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* SCC Lecture Series Includes Earth Day Pioneer

The acknowledged Father of Earth Day, Denis Hayes, turns his attention from the natural environment to the built environment as part of a four-part lecture series at Shoreline Community College.


“Denis was the coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970,” said Mike Nelson, director of SCC’s nationally recognized renewable energy program.  “To have his voice in this new frontier of sustainability in the environment we build for ourselves is extremely important.”



The series, “Energy in the Built Environment,” is the brainchild of


The “Energy in the Built Environment” lecture series is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please go to to RSVP. A copy of the RSVP will serve as attendees’ campus parking permit for the evening. Each session will start at 7 p.m. in the SCC PUB Main Dining Room. To receive college credit for the series and related work, please go to:

Nelson, who is also executive director of the NW Solar Center and a Washington State University professor. Each lecture will actually include two presenters with a moderator for a discussion period.


“The idea is to get two key players in various aspects of the current energy debate and hear what they have to say about the issues of the day,” Nelson said. “Then, we’ll have time to discuss and answer questions.”


Nelson said the series will be a unique opportunity for the audience as well as the presenters to have these discussions. “These are people who don’t often get a chance to speak with each other, to see the other’s perspective,” Nelson said. “These lectures will add to the knowledge base, not just spread it.”


To that point, the series is also the centerpiece of a four-credit class in SCC’s Zero Energy Technology Program. “We’re expanding the program and this series is a new piece,” he said.


All lectures in the series will start at 7 p.m. in the SCC Building 9000 (PUB) Main Dining Room The series will include:


April 9 – “Two Views: 50,000 Feet and Ground-Level”

-         Dennis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation

-         Stan Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council


April 16 – “Three-Legged Stool: Public Policy/Public

-         Bert Gregory, Mithun Architects

-         K.C. Golden, NW Climate Connections


April 23 – “The Road Ahead: Energy Strategies and the Built 

-         Tom Eckman, Conservation Resources, NW Power and Conservation Council

-         Tom Starrs, American Solar Energy Society


April 30 – “David and Goliath: Residential Solar and Regional
              Power Production"                            

-         Terry Oliver, Bonneville Power Administration

-         Gary Shaver, Silicon Energy, LLC

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