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Books for Sustainability Nerds Volume II

A Review of Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History How do we make energy for all? Well, Science Historian Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History attempts to answer that question by looking at the past 500 years of European and North American history. More of a read for policy wonks than technocrats, Energy won’t bring […]

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Is Solar “Fair” ?

As a board member of the Friendship Community Group, I’ve been helping to lead the Solarize Friendship – Highland Park – Morningside effort in collaboration with Solarize Allegheny. Several people have asked whether solar is actually “fair” to all the consumers who do not deploy solar. The thinking goes that when someone deploys renewable energy […]

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Energy Experts: Wind Turbine Technology and Development

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Chances are you have seen a wind turbine somewhere in Pennsylvania!  

There is currently enough wind power installed in the state to power an estimated 300,000 average Pennsylvanian homes annually!  This amount of wind power avoids nearly 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, the equivalent of taking approximately 350,000 cars off the road[1].

Hear from GBA’s own Deanna McPeak about this growing renewable energy technology!  Deanna will explain wind energy at different scales, cover how wind turbines work, and debunk common myths and misconceptions about wind energy.  Once we have the basics down, Deanna will discuss the wind resource in PA and what it means for potential development as well as cost of the technology.  The session will also touch on how wind energy can play a role in energy-efficient buildings and how this renewable is incorporated into LEED credits.

Deanna McPeak worked previously at the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  In addition to being GBA’s in-house wind energy expert, she is also our Membership Director!  

[1]  AWEA, State Wind Energy Statistics: Pennsylvania.

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Energy Experts: Solar Power – Installation, ROI, and Incentives

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Solar energy is an ever-growing industry in the United States.  In fact, more solar power capacity has been installed over the last 18 months than in the previous 30 years!  In the first quarter of 2014, solar power production from residences exceeded that from the commercial sector (non-utility) for the first time.

With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to learn something new about solar power!  Hear Fred Kraybill of the Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania (SUNWPA) elaborate on residential solar installations, incentives and the diminishing cost of solar power, and the science behind solar.  

SUNWPA works to promote solar power in our region.  Learn more here.

GBA will provide coffee and snacks, but remember to bring your lunch!

Can’t join us in person? Catch a live-stream of this lunch and learn. Details here:

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Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above, then press “Join”. On the next page, complete your name and email address, then press “Submit”. The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate in the online meeting.

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Powered By Art

Join the LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE & CONSERVATION CONSULTANTS for a lecture and discussion about, the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure and the role that creatives can play in the design of our energy future.

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The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) gathers ideas that seek to create substantive models for change by addressing renewable energy infrastructure within the genre of public art.  The goal of LAGI is to design and construct a series of large-scale site-specific installations that uniquely combine art with utility-scale clean energy generation.  The artworks utilize the latest in renewable energy science as media for their construction, and help to innovate the application of new technologies.  Each land art generator sculpture has the potential to provide power to hundreds or even thousands of homes, while fulfilling its traditional role—public art as conceptually engaging amenity to our common space.

We will discuss the LAGI competitions held for Dubai/Abu Dhabi, New York City, and Copenhagen and the portfolio of ideas that have come from the project.  We will begin the talk by providing a context for LAGI within the history of art and architecture, eco art, sustainable urban planning, and the net positive movement.

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