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14 August

Florida Climate Summit at Orlando 2017

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This is a repost from one of our sister publications, Windermere Sun.

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Beautiful Sunset of Windermere (photo by Susan Sun Nunamaker, presented at WindermereSun.com)

Polar Bear Crosses Arctic Sea Facing Shorter Sea Ice Season (presented at WindermereSun.com)

New Normal of Sea Ice (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Cranes of the neighborhood (photo by Susan Sun Nunamaker, presented at WindermereSun.com)

cranes and solar panels in Windermere (photo by Susan Sun Nunamaker, presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speakers and moderator at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker Aliki Moncrief of Florida Conservation Voters at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker Michelle Suarez of Organize Florida at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker Eric Rollings of Orange Soil and Water Conservation District at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker Chris Castro at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Speaker and moderator at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Audience at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Audience at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

Audience and speakers at the Florida Climate Summit Orlando 2017 (presented at WindermereSun.com)

 

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)
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For those of you who were not able to attend The Florida Climate Summit-Beyond Paris: Taking Local Action in Florida (at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, 10:00 am-4:00 pm EDT, Aug. 12, 2017), as part of the Climate Reality Project, but are quite interested in taking part in the future, I’ve managed to have finished uploading the video just today and will be sharing them in this post.

The event was organized by Monica Mayotte, Laura Betts, Susan Nugent, and Pakita Leone.

Reason for the event: now that the Trump Administration has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, it is up to the states, cities, and businesses to continue the efforts to solve the climate crisis. This summit was an opportunity to bring together various environmental groups across Florida to share their projects so we can assist one another.

Topics of discussion were:

  • How to move cities to taking the 100% renewable pledge
  • Banning fracking
  • Pricing carbon at the national level
  • Rooftop solar power in Florida

The speakers and organizations that are involved are:

First Video: Chris Castro at Florida Climate Summit at Orlando on Aug. 12, 2017, below:

Chris Castro presents various projects that’s been established in City of Orlando, such as:

  • Smart Buildings : The City of Orlando has been awarded two Smart Cities awards and is currently pursuing a variety of additional funding opportunities for Smart Cities initiatives that would assist us in enhancing transportation citywide and beyond. In these pursuits, we are continuing to move forward with building a data-driven infrastructure that will support safer, cleaner and more efficient travel and an improved quality of life for our community.
  • Orlando Pace Program: the City of Orlando now provides a new set of financial tools to home and business owners to help them lower their utility bills and make our buildings more energy and water efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE removes the barriers of high upfront costs and provides low-interest financing to help residents and business owners looking to modernize, mitigate wind damage and improve the energy and water efficiency of their property.
  • Orlando’s Building Energy & Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES): BEWES calls on existing commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually and make their information transparent to the real estate marketplace. The policy covers less than five percent of Orlando’s buildings, which account for nearly 50 percent of total energy and water used by all buildings citywide.
  • Smart Energy Goal: 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 for Municipal Operations & 2050 City-wide, via exploring: On-site Solar PV, Community Solar+Solar Aggregation Program, Floatovoltaics, Food Waste (Residential Composting Program, Commercial Food Waste Collection Program) , West Orlando Food Project, Smart Vehicles .

Please also view the remarks by various speaker at this event, below:

The focus of the group is to educate, advocate, and elect public officials and representatives who would be truly concerned about caring for the future of our community and our planet.

Interested in Florida Climate Summit future events, please tweet Laura Betts: @laura_betts

For more on Climate Reality Project, please click HERE.

For more on Florida Climate Institute, please click HERE.

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11 January

Meritage Homes Sets Solar Standard For Future Homes

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Allow me to share a welcoming transitional event, described below from a post in our sister publication, Windermere Sun:

Meritage Homes, Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere, FL, www.meritagehomes.com, 407-968-9343, 407-461-8390 (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Meritage Homes, Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere, FL, www.meritagehomes.com, 407-968-9343, 407-461-8390, 877-446-5968, 877-275-6374 (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Terrific!! A nearby real estate development in Windermere is incorporating Free Sun Power Solar Systems for rooftops ! That means each house being built will come with a basic Solar System, including the solar panels-solar inverter-solar monitoring system, (that may be expanded, please refer to incentive programs available at DSIRE). It’s about time that smart and informed developers have come to realize that cost of solar panels are sufficiently low and now offer it as one of the “come with the house” features. At Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere FL, one can find 7 different plans at the sales office of Meritage Homes, to see a few, below,

