Steadying the Three-Legged Table – August 25, 2013
[This will be the last post at State College Energy Sovereignty for a while; I’m taking time off to recover from burnout.]
Smita Bharti recently submitted paperwork to form a nonprofit organization – called CommunityWise – mainly to handle the money that’s been donated to the Stop the Pipeline project from Highlands neighbors. She’s hoping to use the organization as a mechanism to give a new and strong voice to residents during municipal decision-making on issues like the Downtown Master Plan and other high-impact programs – providing a stabilizing fourth leg on the table whose other three legs include:
Smita also has a friend who was part of the Tin Mountain Renewable Energy Initiative, modeled on the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, a program based in Plymouth New Hampshire. Smita writes: “It would be fun to start this here in State College, and perhaps partner with the Transition Town State College people to see where they stand.”
OCTOBER 18 – 21 – Major Youth Climate Conference in Pittsburgh
Powershift 2013 is being held in Pittsburgh, PA October 18-21. Powershift is a large (10,000+) youth climate conference that brings in activists from around the country.
KEY DATA & PLANNING DOCUMENTS FOR EASY REFERENCE
- Shale & Wall Street (2013 Report by Deborah Rogers)
- Drill Baby Drill (2013 Report by J. David Hughes)
- Resolution 944 – Designates State College as a Climate Protection Community and includes specific climate change impact reduction targets and dates
- 1997 – 2012 – PSU Fuel Use Data
- 2003-2012 – PSU Steam Spreadsheet
- 2006 Centre Region Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, by Yarnal, etc.
- 2006 Nagle Report
- 2006 Nagle Presentation
- 2007 State College Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Action Plan, by Yarnal, etc.
- 2010 State College Mitigation Options – Summary
- 2010 State College Mitigation Options – Detailed
- 2010 Centre Region Greenhouse Gas Inventory Presentation
- 2012 – PSU Rolling Monthly Energy Consumption Data
- 2013 – PSU OPP Miller Moser Presentation
- 4.1.13 Matt Dahlhausen Report, including Building Analysis
- 4.24.13 Oil Price Projections (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 GHGEmissionFactors (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Gas Price Projections (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Financial Ground Source Heat Pump & Cogeneration (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Financial Coal to Gas (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Energy Use Forecast Ground Source Heat Pump & Cogeneration (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Energy Use Forecast Coal to Gas (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Electric Price Projections (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Coal Price (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Carbon Allowance (Dahlhausen)
- 4.24.13 Carbon Price (Dahlhausen)
- Dahlhausen Presentation on PA Household Energy Conservation
- Dahlhausen Checklist on PA Household Energy Conservation
House Bill 61 – to extend the provisions of the state open public records law to state-related universities (including Penn State) was tabled by the state House on June 17, 2013.
Also, here’s the final determination on the Right to Know appeal I filed with the Office of Open Records regarding public access to PUC project review documents. It’s quite dull – just legal language for “No, you can’t read the documents, because we said so.”
- 6.13.13 RTK Appeal (Watt to PA OOR)
- 6.26.13 PUC RTK Appeal Response – (PUC to PA OOR)
- 6.26.13 Watt Affidavit to PA-OOR.
MAINSTREAM – Penn State’s Sustainability E-Newsletter
What do the spray-painted markings on the street mean?
Since residents are now alert to indications of impending street work, here’s a list of what the different spray paint colors mean (courtesy of Theresa Lafer via the Highlands Civic Association list-serve):
- Blue = drinking water lines
- Yellow = gas, oil, steam
- Red = electric power lines, cables
- Green = sewer and drain Lines
- Orange = communication, alarm, signal lines
- White = proposed excavation