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Bedbugs, now officially an epidemic!

I have written on this topic before and I was hopeful that science would have come up with a fairly simple answer to this age old problem.  However these pests seem to have joined drug resistant staph infections as things that have stumped science.

Now we are having Bed Bug Summits!  Actually the EPA had one last year (http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2009/bed-bug-summit.html) that completely slipped my notice.  This year Bed Bug University, wait there is a whole university dedicated to eradicating these pests?  Anyway they held a summit in Chicago this year and it attracted a whole lot of attention.

The official Site: http://www.nabedbugsummit2010.com/

Chicago Tribune: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-09-21/news/ct-talk-bed-bug-summit-20100921_1_bedbugs-dini-miller-tiny-pests

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30208436/

CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/21/earlyshow/contributors/susankoeppen/main6887137.shtml

Okay you get the idea.  These pests have been on the march for a couple of years now and it seems that we aren’t going to get  a chemical savior anytime soon.  Unless of course we make DDT legal again.  So we are in for a long frustrating battle that may only be in the end a holding action.  No one is really sure why the infestation is growing so rapidly but there are certainly those searching for solutions.

Let’s just hope they find some good ones soon….

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September 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm 1 comment

Housing California 2010 Day1

Hello everyone out there from rainy Sacramento California!  Today was day one of the annual conference about low income/special needs housing development.  It was a great day, except for the rain.

You can see the conference offerings here: http://www.housingca.org/events/annualconference/

Tomorrow we should have a great speaker and I will give you a post about the topic in the evening from the airport!

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April 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Housing California – Day 1

It was a great day yesterday with many wonderful sessions from policy and lobbying sessions to disaster preparedness.

My favorite was all of the great information on the Mental Health Services Act housing component (MHSA).  It is apparent from these sessions that this is a program still evolving although there are some very successful projects already in place and in process.

The agenda today, day 2 includes the current Sec. of  HUD! I am looking forward to that for sure.

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April 29, 2009 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

Housing California Conference, Sacramento – Next week!

As I realize that next week is the Housing California conference in Sacramento CA and it is also when I started this blog, writing my first few entries at the conference.

I will again be attending the conference and probably writing entries each day on topics I consider important  and I hope that you will all be interested with me.

For those of you who might be interested in attending here is the link for details about the event:

http://www.housingca.org/events/annualconference/

Although online registration is closed you can still walk in at the conference site at the Sacramento Convention Center.  Hope to see you there!

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April 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Solar Power Update 11/15/2008

Happy America Recycles Day!

There have been some good and some depressing announcements this week in the solar power arena.

Let’s start with the bad news first and get it out of the way. In an article on Cleantechnica.com (http://cleantechnica.com/2008/11/13/solar-stocks-plummet-despite-obama-victory/) the fact that depsite an Obama victory at the polls all of the solar energy stocks have plummeted along with the market.

Excerpt: “With Obama as President-elect, solar stock prices must be sky high at the moment, right? Wrong. If you look at the values of most stocks around election day, they did increase. This peak was short lived however for most solar companies and it was followed by a huge decline.

The other bad news comes from a study done by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego and covered on Greenbang.com (http://www.greenbang.com/6391/solar-panels-bad-for-global-warming/).

Excerpt: “The problem lies with NF3, or nitrogen trifluoride. You couldn’t find that gas in the atmosphere much just a few years ago, but now its concentrations are rising by 11 percent a year. Worst yet, it’s 17,000 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (and lasts five times longer).

Here is the link to the Scripps website for the release of the report: http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=933

Now on to the technology advances and other news.  First we have an announcement covered on Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/11/new-solfocus-concentrating-solar-photovoltaic-25-percent-efficiency.php) SolFocus announces a solar concentrating product that increases overall efficiency to 25%! There previous product only achieved a high of 18%.

Next we have a story about a manufacturer, Oerlikon Solar who has improved their thin film solar technology so that the overall efficiency is increased by 16% over similar technology. The article is here on Cleantechnica.com (http://cleantechnica.com/2008/11/14/breakthrough-zinc-oxide-process-increases-thin-film-solar-performance/).

Excerpt: ” So, why is this important? Well, thin film cells are typically a lot cheaper to produce than more common silicon solar cells, but often suffer from significantly lower conversion efficiencies. Oerlikon’s breakthrough moves us a lot closer to the day when thin film becomes more cost-effective than silicon-based panels – which could mean a dramatic rise in the adoption of solar power in homes and businesses.

Now we have another story about those overachieving folks in Dubai.  They have plans to build the world’s largest solar panel manufacturing plant there.  Amazing what all that oil money can do, isn’t it? The article is originally in the Khaleej Times (http://www.solartechnologies.net/g_khaleej_times-oct25.jpg) and commented on again at Cleantechnica.com (http://cleantechnica.com/2008/11/14/worlds-largest-solar-panel-manufacturing-plant-to-be-built-in-dubai/)

Excerpt: “Construction is to start in November, and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2010. The roughly 93 000 square meter manufacturing plant, Solar Technologies FZE, will be able to produce solar panels of up to 5.7 square meters.”

Lastly I have information on a webinar on small scale photovoltaic systems through the Leonardo Energy site: http://www.leonardo-energy.org/drupal/node/3901

Excerpt: “This introductory webinar explains how a small-scale photovoltaic system works, what is the most suitable solution in your case and, if it makes sense, how to start planning and building your installation.

After a briefing presentation, a case study will be presented using the RETScreen analysis software.

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November 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Green Building Conferences coming Soon!

Just a quick note about some upcoming conferences targeting green building.

First there is the Greenbuild International Conference in Boston, MA starting on November 19, 2008. This two day event features many good speakers and forums about green building topics and this years keynote speaker is Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The website for this event can be found here: http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/

If you can’t attend you can at least listen to the keynote via live streaming on the site.

Second is the AIGA Incite/Insight 2008  in Chicago, IL. on November 20, 2008. The theme is “Addressing the significance of green design”. The website for the show can be found here: http://www.aigachicago.org/node/3612

Although these are too far for me to visit I hope all who attend have a great time and learn much!

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November 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Concentrated Photovoltaics Summit USA 2009

Just a quick note to publicize an event that many may not know about.  The publicity release can be found here on Leonardo Energy: http://www.leonardo-energy.org/drupal/node/3872

Excerpt:

Begin date:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
End date:
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Venue:
Sheraton Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
Description:

Building on the huge success of our inaugural CPV Madrid summit attended by over 370 leading solar executives, CPV Today is pleased to present the Concentrated Photovoltaics Summit USA (www.cpvtoday.com/usa) This event will provide practical advice on how to roll out successful CPV projects. Whether you’re a major plant developer, a cell module or component manufacturer, or you offer products or services to the CPV industry, this event will provide you with the perfect meeting place to discuss the challenges and opportunities you’re facing directly with your peers. Read on to find out how to get involved in this world leading summit.

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November 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

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