Posts Tagged "Events/Learning"

Brattleboro event: Lessons from Germany’s Energy Transition

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013

In 2000 Germany set a goal of achieving 20 percent renewable electricity production by 2020. At that time they were at 3 percent. Now, just 12 years later, they are already at 25 percent. How is Germany transitioning to a renewable energy economy so quickly? Long-time renewable energy advocate Bob Walker and Vermont State Representative Margaret Cheney will report on what they learned from their recent renewable energy tour of Germany as guests of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The trip was designed for American policymakers and advocates who are advancing renewable energy across the U.S....

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Alex presenting at an all-day workshop on resilient design in Boston

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013

I’m one of four presenters at an all-day workshop, “Skills for Building Resilient Communities,” on Tuesday, March 5th, immediately preceding the NESEA Building Energy Conference in Boston. The other presenters are architect Dan Watson, FAIA (author of the recently published book, Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change); Joel Gordes, of Environmental Energy Solutions; and and Maureen Hart of Sustainable Measures. This will be a great opportunity to dig deeply into the whys and how of resilient design. Click here for...

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Alex speaking at the Sustainable Cities Roundtable – Kirkland, WA

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013

Alex will be presenting (via teleconference) at the Sustainable Cities Roundtable this Thursday, January 10th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 Pacific Time, in Kirkland, Washington.  From the website: King County GreenTools has pulled together an exciting lineup to launch the 2013 Sustainable Cities Roundtable Series theme: “Beyond Net Zero: Resilience, Regeneration, and Social Justice.”  We are bringing visionary and on-the-ground leaders together to add real meaning to these ‘not just buzz words’ – particularly in how they relate to your role in creating a more sustainable built...

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RDI’s Alex Wilson interviewed by Chicago Tribune

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013

The Chicago Tribune’s Mary Umberger spoke with RDI’s Alex Wilson about how builders can make homes much more disaster resistant — and how his thinking shifted from “passive survivability” to “resilience.” Generally, I think the building industry is starting to pay attention. It’s a tricky issue for builders, because it means marketing a negative. But they’re already promoting heat-recovery ventilators that are used to maintain safe indoor air quality, and that’s a similar kind of thing — you’re providing a message that your...

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Presentation in NYC on January 22nd

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013

I’ll be speaking at a Green Drinks SPARK event Tuesday evening, January 22nd at The Moderns near Union Square in New York City. The topic will be “Resilient Design: The New Imperative.” Green Drinks SPARK is a networking event, so there will be plenty of time for conversations over drinks and snacks, followed by my presentation. The talk will be structured to allow plenty of interaction. Details and registration information are available at the following link:...

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