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PortraitPortraitAlan Mendoza is an incoming forth year Nuclear Engineering student at UC Berkeley.
Alan is also a summer Life Cycle and Data Analysis intern at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at UC Berkeley.
Alan is concentrating on calculating GHG mitigation measures needed to reduce GHG impacts.

What's up with all those green building certification schemes?

Many green building or certification schemes have cropped up internationally over the past couple decades as environmental awareness continues to grow. People have come to realize that buildings contribute a very substantial amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are trying to decrease building impacts on the environment through various green standards that address different aspects of a building’s ecological footprint.

Welcome to the CoolClimate Blog!

This blog is a platform for members of this lab to note their favorite resources, comment on relevant events and share some of our discoveries. It was started to allow our lab interns to share their experiences working for the lab, both allowing them to note their discoveries and challenges people doing this work face. We hope you find it useful. Please feel free to contact us with information you would like to see in the future.

To Drive or Not to Drive

So the other day I was driving home from work at Newark. It was one of those many days where thousands of drivers were helplessly trapped in the traffic, tapping their fingers on their car doors, and saw the Bart train swiftly passed by. We patiently sit there, not willing to scroll down our windows because all we would get is nasty smell from gasoline combustion from all the running vehicles surrounding you. Your foot mind-numbingly goes left and right from the brake and the accelerator only to wish you’re on that Bart train.

GIS: OpenGeo Simplified!

Maps...seem simple enough right? Well, not exactly. My previous exposure to maps was more or less restricted to the user side of things. Google Maps and Bing Maps were the only things I knew of in terms of online visualizations of spatial data.
     Google Maps and Bing Maps are web mapping services that allows for a simple base map to be available to the average      user of spatial services so that simple one-layer data can be seen.


Steven is a student at UC Berkeley with an intended major in Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP). Steven is particularly interested in how climate change affects developing nations and economies, particularly in urban areas. In addition, he is interested in climate change’s impact on the health of the world’s oceans. As a fundraising intern, Steven helps secure the support and contributions the CoolCalifornia Challenge needs to be most successful.

Making a Drupal Site

Note: I am still in the process of learning this, so I will update this blog post as I go.

What is Drupal?

Challenges in gathering data

CCN researchers are actively looking into creating carbon calculators for other countries, hoping to establish them with the same level of detail as the one we have for United States created by the CoolClimate Network.

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