Cool Davis and our solar future

By From page A4 | September 04, 2013

I’d like someone to help me with some questions I have about the meager efforts of Cool Davis. How about getting real and going after grants or tax incentives to put solar projects on parking lots, rather than trying to enforce the (not very successful) ordinance of shading them with trees?

Getting rid of plastic bags is sort of touchy-feely, but won’t do much for the environment in the long run. The city of Davis also has the opportunity to wean itself of natural-gas heating of swimming pools with solar heating. Civic Pool’s office building is perfectly situated for a collector. There should be someone out there who would be willing to research getting money to do that. The “faux” solar collector at the pool in Community Park has never worked. Why was it built in the first place and why not now revise it and put it to good use?

I’m just a concerned citizen who sees lots of sun going to waste here and wonders why we aren’t doing more. Many parking lots have dead, dying and struggling trees, as well as poorly chosen species placed in them. It’s time the city paid attention to its surroundings in a meaningful way and really made an effort to call itself “Cool Davis.”

Judi Williams

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