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Join and Cheer: Zero-Emissions Race making a pit-stop at Caltech!

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The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles and Lucerne Business Development

Invite you to an electric vehicle showcase event on November 20, 2010 at Caltech marking the stop of the ZERO Emissions Race in Los Angeles.


The ZERO Emissions Race, under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and Cleantech Switzerland, began on August 16, 2010 at the United Nations Office in Geneva and continues for 80 days and passing through more than 16 countries and 150 cities to conclude on January 2, 2011 in Geneva.

Meet Louis Palmer, the brainchild behind the Zero Emissions Race and other experts and learn more about innovation for more efficient and sustainable mobility for the future.

Schedule for Saturday, November 20, 2010:

9:00 – 9:30am car viewing and networking
9:30 – 10:30am presentations
11:00am end of program

The Athenaeum at Caltech
551 South Hill Street
Pasadena, California (map: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/mdfw/map.pdf)

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November 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

San Dimas firm helped Swiss firm win X Prize

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The Swiss builders of a high-speed, high-tech electric vehicle today pocketed a $2.5 million share of the X Prize. That’s the annual award given to innovative “green” vehicle design. The Swiss entry got a charge from a San Dimas company that makes high-tech batteries.

The X Prize winner in the “alternative tandem” class is the E-Tracer – an odd little bubble vehicle designed by a former SwissAir pilot. The two-seater looks like a bumblebee motorcycle.

The electric-powered E-Tracer also gets the energy equivalent of 187 miles to the gallon thanks to a drive system built by AC Propulsion. The San Dimas firm wants to work out a deal with the Swiss designer to build 100 E-Tracers to sell in the U.S. next year.

Read the Full Article here

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September 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

Edition29: iPad Magazine par excellence…

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August 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

design*21 – Swiss Sustainable Architecture At Its Best!

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Design*21, founded in 2000, is an international renowned practice that provides full design, interior design, product and furniture design services for both public and private sectors.

The practice is committed to providing design of high quality that responds to its environment and addresses issues of context and sustainability.

Roger Kurath was educated in Switzerland and the USA and was working extensively in various offices in Europe before moving to Los Angeles. He won a series of national and international awards for design excellence. The work of Design*21 is regularly published in magazines, newspapers and books in the USA and Switzerland.

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August 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm

LA County Energy Retrofit Program – stay tuned…

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There have been delays in rolling out the “PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing Program” that was supposed to help LA Homeowners Retrofit their homes to Alternative Energy sources. In fact, it appears as if financing for this program has been halted, because Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac announced they would not take on Mortgages with PACE-Financed Liens. This is currently being fought by Atty. General Jerry Brown, who sued in Federal Court to be able to resume this valuable tool to improve energy efficiency and jump-start sustainable energy alternatives in California.

To learn more about how to retrofit your home or business, check out this site, offering group purchasing options involving solar installations.

The PACE initiative was the key element unveiled during May’s Sustainability Summit, an event with Swiss Government participation, with Keynote Speaker Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

PACE Financing is the key to a widespread single-family home implementation of alternative energy solutions.

Switzerland’s Cleantech know-how will hopefully pay an important role in this transformation in making LA among the world’s foremost sustainable Meteopolis’…

Ambitious, but not impossible… Remember Mr, Villaraigosa’s words “LA is a City of Dreamers and a City of Doers”…

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August 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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