European Energy Tour 2008
A group from our chapter learns from European countries
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the powerpoint presentations from all the the sites visited by our
April 4: Hello from Copenhagen
It's a cloudy, cool day in Copenhagen - a good day for sleeping
in and taking copious naps.
By Karen M.
26 March: A Day in England
We left sunny San Luis Obispo and arrived at London's Heathrow airport to snow flurries that turned into freezing rain. We start our citizen ambassadorship for climate change with the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC).
The LSDC ( www.londonsdc.org ) was established by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, in 2002 to advise him on making London an exemplary sustainable world city. The Commission is made up of individual experts from the economic, social, environmental and London governance sectors. Commissioners give their time voluntarily, promoting sustainable development, embedding sustainability into London wide strategies, and helping make sustainability a meaningful and understandable concept for all Londoners.
Our first presentation by Maria Lee and Andrew Judge, LSDC Commissioners, was "Embedding Sustainability into regional policy and promoting sustainability leadership". This was followed by "Tackling climate change locally: Civil Society working with regional and local Government" by Chris Church, chair of London 21. London 21 Sustainability Network promotes, supports and networks community-based initiatives for a greener, healthier and more sustainable Greater London on behalf of over 1,500 people and organizations ( www.london21.org ). Closing out our program was a presentation by Andy Deacon of the greater London Authority "The Climate Change Action Plan and the Mayor's approach to sustainable energy". (http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/environment/climate-change/ccap/index.jsp)
Next on our agenda after a wonderful train ride to Surrey is the prestigious international program of One Planet Communities ( www.bioregional.com ) which solves the climate change conundrum of new development. Instead of just trying to eke out more energy efficiency, it starts from the basic principle of zero greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and a massive 82% reduction from transit. The BEDZED solution is #1 on our list of must places to study and replicate in California.
BEDZED, the Beddington Zero Energy Development, is a mixed-use energy conserving and energy efficient development, and designed with a strong emphasis on roof gardens, sunlight, solar energy, reduction of energy consumption and wastewater recycling. The development makes use of renewable materials, space heating, combined heat and power and green transport plans. Continuing Education Credits should be given for every California City & County planner that visits BEDZED or implements code changes that incorporate the BEDZED protocols!
By Ken Smokoska
Machesna Wilderness hike
Photo by Gary Felsman