Upcoming Events

  • Sun, Sep 21:Peoples Climate March, New York City
  • Fri, Sep 26 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:Nancy LaPlaca, "What's Up with Solar in North Carolina"
  • Sat, Oct 4 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:Workshop With Piedmont Wildlife Center
  • Fri, Oct 10 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:Showingof film "Bringing It Home"
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Renewable Energy Seminar (w/ NCSSM)

CommunEcos members Anthony Watts led a collaboration in 2011-2012 with NCSSM to develop a Renewable Energy Education Seminar.  Sandy Smith-Nonini was also a speaker in the series, held on 11 Thursday afternoons in spring 2012, which included lectures and labs conducted by NCSSM teachers, community experts and entreprenuers in renewable energy as well as offsite field trips to relevant facilities. Themes included the need for alternative energy (on limits of fossil fuels and the problem of global warming) by Sandy Smith-Nonini; fundamentals of energy, work and power,  (Gabriela Stefan); Basic electricity (Stefan and Steve Mann);   Solar Photovoltaics (Stefan, Grant Means, Dahl Winters, Marion Brisk, Courtney Hadsell), Solar Thermal (Steve Mann), Fuels cells, batteries and hydrogen power (Brisk), and Wind Energy (Bob Mitchell).

The series was videotaped by the NCSSM distance learning department for use in NC high schools, and is available on You Tube.