October 2020 Newsletter

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HASLC Recognized for its Green Initiatives

Rocky Mountain Power, the predominant utility in Utah, awarded their ‘Multifamily Partner of the Year 2020’ award to the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC). This award recognizes a multifamily property owner who has made a significant impact to reduce their energy load. Daniel Nackerman, Executive Director, HASLC, accepted the award for their efforts to minimize the cost of utility bills for their low-income tenants while reducing their carbon footprint, and for constructing all-electric very high-efficiency buildings, such as Pamela’s Place Apartments.

For the award presentation, click here, and for the acceptance speech, click here.


In ‘Strongest’ Climate Ruling Yet, Dutch Court Orders Leaders to Take Action

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Friday ordered the government to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by the end of 2020. It was the first time a nation has been required by its courts to take action against climate change.

Because of climate change, “the lives, well being and living circumstances of many people around the world, including in the Netherlands, are being threatened,” Kees Streefkerk, the chief justice, said in the decision. “Those consequences are happening already.”

For the full story, click here.


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ICAST Adds New Advisory Board Members


ICAST has added one new member to our Advisory Board (Debbie Campbell, Executive Vice President, Affordable Housing Solutions, X-Caliber Capital). ICAST also added two new members to our Solar Advisory Board (J.W. Postal, founder and CEO, Nikola Power and Michelle Zimmerman, head of US Development for Lightrock Power). And the two new members of our Heat Pump Advisory Board are Anthony Bouza, Technology Manager, U.S. DOE and Dr. Moncef Krarti, Professor, Building Systems Program, Engineering School, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. We welcome these new members and look forward to seeing the positive impact they make on ICAST and the communities we serve.

For a full list of our Advisory Board members, click here.


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Storing Electrical Energy in Red Bricks – Walls Could Act As Huge Batteries


Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Brick has been used in walls and buildings for thousands of years, but rarely has been found fit for any other use. Now, chemists in Arts & Sciences have developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks” that can store energy until required for powering devices.

For the full story, click here.


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