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November 5, 2002
UCI students call for solar energy use UC Irvine students joined their University of California peers in supporting solar power and energy-efficient building design. The student government passed a resolution in late October to let the UC Board of Regents know that it supports renewable energy and sustainable building design for the rapidly expanding UC system. With the system's 10th campus awaiting construction, the UC system will create massive demand for new buildings over the next five years.
NEWS
July 22, 2005
Keep KOCE as is, all the time I wish to urge the Coast Community College trustees to hang on to KOCE. I listen to it all the time, and we certainly don't need another religious television network. SARAH PARKER Costa Mesa Smith right that auto changes needed I couldn't agree more with Steve Smith when he says that high gas prices are the only way that we will "begin to make the meaningful changes in our lives that we have been putting off for decades" ("On the Town, July 13)
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | October 30, 2010
IRVINE — The Irvine Unified School District has indentified an untapped resource: 2.5 million square feet of largely unused rooftop space. Thanks to a 2009 decision by the school board to partner with SunEdison and SPG Solar, that rich supply of space will soon make room for multiple solar panel projects. Some 16 sites were chosen throughout the district to receive the rooftop panels. Panels are already being installed at the district office at 5050 Barranca Parkway, although on top of vehicle shade structures there.
NEWS
June 28, 2007
Last year was the hottest year on record in the U.S., and the effects of global warming are already showing up in our backyards. The state took a big step forward in 2006 by adopting AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, but now it's time for Congress to act. The good news is that we can reduce global-warming pollution nationwide by harnessing America's vast renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal and biomass...
NEWS
By Larry Agran | March 25, 2009
President Obama’s visit to Southern California was an excellent opportunity for city leaders to personally plead their case for funding of community and recreational facilities, which desperately need a portion of the stimulus dollars. Unfortunately, city parks are not getting the attention they deserve. Although monies for national park improvements have been earmarked for the National Park Service, there is no money specifically designated for our metropolitan parks. While tall skyscrapers, massive retail centers and new residential communities may garner more public attention and publicity, the fact is, parks matter.
NEWS
June 23, 2007
Our youngest daughter graduated from Newport Harbor High School on Thursday and I feel compelled to publicly and profusely thank the education community of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the excellent experience our five children have had in the public schools here over the past 22 years. Each school — from Mariners Elementary to Ensign Intermediate to Newport Harbor High — has provided an environment conducive to learning and curriculum that has prepared our children to succeed in challenging college programs.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay.dailypilot@gmail.com | February 4, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the amount the school district expects to save in energy costs. Thanks to fuel cells, students at University and Woodbridge high schools may be swimming in a sustainable pool next year. The technology was approved last month during an Irvine Unified School District school board meeting. Over the next 20 years, the fuel cells could save the district as much as $567,698 at each school. "We set up an effort about two years ago to go after renewable energy sources to help the district save money in the long run," said school board member Mike Parham.
NEWS
By Len Bose | May 2, 2013
This last week, I was able to catch up with Billy Dutton of Riding Currents, a group dedicated to promoting renewable energy, raising awareness about plastics in the ocean and recognizing the advancement of renewable energy and its application to watercraft. To achieve this goal, Billy and Mark Ward founded the group Riding Currents, then selected the Duffy 22 electric boat as their vessel. SunPower provided the power with solar panels and Trojan batteries (T-145s) were used to store that energy.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Ikea is planning to light up its store using the power of the sun. The Sweden-based furniture chain last week applied for a permit with the city to install solar panels on the roof of its South Coast Drive store, said Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official. "We've been following solar energy technology as it's been advancing, and now we concluded that it's definitely feasible for us to efficiently and effectively implement the solar-energy programs at certain stores," said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 15, 2013
The Orange County Great Park once again raised the Irvine's City Council's hackles. The carousel and balloon rides starred prominently at Tuesday's meeting, as did the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. These items, pulled from the meeting's consent calendar, led to a heated debate, pockmarked with insults, from both factions of the divided council. The lengthy discussion, in which the audience was given yet another walk through the park's history, ended in a 3-2 vote; Larry Agran and Beth Krom dissented.
