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Watch Tony Seba’s Address After Receiving Clean Energy Action’s 10th Anniversary Sunshine Award!

 

Clean Energy Action was founded more than a decade ago on the principle that education and empowering community action is the key to accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy and resilient economy. While technological and important regulatory challenges persist, the true challenge comes in mobilizing the knowledge we have at our disposal and implementing it throughout our communities and our marketplaces.

Clean Energy Action has traditionally recognized our amazing supporters and advocates for all they personally do for people and planet. Our 10th Anniversary Sunshine Award acknowledges these individuals who have made significant contributions in the dissemination of new ideas, technologies and concepts and who, like the sun, take the light and heat of human ingenuity and help it to find its way out of academic journals and laboratories and into the mainstream of our culture and economy.

We at CEA could think of no one more deserving of this honor than Mr. Tony Seba. As the author of several books, including Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation and Solar Trillions, as an educator at Stanford University, and as a leader in business and technology, Tony Seba exemplifies the qualities we seek to recognize with this award. Mr. Seba’s work has aided the cause of sustainability immeasurably, both by shedding light on the progress that has been made and by helping to illuminate the way forward, and it is in recognition of this work that we are honored to name or friend and sustainability champion the recipient of the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award.

Thanks to Martin Voelker and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, you can watch Tony Seba’s keynote address here.

Congratulations and our deepest gratitude to Tony Seba for traveling to Boulder to receive CEA’s 10th Anniversary Sunshine Award and  for his inspiring work.

CEA’s Soirée was only the beginning of Tony’s trip– He also led a Transportation Strategy Session on Friday June 9, with over 30 regional government & transportation representatives hosted by CEA and the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado.

Abundant thanks to everyone who contributed to the event! This opportunity would not have been possible without the work and generosity of our host committee, the CU Museum of Natural History, Hunter Lovins, the CU Environmental Center, and everyone who showed up to support CEA.

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Sustainable Transportation Speakeasy

Zeroing out Boulder’s Transportation Emissions

An evening of conversation with Will Toor and others!

When: Monday, June 16th, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: 303 Vodka, 2500 47th St. Unit 10, Boulder, CO 80301 (map)
RSVP: on Eventbrite

Join us for a balmy mid-summer evening discussion of what it’s going to take for Boulder’s transportation system to meet the city’s Climate Commitment (an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050). Our speaker will be none other than Boulder’s own former Mayor and County Commissioner, Will Toor, who will present a new Boulder-specific look at climate neutral transportation from the Transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.

As with most climate action, getting transportation emissions under control will take a variety of aggressive strategies all working together, including creating a more livable, walkable and bikeable city, reducing overall vehicle miles traveled, and shifting away from fossil fuels in our motor vehicles.

In keeping with our Speakeasy format, Will’s presentation will be short and provocative — no more than half an hour — with plenty of time for questions, discussion and mingling before and afterward.  We will have folks representing a variety of different low-carbon land use and transportation options and organizations on hand including:

  • Zane Selvans, Will Toor and others from Better Boulder, a new civic organization advocating for sustainable, human-scale urbanism in Boulder.
  • Several members of the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee Boulder’s non-profit bike shop and advocacy organization.
  • Ryan Balciar from The Cruiser Boutique, purveyor of fine cargo bikes.
  • Nigel Zeid from Boulder Nissan, selling the all electric Nissan Leaf.
  • Karen Worminghaus, the Executive Director of eGo Carshare, Boulder’s non-profit carsharing organization.
  • Rene Goldberg from Pete’s Electric Bikes, downtown on Pearl.
  • Bonnie Lucara from Commute Matters, a new metro area commute optimization platform.
  • Adam Stenftenagel from Snugg Home, a local energy efficiency company looking at novel financing mechanisms combining electric vehicles, energy efficiency improvements, and rooftop solar into one combined product.
  • David Adamson from Eco Build, who is working to create a retrofit eco-district in North Boulder.

Featured image Creative Commons licensed by Mark Stosberg on Flickr

A profile of Freiburg, Germany

A good short profile of the city of Freiburg, Germany, and their many sustainability initiatives. Freiburg is a little more than double Boulder’s size — both in population and area, so it has a similar average population density. It’s also a university town with a strong tech sector locally. The whole city was re-built post WWII, but they chose to build it along the same lines as the old city, with a dense core, and well defined boundaries. Today about half of daily trips are done by foot or on bike, with another 20% on public transit. They have a local energy efficiency finance program, on top of the national one administered by KfW, and higher building efficiency standards than Germany as a whole. Half their electricity comes from combined heat and power facilities that also provide district heating and hot water. It seems like they’d be a good model city to compare Boulder to, and learn from.