Cynthia Shahan, Author at PlanetSave

Author: Cynthia Shahan

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EV Summit Conversations — Clotheslines, Uber, Safety

The first day of the EV Summit in Florida was flowing with inspired conversations that extended far beyond the presentations. At lunch, Florida Solar Energy Center presenter Danny Parker talked about net zero impact and how much energy clothes dryers suck. I mentioned that I love clotheslines — I find them interesting, colorful, and fresh watching them flap in the breeze. Why on earth do we discourage the most bacteria-free means of drying our clothes in so many neighborhoods?

October 27th

The Calamity Of The Century, & Then Again, In St. Petersburg, Florida — Tropical Storm & Sewage Crisis

Unchecked development causes many urban crises with water problems. Troubles such as too much impervious infrastructure are overwhelmed when strong storms arrive. A recently reported crisis in St. Petersburg, Florida — “The Calamity of the Century” — examines one of the many water problems of this complex environmental conundrum in South Florida. The plight of the Gulf Coast […]

August 31st

CARB Integrating Cap-And-Trade Revenue In California Low-Income Neighborhood Bikeshares

It is no secret that the health of the air affects everyone. Presently, California’s plan for zero emissions includes using cap-and-trade revenue to help stop air pollution in specific clean transportation programs. Following last year’s carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods, California now allows cap-and-trade revenue to fund California disadvantaged neighborhood bikeshare projects. Nextcity.org relates, “Last year, the [state] […]

August 24th

Mayor Garcetti & Port Of Los Angeles To Announce New Clean Air Initiatives On July 12th, 2016

If you are in Los Angeles and are up for some vital community activity and fresh ocean breezes, we received a press release of cleantech highlights being presented next week at the Port of Los Angeles. Details that follow include a series of clean air initiatives, including $26 million for electric vehicles: “Mayor Garcetti and Port of […]

July 9th

More Research: Fracking by the Numbers; The Damage to Our Water, Land, and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations […]

May 11th

PG&E Commits $1 Million To Solar-Powered Habitat For Humanity Homes

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com Habitat for Humanity homes are a remarkable support to families. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the leading utility with rooftop solar in the nation, deserves more praise for new support for Habitat for Humanity. In a news release, the utility announced its $1 million commitment to the installation of rooftop solar on […]

April 30th

New Energy System Coming… NOW

Originally posted on CleanTechnica. Imagine that the norm is electricity meters running backward. Yes, your solar panel collected so much it turned your meter around. Decentralized power plants, the people collecting and storing energy. Just a few of the thoughts on the following videos. Imagine a new energy system that some are creating — but why not […]

April 15th

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ONLY

Originally published on CleanTechnica. I live in an area with plenty of EV chargers, and typically I experience no charging problems due to lack of chargers. A few times, I’ve found gas cars in EV charging spaces. So I slowly moved on. The question arising: Why does a gas car park directly in front of […]

April 15th

Genuine & Buoyant EV Enthusiast Community

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The most genuine and buoyant EV enthusiast I’ve met (outside of a CleanTechnica person) pulled up next to me recently at an EV charger late one night in Fort Myers. Driving home that evening from out of town, I needed one last charge on the way. I had to find a bathroom. […]

April 15th

Residential Users May Join To Build Community-Based Solar Systems & Partnerships

Originally published on CleanTechnica. What could make more sense than to have groups of homeowners, neighbors, collaborating with community solar systems and activating community use and the benefits of solar? Predictions are that residential users will increasingly join and build community-based solar systems and partnerships. Quite naturally, some structures lend themselves better than others to solar […]

April 15th

Songification of Electric Cars

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Everyone will have a different take — rather, taste — about the following list. Certainly, I never seem to have a mainstream perspective on much of anything — except perhaps with avant-garde, holistic types. I started a collection of songs that compare to the drive and experience of the EVs I love. Continue the idea and […]

March 21st

New Flyer Completes 1,800 Electric Bus Passenger Rides, 1,150 Miles

Originally posted on Cleantechnica.com Smoothly traveling 1,150 miles, New Flyer has completed 1,800 electric bus passenger rides, and 11 in-service demonstrations in Miami–Dade County, Florida. I recently enjoyed a ride on the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ Electric Bus, a zero-emissions bus, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, which is collaborating with the Sierra Club on demos of future bus […]

