Recruitment for Open Board of Directors Seats

The Orange County Sustainability Collaborative (OCSC) is seeking well-qualified candidates to fill two uncompensated volunteer positions on its Board of Directors for 2-year terms. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, July 19, 2013.  To be considered, candidates should carefully review the attached evaluation criteria.  Please keep in mind no candidate could possibly meet all of these standards.  The determination and ability to get things done are two of OCSC’s highest priorities. Then, email the following documents to OCSC’s Board Member and Acting Secretary, Ms. Christina Hall, at chall3@antioch.edu : A cover letter of no more than two pages concisely: Stating candidacy Expressing motivation for serving as a board member, and Briefly summarizing significant professional and personal qualifications A curriculum vitae and Three professional references with professional titles, organizational affiliations, telephone numbers and email addresses. After the close of the application period, the OCSC Board of Directors will evaluate the applications and announce its selections by Friday, August 2, 2013. Director Nomination and Selection Criteria Final Director Candidate Eval...

Energy Efficiency Investments : The Safest Type of Investment

Finance guru Zvi Bodie had recently claimed that the best and safest investments are on I-bonds, inflation-adjusted bonds from the US government. This means that the rate of interest is guaranteed to be at least the rate of inflation. They are backed with the credit and full faith of the US government for 30 years, and can be cashed out anytime with the security that it is adjusted and the purchasing power has been maintained. In response to this article, however, one Hilton Dier, owner of Renewable Energy Designs, argues that it is not the safest investment out there. Instead, he claims that energy efficiency investments have the best return, and are the safest type of investment. First, he stresses that this type of investment only works for people who own property–homes or businesses–but does not work for people who rent. One of the key points that he underlines is that investments do not necessarily mean earning money, but can also mean saving money. If you save $100 on an electric bill, for example, it is the same as earning $100 on an investment, but perhaps even better, since saved money is not taxable. He also adds that just as I-bonds are inflation-adjusted, so are personal energy investments. In fact, it might be well over than just inflation-adjusted since it seems that the cost of energy–all the different kinds–is going up faster than inflation. So, the money saved in the first year, is guaranteed to adjust in the next year, as the costs go up and efficiency lowers the money spent. Finally, perhaps the biggest advantage of energy efficiency...

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closes After Months of Inactivity

Southern California Edison announced on June 7 that it will be permanently closing the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. The nuclear power plant has been up and running for over four decades, but has not been generating any energy since January 2012. The plant’s first unit started operating in 1968 and has since added two more units. Shortly before the plant shut down in early 2012, the plant underwent some renovations, in which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries replaced the generators’ equipment. Soon after, damage was found in one of the pipes and discovered to be leaking small amounts of radioactive steam. Although the leak was minimal, it was found to be very harmful to residents of the area and the plant was requested to be immediately shut down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Since then, the plant has not been generating energy for Southern California residents. Between the time that the nuclear plant was shut down until Edison International’s official announcement of its permanent closure, the plant spent more than $500 million to compensate for the loss of energy generated by the nuclear plant. According to this same Los Angeles Times article, the plant had stayed closed due to a long, inconclusive battle between Southern California Edison, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who refused to allow the plant to reopen. Heavy opposition from residents and the general public had added additional stress to the issue. This process, from replacing the motors to maintaining the plant even after it was shut down, had cost Southern California Edison over $2 billion. This, along with the unlikelihood that the plant would be approved...

Summer Speaker Series – The Ecology Center – Summer 2013

The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano presents its 5th Annual Summer Speakers Series. This year, three award-winning speakers are invited to advance the dialogue on today’s most persistent environmental issues. The topic of the series this year is on Basic Needs, with lectures and talks focusing on issues in food, water, and shelter. The talks are a series of cohesive lectures coming from three disciplines: youth activism, ecological design, and sustainable architecture. Join The Ecology Center in welcoming their speakers, Erin Schrode, Fritz Haeg, and Cameron Sinclair this summer. For registration, please visit:  http://www.theecologycenter.org/resources/basic-needs When: June 28, July 12, August 16, 6:30 – 9 PM Where: The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, 92675 Cost: $10 for members, $20 for...

Sustainability Film Series – Irvine Valley College – Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7PM

The Irvine Valley College Sustainability & Resource Management Program presents a 2-Part Film Series with Panel Discussions Business, government, and community experts join us to share a local perspective. Film 2:  Dive! When:   May 10, 7:00 pm Where: Irvine Valley College Room: BSTIC 104 5500 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618 Panel:   Danielle Aslam, CalRecycle Robert Flournoy, Loaves & Fishes Dan Manassero, Manassero Farms Register for FREE Admission: http://ivczerowaste.eventbrite.com <http://ivczerowaste.eventbrite.com/>...