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By Len Bose | May 2, 2013
This last week, I was able to catch up with Billy Dutton of Riding Currents, a group dedicated to promoting renewable energy, raising awareness about plastics in the ocean and recognizing the advancement of renewable energy and its application to watercraft. To achieve this goal, Billy and Mark Ward founded the group Riding Currents, then selected the Duffy 22 electric boat as their vessel. SunPower provided the power with solar panels and Trojan batteries (T-145s) were used to store that energy.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 15, 2013
The Orange County Great Park once again raised the Irvine's City Council's hackles. The carousel and balloon rides starred prominently at Tuesday's meeting, as did the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. These items, pulled from the meeting's consent calendar, led to a heated debate, pockmarked with insults, from both factions of the divided council. The lengthy discussion, in which the audience was given yet another walk through the park's history, ended in a 3-2 vote; Larry Agran and Beth Krom dissented.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay.dailypilot@gmail.com | February 4, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the amount the school district expects to save in energy costs. Thanks to fuel cells, students at University and Woodbridge high schools may be swimming in a sustainable pool next year. The technology was approved last month during an Irvine Unified School District school board meeting. Over the next 20 years, the fuel cells could save the district as much as $567,698 at each school. "We set up an effort about two years ago to go after renewable energy sources to help the district save money in the long run," said school board member Mike Parham.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Ikea is planning to light up its store using the power of the sun. The Sweden-based furniture chain last week applied for a permit with the city to install solar panels on the roof of its South Coast Drive store, said Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official. "We've been following solar energy technology as it's been advancing, and now we concluded that it's definitely feasible for us to efficiently and effectively implement the solar-energy programs at certain stores," said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | October 30, 2010
IRVINE — The Irvine Unified School District has indentified an untapped resource: 2.5 million square feet of largely unused rooftop space. Thanks to a 2009 decision by the school board to partner with SunEdison and SPG Solar, that rich supply of space will soon make room for multiple solar panel projects. Some 16 sites were chosen throughout the district to receive the rooftop panels. Panels are already being installed at the district office at 5050 Barranca Parkway, although on top of vehicle shade structures there.
BUSINESS
By Mike Reicher | March 12, 2010
Orange County has added green jobs faster than the state during recent years, but its use of renewable energy ranks behind other California counties, a new report shows. The 2010 Orange County Community Indicators, an annual study by the county government, reviewed for the first time measures in “sustainability” — those that consider the “interconnections between economic, environmental and social factors.” These factors have been cited by the Obama administration and others as critical for the economic success of the U.S. and the survival of the environment.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 16, 2009
Clouds are like nature’s dimmer switch for sunlight, and in the case of California’s power grid, they could soon be the dimmer on how much electricity we generate unless the state makes some changes. UC Irvine researchers call it intermittence, when cloud cover limits sunlight to solar power generators and lowers their electrical output. As California residents turn ever more toward renewable energy like sunlight to provide electricity, the next problem facing electrical companies is how to prepare the grid for it. Thanks to a $2-million grant, UCI researchers will use the campus as a guinea pig to try out several possibilities for the state electrical grid’s future.
NEWS
By Larry Agran | March 25, 2009
President Obama’s visit to Southern California was an excellent opportunity for city leaders to personally plead their case for funding of community and recreational facilities, which desperately need a portion of the stimulus dollars. Unfortunately, city parks are not getting the attention they deserve. Although monies for national park improvements have been earmarked for the National Park Service, there is no money specifically designated for our metropolitan parks. While tall skyscrapers, massive retail centers and new residential communities may garner more public attention and publicity, the fact is, parks matter.
NEWS
June 28, 2007
Last year was the hottest year on record in the U.S., and the effects of global warming are already showing up in our backyards. The state took a big step forward in 2006 by adopting AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, but now it's time for Congress to act. The good news is that we can reduce global-warming pollution nationwide by harnessing America's vast renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal and biomass...
NEWS
June 23, 2007
Our youngest daughter graduated from Newport Harbor High School on Thursday and I feel compelled to publicly and profusely thank the education community of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the excellent experience our five children have had in the public schools here over the past 22 years. Each school — from Mariners Elementary to Ensign Intermediate to Newport Harbor High — has provided an environment conducive to learning and curriculum that has prepared our children to succeed in challenging college programs.
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