Part of its month-long series of articles on going Green, Cardine’spiece looks specifically at how Pasadena has taken long strides towardturning itself into a truly Green City. Starting with its adoption of a "Green Action Plan" in 2006 – the same year that Run on Sun was founded – Pasadena is working hard to turn its good intentions intopractical actions. For example, Pasadena has made major reductions inits own energy usage and is pushing to do much more.
From the article:
Since the Green Action Plan was established, the city has seenimprovements on multiple levels, said Ursula Schmidt, the city’ssustainability affairs manager. In addition to increased water andenergy conservation, renewable energy use and recycling, the city isalso making headway in its green building program and in an effort toestablish an alternative-fuel fleet.
Last year alone, Pasadenatrimmed its peak power demand by 4.45 megawatts and saved enough energy to power 3,640 homes for one year. Officials now hope to see acitywide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 25 percent by 2030,along with an increase in the citywide use of green energy sourcesbeyond recently adopted statewide standards. Last month, statelawmakers passed SBX1 2, a law requiring that 33 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2020. Pasadena is alreadypushing itself past that benchmark; last year the City Council adopted a comprehensive integrated resources plan that set a goal of 40 percent renewable energy use by 2020, according to Gurcharan Bawa, PWPassistant general manager.
Encouraging commercial and residential customers to Go Solar is a big part of the strategy to meet those goals. Caltech, one of the largestenergy users in the City, has installed over 1.3 megawatts of solarpower on its campus with more planned. Yet some customers have beenreluctant to follow Caltech’s lead. To get the installer’s view,Cardine interviewed Jim Jenal and quoted him as he described the process of working with an installer to get a proposal and ultimately, aninstalled system.
Please check out the article online or pick up a print copy (whichfeatures a wonderful picture of Jim with that famous Solar Kid) and letus know what you think.
As Cardine concluded:
“This isn’t rocket science — it’s truly something normal, everydaypeople can understand and feel comfortable with,” Jenal said.
It just begins with a little knowledge and the commitment to make a difference.
We couldn’t agree more!