“A World We Can Change” conference on March 13

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) invites your students and you to attend  “A World We Can Change” conference on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center. SCAQMD’s goal is to reach approximately 8,000 students to educate, inspire and engage our youth in air quality and environmental issues. To this end, SCAQMD is partnering with major environmental education organizations such as the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and Global Inheritance. ACE will be presenting their awarding winning assembly to educate conference goers on climate science and what each individual can do to make a positive difference in our environment. The Expo Hall will be like no other, featuring hands-on and interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art technology displays, and information on educational, volunteer, and career opportunities. In one exhibit, students will have the opportunity to learn firsthand from Global Inheritance about energy and sustainability issues as they power a live DJ booth by riding stationary bicycles. For more conference information:...

OCSC Announces Fall Leadership Dialogue “Sustainability’s Business Proposition: Making Money by Doing Good”

The Orange County Sustainability Collaborative (OCSC) has finalized the schedule for its Fall Leadership Dialogue Event, “Sustainability’s Business Proposition:  Making Money by Doing Good.”  The panel discussion and facilitated discussion afterward will be held October 19, 2012, in the Multi-Purpose Building at Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park, 15 Sweet Shade, Irvine, CA 92696, from 2 to 5 pm.   Check in will start at 1:30 pm. The event will explore sustainability’s business proposition in depth and provide attendees opportunities to consider practical applications of sustainability principles and practices within their organizations.   It is intended for sustainability leaders from industry, academia, public agencies and non-governmental organizations and others interested in promoting more sustainable business practices.  For more detail on information planned to appeal to each of these groups, please visit the event webpage at www.ocsustainability.org/events. The presentation portion will explore the five elements of corporate environmental sustainability and their interrelationships: Systematic program management Regulatory and industry-standards compliance Cost-and-risk-reducing efficiencies throughout the entire lifecycles of value systems Revenue-stream enhancement through green-attribute products and services, and Competitive advantages through greenwash-free corporate transparency. Panelists will include: Mr. William Borges, panel discussion moderator, Interim Chairman of the Board at the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative and Former Principal  Environmental Scientist at Midwest Research Institute Ms. Constanze Duke, Manager of Environment, Health, Safety + Sustainability at Bausch + Lomb and Director of the Orange County Group at the International  Society of Sustainability Professionals Mrs. Teresa Nersesyan, Board Member at the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative , Principal at Tradeface Consulting LLC, and former Vice President of Global Logistics and Trade Compliance at Pacific Sunwear, Ms. Lauren Gropper, Founder and...

Introduction to Stormwater Management: Keeping up with Compliance

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CSUF Garden Grove Center (12901 Euclid Street, Garden Grove) State and local programs regulating municipal and industrial stormwater discharges are constantly changing. Professionals involved with monitoring, implementing, or reporting on best management practices must be able to understand and support regulations aimed at controlling stormwater runoff. This one-day class will provide an overview of the history and development of stormwater programs and review current regulations and reporting requirements. Participants will also learn steps required to meet Municipal Stormwater Permit (NPDES) obligations and identify funding opportunities. Cost: $150. Register online today. For more information contact Kim Tang, ktang@fullerton.edu, 657-278-8664 or go to: http://www.csufextension.org/stormwater/...

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, HOSTED BY THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR CLIMATE ACTION AND SUSTAINABILITY (LARC)

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABILITY FORUM  HOSTED BY THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR CLIMATE ACTION AND SUSTAINABILITY (LARC)  RENAISSANCE LONG BEACH HOTEL AUGUST 15 AND 16, 2012 ABOUT THE EVENT The annual Southern California Sustainability Forum is a premiere event for organizations at the front lines of sustainability.   As such, it is your opportunity to access the broad expertise in the region and learn how to respond to sustainability’s many opportunities and demands.   It brings together government officials, academics, business leaders and other experts to share knowledge, identify priorities, and develop strategies to build a sustainable southern California. Highlighting various clean technology sectors, this year’s panelists include executives from leading organizations in industries ranging from electric vehicle suppliers to clean energy producers.  The forum also features sessions on regional-climate-change impacts and response strategies. New this year is a panel discussion examining: “Sustainability’s Business Proposition:  Making Money by Doing Good”. With participation by the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative (OCSC), CleanTech OC (CTOC), and Orange County members of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), this presentation will case study the five elements of corporate environmental sustainability: Systematic program management Regulatory and industry-standards compliance Cost-and-risk-reducing efficiencies throughout the entire lifecycles of value systems Revenue-stream enhancement through green-attribute products and services, and Competitive advantages through greenwash-free corporate transparency. For more information on the forum and to register, please visit:  http://socalsustainabilityforum.com/index.html . CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES LARC is offering corporate sponsorship opportunities to help your organization get its message out to a diverse group of sustainability leaders in southern California and beyond.  For details on becoming a sponsor, please visit:   http://socalsustainabilityforum.com/sponsors.html . ABOUT THE...