When President Carter was in the White House promoting solar tax credits, Casey Coates Danson was a student of Environmental Design at Parsons in New York. Solar was a hot issue and a sensible solution to our polluting industrial society. Almost thirty years later we are still working hard to incorporate solar into our day-to-day lives.
In 1996 Ms. Danson founded Global Possibilities (GP), an environmental non-profit organization to encourage environmental stewardship through the increased use of solar energy in the U.S. to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and to mitigate climate change. Similar to the student that she was over 25 years ago, she immersed herself in research.
In 1997 Global Possibilities and UC Santa Barbara co-hosted the US Solar and Renewable Energy Policy Symposium entitled “The Back Burner Status of Solar” attended by leading experts from government, utilities, business and environmental organizations examining renewable energy markets, the current business climate, including transportation, land use planning and technology development. The final consensus among participants was the need for education and a common language.
GP continued hosting national and regional conferences for schools of architecture, planning and design, encouraging them to create sustainable design curriculum under the program the National Education Initiative for a Solar Future.
GP brought together 40 deans and chairs of architecture schools for their second annual symposium entitled “Rethinking Design Curriculum” held at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York City in conjunction with their Under the Sun Exhibit of Light. Summary documents of these and our subsequent symposium proceedings, including research and results, are available in PDF form on this website in the Educational Archives tab in the footer.
In partnership with the Environmental Media Association, GP also participated in public outreach through briefings for writers of film and TV to encourage them to include environmental messages in their programming.
GP worked with the California Energy Commission in creating the documentary “This Renewable House” for PBS, which aired on KCET –TV. Ms. Danson has also been interviewed on radio and TV — A&E’s House Beautiful, the Discovery Channel’s Healthy Homes, and several major feature articles in Natural Home magazine showcasing homes she designed with the environment in mind.
Danson also executive produced a one-hour award winning documentary film “Who’s Got The Power?” As a cogent, incisive documentary, filmed on three continents, Who’s Got The Power? examines some of the increasingly vital planetary issues of our day. Ms. Danson brilliantly presents us with a rare, optimistic and inspiring documentary on the subject of solutions to climate change.
She is currently in development of a second film “Why Now? Not Later!” which further illustrates our need to stop our denial about the wreckless use of our natural resources and our need to move at warp speed before we hit the tipping point of global climate change.
Powerful, enduring, reliable and accessible worldwide, the sun is our greatest energy resource. The sun’s solar energy can supplement or replace the limited and costly fossil fuels we now use, reduce our dependence on the utility grid, and stem the tide of global warming even if we accomplished that with one photovoltaic panel at a time.
Today, GP’s focus has expanded to a new blog-type website to get the message out to the world at large that our climate crisis is putting our home – planet earth and our way of life in peril and that we need to move at warp speed before we hit the tipping point of global climate change by all working together.