Solar C³ITIES in the news!

Solar CITIES in National Geographic

Solar CITIES Zabaleen project on National Public Radio, Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen

Solar CITIES Al Azhar Park/Darb Al Ahmar project on National Public Radio, Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen

Solar CITIES featured in Sun and Wind Energy Magazine

Solar CITIES in the UCLA Graduate Quarterly Magazine

Solar CITIES "Uber den Dachern von Kairo" in Papyrus Magazine

Solar CITIES as External Collaborators with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

T.H. Culhane's experiments at the L.A. Ecovillage and in South Central L.A. ghettoes on "Living on Earth" with Alan Weisman

T.H. Culhane's renewable energy work at the L.A. Ecovillage in the Christian Science Mointor

Daily Bruin Article on off-grid UCLA student T.H. Culhane asking California governor's aid, Woodrow Clarke, why renters don't qualify for solar rebates

Egypt, Energy and The Environment, Chapter 8: Solar Energy in Egypt: A Question of Behavioral Economics? AUC Press

A list of Press Materials on Solar CITIES

Turning Waste into Energy at Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Global collaboration and partnerships in response to the Syrian refugee crisis at CGI

New York, NY: At the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Solar C3ITIES committed to installing two biogas hubs and educating 50 new biogas technicians and closed-loop farmers in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp over the next three years. The biogas hubs will turn food and animal wastes into clean and safe fuel and fertilizer, while eliminating pathogens that cause illness and attract disease-carrying animals. The hubs will provide access to energy and opportunities for residents to learn, share and implement clean and renewable energy solutions within Zaatari, with future plans to expand to Greece, Lebanon and Turkey. The biogas technicians will become micro-waste management experts and closed-loop farmers will gain income by building farm and community-scale biodigesters, selling the fertilizer and biogas, and working with Solar CITIES to schedule a series of workshops with local community members to scale biodigester construction. Increased access to renewable energy will reduce fossil fuel usage and indoor air pollution while controlling rodent and insect populations by better managing food waste at its source, ultimately impacting more than 11,000 residents and saving more than 100,000 KwH of energy.

Jordanian Queen Rania Al-Abdullah attended the Plenary Session: Succeeding in the World's Toughest Places at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Monday (19 September) stating “Remember that no one chooses to be a refugee, a refugee is something you become when you run out of choices. Most leaders are stuck in a linear mode of thinking or are concerned with short-term politics that they don’t think of the disruptions of the world. At the end of the day it is about people and values... putting people front and centered to be empowered. We can all do something for refugees.” Partnering with Solar C3ITIES to meet this commitment are UNICEF, Foam Tech Insulation Services, HomeBiogas Israel, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Blueprint for Survival, Tamera ecoVillage, Schools for Sustainability.

Solar C3ITIES will host educational seminars and classes, creating a curriculum that will enable its members to teach refugees how to use and teach local community/municipal members to scale expanded construction and build/install biodigesters in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels.