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* Energy in the Built Environment off to a good start

More than 100 people met in the Student Union Building at Shoreline Community College on Thursday, April 9 to listen to solar energy experts share their knowledge and expertise at the first of four lectures in the series, “Energy in the Built Environment.” Goran Bye, former CEO, REC Silicon, who has overseen silicon production around the world and Stan Price, Putnam Price Group, who has more than 20 years experience in design and management of resource efficiency program presented “Two Views:  50,000 Feet and Ground-Level.”  The audience represented both industry and community.


The series runs on Thursday evenings throughout the month with lectures beginning at 7 p.m. in the PUB, the student union building at the college. 


The series continues April 16 with the lecture, “Three-Legged Stool: Public Policy/Public Spaces/Planning,” presented by Bert Gregory, president and CEOMIKE, GORAN BYE & STAN PRICE.jpg of Mithun, a leader in resource sensitive and sustainable design, and Policy Director for Climate Solutions, K.C. Golden, who helped shape policies for Seattle and the state of Washington.  


Tom Eckman, manager of Conservation Resources for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Terry Oliver, chief technology/innovation officer for the Bonneville Power Administration, and Tom Starrs, CEO of Solar Energy Ventures, LLC, take on energy conservation and solar energy business development at “The Road Ahead: Energy Strategies and the Built Environment” at the April 23 lecture. 


The final lecture, “David and Goliath: Residential Solar and Regional Power Production,” on April 30 brings the “Father of Earth Day,” and President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes to the college.  Hayes was instrumental in the shaping of the environmental movement.  Director of Operations at Silicon Energy, LLC, Gary Shaver, who is leading the way in design and production of solar modules, is also on the agenda that evening.


The lecture series is the brainchild of Mike Nelson, executive director of the NW Solar Center at Shoreline Community College.


“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.”


The series is 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.


For more information about the series, please check out the web site at:


The lectures are free but registration is requested. To register, please go to: 


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                                                                         Donna Myers/SCC

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