Meritage Homes' plan for Franklin

Meritage Homes’ plan for Franklin

Meritage Homes-Hancock plan

Meritage Homes-Hancock plan

Meritage Homes' Plan for Victoria

Meritage Homes’ Plan for Victoria

Meritage Homes' Plan for Revere

Meritage Homes’ Plan for Revere

ranging from 2349 sq ft to 4521 sq ft. (base prices ranging from $439,990 to $539,990), at a location only minutes from SR 429, SR 408, Florida Turnpike, I-4, and about 15 minutes from Disney, convenient to shopping, schools, outdoor activities, and employment markets.Meritage Homes18-Map final Apparently, Meritage Homes are building in 17 different Central Florida/Orlando communities (in cities of Apopka, Casselberry, Orlando, Oviedo, St. Cloud, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Winter Springs). These homes are with luxurious master suites, quality construction (ENERGY STAR certified homes and ENERGY STAR qualified appliances) and energy efficient features.

Energy Efficiency of Meritage Homes

Energy Efficiency of Meritage Homes

I anticipate that future new homes will have Solar Rooftops as part of the Standard. We are seeing the Renewable Energy Future. We are seeing the beginning of the Solar Tsunami, leading by Meritage Homes…..

Come out to see these Meritage Homes…for there won’t be any plots left if you wait too long…for many are ready for the Renewable Energy Future, our Solar Energy Future….

Meritage Homes plots in Enclave at Windermere Landing

Meritage Homes plots in Enclave at Windermere Landing

Another Anticipation For The Future: Anticipation For Tomorrow: President Obama’s Final Presidential State of Union Address-Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 9:00 pm (EST) (preview below)

Some are speculating what may be included in President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address, below:

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9 March

Governor Scott, Can You Really Wish This Away?!

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A piece of rather distressing, yet not surprising, news (from a Sunday Miami Herald‘s: a story from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting) recently surfaced, revealing information from former Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employees. Apparently, according to some former DEP volunteers, officials, and one attorney  (former employee of the DEP Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013) were told not to use the terms “climate change“, “sustainability“, or “global warming” in emails, reports, or official communications. This unwritten policy went into effect shortly after Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011. The former attorney, Christopher Byrd, is now in private practice as an environmental lawyer in Orlando and he did not agree with such unwritten policy.

In Orlando Weekly: When questioned by the Center for Investigative Reporting on the ban of these terms, the DEP insisted that it didn’t have a policy on the topic. But as we already know from looking into other areas of Scott’s administration, not keeping records about important communications, decisions and policies is part of how it does business. 

In Miami Herlad: In 2014, in response to Gov. Scott’s comment that he “was not a scientist” when asked about his views on climate change, a group of Florida scientists requested to meet with Gov. Scott to explain the science behind the phenomenon. These scientists were given 30 minutes but really only had 20-21 minutes.


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What can we do to protect our environment here in Florida? Firstly, we have to be well informed by conscientious government officials. We have to protect those who are willing to speak the truth and be insured of employment. So, this is what I’d propose: gather our previous posts of our sister publication, in Sun Is The Future,  For Solar Landfills-More Help With Landfill Closure Requirements in Florida, Landfills+Community Solar=Great Opportunities & Savings, former FL-DEP attorney Christopher Byrd, and interested potential investors to become familiar with the concept and procedures in Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm. My fellow Floridians, there are much investment potentials here in Florida waiting to be discovered. For those of you who do not have huge sum of cash flowing around, you may consider pulling funds from various sources and form your own microfinance groups or ask the world to help you to convert your local landfills into community solar gardens via crowdfunding! Click on the “Loans & Grants For Small Businesses” of Windermere Sun and learn how to raise money from all corners of our planet. Then check with environmental attorney Christopher Byrd (407-502-5182 or 407-929-4628) for specific procedures in developing your community solar gardens/farms from landfills.

The world is so well connected that we need not dwell on the negatives! Our time is too precious to be wasted on the negatives! We need to concentrate our time, energy, and effort toward the solution. In my book, Solar Energy is the ultimate solution that will solve: Energy-Pollution-Slow Down Climate Change-Avoid International Conflicts. What are we waiting for, Floridians, let’s bring back the Sunshine To Our Beloved Sunshine State!  Contrary to Governor Scott, we do not choose to wish the problem away by not talking about it, we need to talk about it and work toward the Solar Solution For Sunshine State!

