing science it may simply serve to alienate them. And even those who might accept your facts …

Republicans Fouling the Air: Obstruction Turned Destruction

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter I much admire Citizens’ Climate Lobby activists who develop polite relationships with Republican politicians, looking for common goals. But what can you do when common goals are being trampled to score ideological points – with ‘ideological’ being a synonym for ‘factually wrong and dangerous?’ The latest exhibit of State Republican obstruction is the impending shut down …

Reining in Carbon: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter “Reining in Carbon: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan” was a presentation given by Erin Overturf of Western Resource Advocates. Watch the complete presentation here. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limits the amount of carbon dioxide fossil fuel power plants can emit, is intimidating in its complexity. Much of that complexity, argues Erin Overturf, derives from …

Decarbonizing One Community at a Time

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Activist workshop in Golden drew a crowd. Lack of knowledge isn’t the problem, lack of action is. This realization, in a nutshell, was the driving motivation behind a workshop put together by Leslie Glustrom, Marie Venner, Jeff Newman-Lee and the author on February 6. Apparently, this orientation towards action hit a nerve, drawing almost 40 …

Energy Innovation Forum

Peter Eberle CRES Northern Colorado Chapter On January 19, 2016, over 100 attended the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (NCRES) Energy Innovation Forum in Fort Collins to listen to a panel of experts who will discuss innovations that will accelerate the adoption of renewable energy generation within municipal, investor owned, and rural electric utilities. Panelists Allison Mason of Spirae and Bob …

Solar Investment Tax Credit Extended to 2020 by Congress

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed an extension to the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) as part of an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. The ITC was set to expire at the end of 2016 for homeowner-owned …

Boulder Passes 2P and 2O for Climate Action

Vince Calvano CRES Boulder County Chapter All Boulder County ballots from this November’s election have been counted, and Boulder Residents voted yes to measures 2O and 2P by a wide margin. See all of the Boulder November 2015 election results here. Over 77% of Boulder residents who voted on measure 2P were expressing their support for renewing the Climate Action Plan tax. …

CRES Boulder Chapter urges City of Boulder to vote Yes on 2P and 2O

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter Ballots for the upcoming election on November 3 were mailed to Boulder residents on October 13. A number of ballot initiatives are up for a vote including two that are important to renewable energy advocates like BCRES and readers of this blog. Supporters of renewable energy initiatives should vote Yes on 2P and 2O. This blog post provides …