Green Architecture: Net Zero Energy & Passive House Design

View On Meetup.com Date Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 7:00 PM Green Architecture: Net Zero Energy and Passive House Design explained Presenting architects Peter Ewers, Golden, and Brian Fuentes, Boulder.Jefferson Unitarian, 14350 W. 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401 Th, Aug 25, 7pm Net Zero Energy homes and Passive House designs use industry-leading approaches to build, comfortable, bright, and energy independent homes. …

Ground Source Heat Pump Technology: Introduction for Geo – Exchange Systems

View On Meetup.com Date Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016 6:45 PM Please join us as Bob Major from Major Geothermal provides us with information on how Geo – Exchange systems work. The Ground Source Heat Pump is the key component in a system which extracts heat/cold from the below ground environment. This supplies the home or business the desired air conditioning …

The History of EVs and Why Gasoline-Powered Cars Are Obsolete

View On Meetup.com Date Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 6:45 PM Please join us as J David McNeil and Jim Smith from the Denver Electric Vehicle Council (DEVC) share with us their observations on the past, present and future of EV’s. J David McNeil will trace the history of EV’s from the first electric car in 1839 through the first (1914 …

The State of Energy Transition in the U.S.

View On Meetup.com Date Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 6:45 PM Please join us as Chris Nelder from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explains how the energy transition is coming along in the U.S. This presentation will review notable trends and projects in the U.S., share some useful lessons from the energy transition efforts in other countries, and try to determine …

Tiny house: School of Mines students aim to win the 2019 Solar Decathlon

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Everyone expects students at the Colorado School of Mines to dig deep but one student group is digging in less familiar terrain. Their ambition is to win the 2019 Solar Decathlon building an off-grid solar tiny house. The Solar Decathlon is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy for collegiate teams to design, build, …

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 …