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Related video: Greenland Is The Melting Point-HD Documentary

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12 August

Mayor Dyer’s Climate & Energy Summit on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014

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Mayor Dyer's Climate & Energy Summit 2014 (credit: Orlando Mayor Dyer's Office)

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Did you know that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be joining global and national experts in climate action on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014, to discuss best practices and solutions to support economic growth and a sustainable energy future for the city of Orlando, the Central Florida region, and the state of Florida? This Mayor Dyer’s Climate & Energy Summit will take place at Amway Center between 8:00-11:00 A.M., Dex Imaging Room. More than 200 community, business, nonprofit and public sector leaders will also learn first hand how to join with businesses and governments across the U.S. in how to achieve positive results from employing the latest innovative technologies and strategies in climate action and sustainable energy. The event is part of the Community Initiative, Green Works Orlando Initiative. This is Orlando’s comprehensive vision to insure Orlando to become one of the most environmentally friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation. I’ll be there to learn what I can and will share it with you later.

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7 August

“Solar Tsunami” Shared by the Effervescent Professor Jose Cordeiro of Singularity University during World Future Society 2014

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On July 12, 2014, during the World Future Society 2014 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL, I caught up with the hopeful  Professor Jose Cordeiro (trained at MIT) of Singularity University, to share some of his optimism about the future of Solar and Renewable Energy. He even used the term, “Solar Tsunami” to demonstrate that our energy future will soon be  that of Solar Energy every where. There is no stopping it for Solar Energy is Clean, Healthy, Every Where, and Cheap. We’re facing an exciting future where there will be solar roadways, solar cars, solar planes, solar trains, solar boats, self-driving cars, and much much more wireless. We will see a future with far more distributed solar power rather than centralized power.

Professor Jose Luiz Cordeiro, the Venezuelen scientist, futurist, economist, engineer, and columnist, is extremely enthusiastic because he is excited about sharing information and being a proactive futurist. In the link below, you can find out the four potential types of attitudes toward the future described by Professor Cordeiro in his TED talk, “The Future Is Not What Is Used To Be: Jose Luis Cordeiro at TEDxRio+20“.  Professor Cordeiro literally effervesces for he is able to fully appreciate both the danger and opportunities our future is availing us. This is a common characteristics one finds in Solar Enthusiasts and Futurists; the thought of potential future free energy and transhumanism simply holds such incredible promises that one cannot help oneself but become effervescent!

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28 July

Interesting Uses Of Solar Energy

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Let’s switch our gear slightly in this post by turning our attentions toward some interesting uses of solar energy, gathered below during my recent trips:

  1. Solar Panels on Utility Poles in Orlando, FL

    Solar Panels on Utility Poles in Orlando, FL (credit: Orlando Utility Commission)

  2. Solar Powered Parking Light

    Solar Powered Parking Light (credit: Aubry L. Buzek)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Solar Powered Flying Butterfly, video below:


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18 August

Mars Rover-Plutonium/Sun-and You (II)

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As you’ve seen what I’ve posted on Aug. 16 & 17, 2012, regarding the Mars Rovers (Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity) for both sides of the arguments: using nuclear energy (plutonium) or solar energy (Sun) to power Mars Rovers.  The main reason why nuclear (plutonium 238) energy source was selected over the solar energy source for the latest MSL Mission for Curiosity Rover lies in the fact that there are more power intensive experiments (<–click  on link), video clip below, conducted on Curiosity than Spirit or Opportunity.  But in light of the progress made this past decade in solar energy and the potential risk involved in using nuclear/plutonium source, it seems to me that perhaps we should consider several other alternatives:

  • 1. Dramatically increase our funding for R & D for solar energy and battery technology
  • 2. Using a hybrid system combining nuclear and solar energy so to minimize the amount of plutonium carried on board of any MSL Mission and to minimize the chance of wasting tax payers’ dollars when we’re running out of plutonium
  • 3. Delaying the more power intensive experiments until solar energy or any other less dangerous alternative energy will become available and sufficient/proficient in completing the project

Since I don’t have access to all information involved in determining how urgent these power intensive experiments need to be completed, I wouldn’t know how feasible it would be to delay this mission.  In that case, perhaps one should only request that all scientists and engineers involved in the project to be present during the launch of  the mission from Cape Canaveral  (Orlando, FL) (or wherever the launch site may be) rather than from JPL (Pasadena, CA).


Good news is that U.S. has stopped producing plutonium -238 in 1988; and since 1993, all of the plutonium-238 used in American spacecraft has been purchased from Russia. Please refer to discussion on plutonium-238 in wikipedia –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium-238.
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