New Headquarters: First off, we’ve moved our headquarters from the California Endowment to One Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. Our offices are the historic Southern California Edison headquarters, across the street from the library and the Biltmore at Pershing Square. Come on down and visit.
Welcome New Staff: Codi Leitner has joined EcoMotion in California. Focusing on Business Development she and Drew Lowell-Britt recently attended a two-day Community Based Social Marketing Workshop at TreePeople thanks to the City of Santa Monica.
Lecturing on Solar Friendly Rates: In January, Michael Ware served as guest lecturer for an EUCI Conference (Electric Utility Consultants, Inc.) in Garden Grove. He presented customers’ viewpoints on “solar friendly rates.” The conference was attended by utility officials, attorneys, and energy experts from across the country. (In October, Michael and Troy Strand presented at another EUCI Conference in Newport Beach on the topic of solar PPA due diligence.)
“Ask the Expert about Solar!” In a brand new arrangement, EcoMotion’s Senior Solar Specialist, Michael Ware, now serves as the Green Schools Alliance solar expert. Any member of the Alliance can call with questions for no cost solar advice. In addition, EcoMotion provides initial solar consultation to all AASHE member schools. Click here if you are interested.
AASHE Advisory Council: Speaking of AASHE, Director of Campus Services, Sierra Flanigan, has been appointed to AASHE’s prestigious Advisory Council. As such, EcoMotion will continue to support AASHE as a broad and effective platform for campus sustainability, coast to coast.
Upcoming New England Conferences: EcoMotion’s Campus Services Division is preparing for two important events this spring. First off is the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference. In partnership with Earthos Institute, Princeton University, and MIT, EcoMotion is playing a pivotal organizing role in the April 9 – 10 conference at UMass Amherst. Then later in April, EcoMotion will be hosting the Third Annual Sustainability unConference. It will be held at District Hall in Boston on Earth Day.
Port of Long Beach: EcoMotion is working as a subcontractor to TRC Solutions for the Port of Long Beach. One of the nation’s busiest ports, it was recently rated as the greenest port in the world. EcoMotion’s first assignment is a study of the Port’s current solar potential, with a vision of future solar potential to meet the Port’s Green Port goals.
Prop 39 News: EcoMotion spearheaded the successful submittal of Poway Unified School District’s Energy Expenditure Plan. Approved in record time, the Plan allows for major retrofit activity at four school sites, retrofitting lamps, retro-commissioning control systems, energy dashboards, pool pumps and covers, and more. In Garden Grove, EcoMotion is finalizing the District’s first submittal, a double plan focused on five schools and using the CEC’s new Prop 39 Guidelines. EcoMotion has also prepared each district’s Five Year Smart Energy Management Plan, a broad roadmap for maximizing energy, environmental, and economic efficiency on campus.
CleanTech San Diego: Thanks to an invitation by the Poway Unified School District, Ted Flanigan and Thelma Rodrigues-Winter recently spoke about the Prop 39 experience in Poway and our successful double submittal at CleanTech San Diego’s K-12 Collaborative. The K-12 Collaborative is expertly facilitated by Marty Turock and meets monthly at San Diego Gas and Electric’s double LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center. The Center opened in 2011, refashioning a supermarket built in the 1950s into a world-class center for progressive energy management.