Sustainability News

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Jim Norrena

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to visit Showplace Triangle Plaza Thursday, February 25

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will hold a press event at Showplace Triangle Plaza (in front of Axis Café at 16th Street) Thursday, February 25, at 11:30 a.m. (Note: Time is subject to change, so check here for updated information).

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to drop by and show their appreciation on behalf of the college for the city-funded Showplace Triangle Plaza. Unless, of course, you're in class.

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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Grace Lee

Opening reception: Friday, November 6, from 6–8 p.m.
Location: 251 Balboa Street (corner of 4th and Balboa in San Francisco's Richmond District)
Hosted by Y2Y Gallery

Non•Mart is a design studio, shop, and art show that offers a platform for exploring a more relational, less-commercial means of economic exchange. Non•Mart invites artists, designers, and the general public to participate in a dynamic trade-based alternative to traditional commerce. Non•Mart will be open November 6 through January 15, 2010.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 by Grace Lee

This Sunday Future Action Reclamation Mob (FARM) will be one of many stops on the San Francisco Parks Trust bike tour! This is a tour for persons who love community gardens, so it's awesome they choose to see CCA's FARM site. Come out and show the tour what it means to be a FARMer.

For a full event description see the Event Calendar.

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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Ignoring the rain and cold, Team California held an impromtu dance party in Refract House following the announcement of their third place win in the Solar Decathlon. With the Shop Boyz blaring, students from several other teams joined in the celebration.

Earlier in the morning, emotions ran high in the main tent of the Solar Decathlon competition. There were whistles and cheers (and even a few tears) following each announcement: third place, second place, and third place in engineering. And then, finally, the overall winners:
Team California, third place

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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 by Chris Bliss

It's cold and rainy in Washington DC today, but the heat is definitely on!

The winner of the Solar Decathlon will be named tomorrow (Friday) at 8 am EST. It's turned into a real nailbiter with only a few points separating the top four teams. Team California is currently in second place, but anything could happen with tomorrow's announcement of the engineering contest (100 points) and the net metering contest (150 points).

The Today Show will be on hand tomorrow to tape a segment on smart homes that will run the second week of November. We will keep you posted on air date and time.

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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 by Grace Lee

Oakland campus
Saturday, October 17

Come and help design an organic garden on the Oakland campus. For full event details see the Event Calendar.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Today students on Team California take a break from giving house tours. In this photo, Annessa Mattson and Kyle Belcher discuss the house pre-tour with with American Institute of Architects (AIA) President-Elect George Miller. And speaking of tours, Solar Decathlon Director Richard King states that through the end of last weekend, about 40,000 visitors had toured the 20 homes on display at the National Mall. The Refract House has attracted lot of that activity; according to Kyle Belcher, about 8000 people have passed through!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California maintained its first place status with a decisive win in the communications contest today. The team received kudos for its website and other communications vehicles. The jury also praised the house tours--and with 500 people per hour going through Refract House this is a tremendous effort!

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Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California took the lead in the Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the architecture contest with a score of 98 out of a possible 100, beating out powerhouses such as Team Germany, the 2007 winner of the Solar Decathlon, and Rice University.

Members of the media are currently swarming Refract House, with reporters from the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times interviewing Team California members. Project Manager Kyle Belcher, BArch 2009, will be on NPR's "All Things Considered" today, October 12, at 4:20 EST.

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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Can't travel to Washington D.C. for the Solar Decathlon? You can see all the entries on a virtual tour posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon website. The tour of Team California's house features an interview with CCA architecture student Annessa Mattson.

While you're on the Solar Decathlon website be sure to vote for Team California for the People's Choice Award. Text HOUSE31 to 99503.

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