Hi everyone, my name is Patricia Kusumah! I’m a rising junior majoring in Architecture with a double minor in Sustainable Design and City & Regional Planning at the College of Environmental Design (CED).
Hello! My name is Reina Wang, and I am a rising sophomore studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In my free time, I like to play ping pong, explore new places (and try out new restaurants), and huddle up in a comfortable beanbag with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book.
My time as a Building Science Engineer in Program 204, Advanced Buildings at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) instilled in me many valuable lessons about this field. First, research requires one to challenge the canon.
Low-income (LI) and disadvantaged communities reside in a myriad of different housing structures, abide by different regulations placed by different entities, and require different energy-efficient solutions to contribute to the decarbonization movement.
Before I answer this question, it’s important to understand how low-income (LI) households are defined. There are two federal metrics on the least amount of income a person or family requires to meet their basic needs - poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines.
I write this after attending the Pathways to Decarbonization in the Western U.S. Symposium, co-hosted by EPRI, the California Energy Commission (CEC), UC Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute.
In the past few weeks, my main project workload has skyrocketed with internal meetings, data work in python/excel, and customer media design. Though it can be stressful at times, it’s nice to be busy and to feel a rhythm at work that I see in many of my coworkers.
Summer is quickly flying by and in addition to my customer touchpoint project, I have been working on a new side project from the Distributed Energy Resources department in Oregon on Community Solar (OCS)!
I kept trying to dig around to find what made Integral Group different. Attending GreenerBuilder 2019 in San Francisco made me realize why we are leading this Deep Green Movement: we are passionate storytellers and we are (damn) good at it.
It’s hard to believe that I’m already well into the last half of my time here at Carbon180! One of the reasons I feel like I haven’t been here very long at all is how much I still have left on my projects.
Well, this is it; this is my last blog. I’m going, to be honest, I had difficulty with this last project because it had a lot more depth than the previous project. It took a lot of code reading and examples to get where I ended up.
These past few weeks have been an interesting time for me. I finished programming the DC power supply to simulate a solar panel array using Matlab a couple of weeks back actually, I just forgot to write about it.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks here at Carbon180! My projects have been going well -- just about ready to present to my supervisor on whether or not Carbon180 as an organization should support the creation and sale of agricultural soil practices as offsets (short answer: nah).