The folks at Californians for Alternatives to Toxics operate out of a "green" world headquarters in Eureka, CA. Even the 105-year-old building that houses CATs has been restored with recycled and non-toxic materials. Among the virtues are:
Solar Roof: See the information below about this state-of-the-art roof that generates so much energy that our meter often runs backwards.
Permeable Pavement: Our parking lot is paved with grass, which allows water to percolate down through the soil rather than off into Humboldt Bay.
Energy Conservation: Super low-energy, full-spectrum, long life fluorescent lighting throughout.
Paperless Office: With a 95% paperless library and 90% paperless bookkeeping, we’re saving trees. We only use recycled paper for all newsletters and publications.
Recycled Goods: We recycle and reuse almost everything, from tech equipment to vintage furniture.
Native Plants: We’re landscaping with natives, creating habitat for birds, bees, newts and other local wildlife.
Climate Change: As part of a worldwide network harnessing 43,750 personal computers; our computers have worked 24/7 since 2002 analyzing data on global warming. For more info, see www.climateprediction.net
Cutting the Commute: Most of our meetings are conducted via phone conference as CATs continues its efforts to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
Come visit our eco-friendly office at 315 P Street in Eureka.
The Californians for Alternatives to Toxics office in Eureka is also home to the latest advance in solar electricity generation: A solar roof!
CATs' high-tech roof is the first in California, and only the second of it's kind in the nation. What makes it unique is that the solar panels are also the roofing material.
Unlike typical solar installations of individual panels held on brackets, flexible strips of bonded steel and silicone were adhered to the roof deck. The strips were joined with battens and edging, then wired to an inverter. The electricity they produce feeds into the grid, running CATs' meter backwards even on cloudy days. The panels also keep the weather out of the building.
Manufactured by Uni-Solar, these solar panels are unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing. Most people haven't a clue there's anything unusual about the CATs roof until it's pointed out to them.
Manufacturer Uni-Solar, which discounted the panels to CATs, pioneered the technology at its plant in Wisconsin. Funding for the project was provided by a California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research grant.
The CATs solar roof was installed by Roger, who also arranged the Uni-Solar donation and California Energy Commission grant. For more information, visit the CATs office or contact Roger at (707) 822-6508.
Text transcription of the KMUD radio interview [link]