Juan Carlo Pascua

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9 years 4 months ago

The July issue of Sustainable Industries headlined: Energy Independence: New Investment Sparks District Energy and overall this magazine was one of the best reads this summer cycle of material. This issue focused on Clean Energy, but the layout is why I would recommend this to energy professionals and other like-minded and energy informed individuals.

The best part was the Sector Round-Up in the final five pages of the magazine. There was a Sector Round-Up for Green Building, Energy, Food & Farms, and Technology. In each Sector Round-Up a paragragph summary gives...


9 years 5 months ago

PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy is a piece of financing model that would allow homeowners easily obtain loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to their home.

How it works. This six minute video from Clean Skies News professionally explains PACE. Basically PACE allows homeowners to get low interest loans for energy efficiency measures they install on their homes. They make payments to pay off the loan using the money they would normally pay for property taxes:

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9 years 5 months ago

Is a climate change major necessary? Familiar is the story of people just somehow discovering the issue of climate change and radically making efforts to make changes in their lives and in the world. Solar Today's "A Party Girl Awakens," by Paul Rogat Loeb shares the story of one such amazing individual, Angie De Soto. Angie in her own words: "I started out just an apathetic drunken party girl, with no clear path in my life... Now I'm implementing our campus sustainability plan. People change, and even massive institutions can change." How did Angie begin with her journey to help against...


9 years 5 months ago

Believe it or not, there is not a dedicated climate change major at the undergraduate level at the University of California Santa Cruz.  Environmental Science, one of the premier programs of the institution regularly covers much of the topics of climate change, but many other non-environmental science majors miss out on the discussion. To reach an in depth analysis, one must enter a graduate program. The Geology 290L course titled: "Topics in Climate Change" is only available to graduate students. Considering this particular university, which is considered one of the greenest in the...


9 years 5 months ago

The Celebrating Energy Heroes Series is a way for everyday people to be recognized for their efforts in supporting clean, renewable energy for a green energy future. This post's Energy Hero comes from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her name is Dixie Viesca. I interviewed Dixie Viesca on a scorching 100+ degrees F summer day standing on a sidewalk outside the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where President Obama was addressing energy and economy in the region. She had a shirt that read "Make Our Energy Clean, Make it American" and holding a sign with the same text. She was a sweet lady, see the picture.

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9 years 6 months ago

What is Intersolar North America? Intersolar North America is the largest solar trade show that is held once a year in North America; there are several Intersolar trade shows across the globe. They are scheduled for Europe, China, and India. About 20,000 visitors were expected to attend and 500 exhibitors were available to greet them. Companies showed off their latest and best technology. Intersolar North America was held last week in downtown San Francisco, CA in the Moscone Center.

Some advice for future attendance:

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9 years 6 months ago

Not two hour ago US Senate Majority leader Senator Harry Reid, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu held a press conference to unveil a new solar energy initiative in the state. In front of a group of 50 members from the media each gave their praise and promise for Nevada to become the solar energy epicenter of the United States. Behind them were four solar panels, the American and Nevada flag. Above them, about 100 feet high, were an impressive array of 960 solar panels (estimated 2 Mega-watts) installed to power the Greenspun Hall at the University of...


9 years 6 months ago

Do I have your attention? Yes, this  post is about climate change and sex, but mostly the psychology of human behavior and the mind. I will assume you are all adults looking to advance your understanding of climate change and how it is not just a technological phenomenon, but also a human phenomenon. We have the technology to turn climate change around and yet we do not do it. Why? I propose the possibility that it is because of our human desire to mate.

You'll notice I'll probably use the word "I" a lot in this post. It is common practice in psychology to use the word "I" when...


9 years 6 months ago

Part 3 of the Climate Change, Psychology, and Communication Series for effective communication Step 1 is to know your audience. Step 2 is to frame your message accordingly. Step 3 is to make the message concrete. When discussing climate change, the people in the know (climate change researchers, climate change campaigners, and regular citizens concerned over climate change) tend to convey...


9 years 6 months ago

Part 2 of the Climate Change, Psychology, and Communication Series for effective communication Step 1 is to know your audience. Step 2 is to frame your message accordingly. "Framing is the setting of an issue within an appropriate context to achieve a desired interpretation or perspective" (CRED, 2010). Psychologists like to coin many terms to describe things you probably already understand, but weren't fully aware of their usefulness or their official names. You could easily swap out...


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