Archives: Past Activites

OPALCO Candidates Forum, April 14, 2014

Please see the candidates’ statements in response to a set of four questions from IEC:

Question # 1: WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE OPALCO BOARD?

Question # 2: WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE ON THE OPALCO BOARD?

Question # 3: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE OPALCO BOARD?

Question # 4: WHAT ARE THE MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES YOU SEE AHEAD AND WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU HAVE IN MIND TO NAVIGATE THESE CHALLENGES?

To view the candidates’ responses to the above questions, click here.

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Climate Change: Local and Global Perspectives is an informal lecture series, held about once a month, on the challenges and possibilities facing our world and community in this time of unprecedented change. There are many people on Lopez and other San Juan islands engaged in these issues and we will draw upon local knowledge to provide dynamic presentations and stimulate discussion.

Friday October 28, 2011

Talk by Transition Fidalgo & Friends. How did our neighbors across the water on Fidalgo Island organize to grow their community’s resilience by inspiring, informing and empowering life beyond fossil fuels? An all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit, Transition Fidalgo & Friends will come to Lopez to share their experience in developing positive, everyday solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy uncertainty, and economic instability. Fri Oct 28, 2011, 6.30pm. Lopez Library.

June 1st, 2011

CHRIS AND CHOM GREACEN: From remote villages to government boardrooms: some notes on efforts to leverage change towards clean energy.
Chris and Chom share stories about working inside and outside ‘the system’ to effect change involving energy in SE Asia and Africa. Sometimes it’s change in rules and regulations to allow renewable energy to compete on a fair playing field with conventional sources. Sometimes it’s human rights change – and using renewable energy as a tool in meeting basic needs. Sometimes it’s change in the politics of large scale energy planning, invoking the key questions, “who benefits? who suffers? who decides?”

July 8th, 2011
Vincent Dauciunas, the newly elected OPALCO Board member, will present: Climate change and its implications for actions in San Juan County

“Global Climate change is now anticipated to bring significant changes to Washington State’s environmental, energy, and economic spheres. But what exactly are these changes? When will they occur, what form will they take? Many public and private agencies have been tasked with developing adaptation plans for an uncertain future. Vincent will summarize recent thinking about this critical issue based on publicly available documents from such sources as the Bonneville Power Administration, The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and several Puget Sound Governmental Agencies. He will present a best guess at what we might expect to see locally, how it might impact our life in the Islands, and present some ideas for actions that we as a community can take, in the form of a dialogue with the audience.”
You can download the presentation file.

September 1st, 2011
Doug Poole to present “Home Performance: A good first step in energy saving and reducing your carbon footprint”
DOUG POOLE of Sage Building Solutions describes what Home Performance is and how it is a critical step in reducing the impact of buildings on our limited energy resources. He then digs into the fundamentals of building science and its power to create healthy, money saving and comfortable homes. He covers both energy remodels (retrofit) and new construction. The session promises to be lively and interactive with many gadgets and demonstrations including a live Blower Door test.

You can download the presentation file.

 

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We’ll post the details on the next lecture on here. We welcome feedback and suggestions on topic of interest. Please write us.

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