Decarbonizing Our Future with Better Buildings

In support of the City of San Luis Obispo’s carbon neutrality goal and possible adoption of a de-carbonizing reach code, the San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition cordially invites city residents and the interested public to an evening of events focused on de-carbonization and electrification, Thursday, August 22, 2019.

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Mike Horgan, from the SLO Climate Coalition points out, “In California, homes and buildings are responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions statewide, around two-thirds of which comes from burning fossil fuels such as natural gas and propane for space heating, hot water and cooking. In San Luis Obispo, building energy use accounted for approximately 40% of all emissions in 2016, and natural gas accounted for over half of those emissions. We felt we needed a way to inform our community about options for reducing the ongoing contribution of our buildings to climate change.”

The first program is a panel discussion on Building De-carbonization with nationally recognized leaders that will take place from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the San Luis Obispo Library Community Room and will be moderated by Denise Dudley.

Panelists will include:

  • Bronwyn Barry, Board Chair of the North American Passive House Network

  • Pierre Delforge, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council

  • John Neal, Director of Technical Services at The Association for Energy Affordability

  • Hannah Kaye, Expert Product Manager-Grid Edge, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

This discussion will provide attendees an opportunity to learn from experts about the benefits of electric appliances and equipment, and ask panelists questions of their own.

The second event is a Building Technology Expo which will take place from 6:00 to 9:00pm and will be held on Morro St. during the SLO Farmer’s Market. The Expo will feature distributors and manufacturers showcasing various technologies including:

  • electric heat pump hot water and space heaters

  • induction stoves

  • whole house batteries

  • sustainable building materials

This Expo is intended to provide Farmer’s Market attendees the opportunity to see real equipment and appliances in-use and in-person and ask questions directly of manufacturers. Design and building professionals are encouraged to attend.

For more information, see the event website: carbonfreeslo.org