February 29th

That 5-Hour Nissan LEAF Trip

Originally published on CleanTechnica. “So, how do you like it?” I always respond, I love it. I have never driven a car that I appreciate so much — near as much. The drive, the ambiance, the adept maneuvering, and the entire 1-minute experience of plugging in to refuel at clean charge points. Never smelling gas […]

February 29th

Royal Society For Protection Of Birds Installs Wind Turbine To Cut Emissions

The Royal Society For Protection Of Birds (RSPB) in the UK last week announced an objective that began about 10 years ago — a renewable energy project for the charity to offset its contributions to climate change. Collaborating with Ecotricity, the Royal Society For Protection Of Birds installed a new wind turbine at RSPB Headquarters at the Lodge. A 100-metre wind […]

January 31st

Dispelling Charge Anxiety With The Nissan LEAF (Photos)

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com. Just before leasing a Nissan LEAF, a news item presented to me as credible from a TV news station stirred me up. I wanted to say, “Think of who sponsors such stories!” It is not community sponsored, that’s for sure. The report said that there are not enough EV chargers in my area […]

January 31st

Al Gore & Bill Maher Talk Climate Change & The Deniers

Take a few moments for this video — despite the compromised visual quality, the sound is fine. The conversation flows nicely. Climate Reality leader Al Gore and Bill Maher talk climate change and the deniers. It is a short conversation complete with great reminders and touches of humour (as typical of Maher’s style). Mayer’s questions enhance the […]

January 31st

Renault-Nissan Video On Record-Breaking EV Shuttles For COP21

Originally published on EV Obsession. In Paris, Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing official transport for the United Nation’s COP21. It is the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference, with 200 EVs to transport delegates. 200 pure electric cars quietly, silently transporting people emissions-free to the annual summit that runs from November 30 to December 11. Now, […]

December 6th

Dogs Prefer Electric Cars

Originally published on EV Obsession. The wildlife in my front yard feels completely at ease with my silent Nissan LEAF. I am not alone or imagining this — someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum shared an even more interesting story than mine. His two dogs prefer to ride in the quiet electric Model S, Leaf, or Roadster over […]

December 6th

Florida Solar Ballot Initiative Growing

Originally published on CleanTechnica. What I love about Florida is the torrential downpours of summer afternoons that break through the intensity of the never-ending brilliant sunshine. The ocean is not far from wherever one lives — jutting out into some of the most emerald green-blue waters lit up by nearly constant sunshine over the Gulf. What […]

December 6th

Tesla Model S One Of The 10 Best Cars Of 2016, Says Car and Driver

Originally published on EV Obsession. Car and Driver has declared the Tesla Model S 70/70D one of the “10 Best Cars of 2016.” Car and Driver points out Tesla’s innovation and Musk’s popular appeal but says that, even ignoring all of that, “the Model S still points a spotlight on the auto industry’s complacency.” Absolutely. Complacency and the status quo […]

November 27th

Safe Commuting By Bicycle

When I think about safe commuting by bicycle, of bicycle safety for regular travelers, I call to mind infrastructure changes in the United States that the Northern Europeans began over 50 years ago. I think of smaller streets of bicycles concurrently with streets for automobiles. I think of protected bike lanes, with suitable curbs to protect bicyclists and pedestrians […]

June 29th

Belgium Energy Mix Of All Renewable Energy By 2050?

Four Belgian energy ministers, the federal minister, and three regional ministers commissioned three scientific partners as part of an effort towards evolving the Belgian energy system in 2011. The three partners are the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), the Council of Institute and Studies in Sustainable Development (ICEDD), and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). The consortium […]

May 3rd

Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Effort Launched by Tea Partiers, Conservative, & Liberals

A recent Floridians For Solar Choice news release relates a breakthrough for Florida and hopefully a bright note for diversity in a backwards state. A broad coalition of Floridians have put forward a ballot initiative for more renewable energy in the state, via policies allowing more renewable energy business models. Conservative groups and others have gathered with lefty […]

January 27th