We recently asked CEC’s Staff, Board, and Partnership Council about their role as thought leaders in the Santa Barbara community, asking what books, articles, films, apps, podcasts, and other multimedia are influencing their work.
Today we’re hearing from Andrew, Kathi, Katie, and Michael. Stay tuned for the next installment of this series!
What we’re downloading…
|Board Member Andrew Lemert is in the process of purchasing a Chevy Volt and highly recommends the Recargo app for anyone who is a fan or user of electric vehicles. The app (and a user-friendly webpage) helps users find electric vehicle charging stations, check the charging status of the car, and download directions to the station directly to the car’s navigation system. Once he has bought the Volt, Andrew says he’ll be putting the app to use on a regular basis, but until then he considers himself “more of a fan or tourist than an avid user.”|
|CEC’s Donor Relations Manager Kathi King likes using the Environmental Working Group app “Dirty Dozen,” which helps shoppers reduce their exposure to pesticides as much as possible by determining which fruits and veggies are most important to buy organic. Having access to the 12 “dirtiest” produce items (those that tend to have the most exposure to pesticides) compared to the “Clean 15,” (the least pesticide-contaminated products) on her phone is “really convenient since it’s hard to remember all 27 items.”|
|CEC Transportation Manager Michael Chiacos, is excited about his recent pilot project, Smart Ride, which uses an app by Avego to help drivers and passengers find instant carpools via their smartphones. “Carpooling is the easiest way to reduce traffic congestion and pollution on our local streets, he says. With this easy-to-use app, commuters are able to connect instantly with people going in the same direction.|
|CEC Partnership Councilmember Katie Davis is using the Skeptical Science app for ready answers to climate change denial. Recently trained by Al Gore through his Climate Reality program, Katie now uses this app to readily access scientific answers to many common climate arguments. She also takes the California Tidepool app with her to the beach. It was created by local experts with the help of her team at Citrix, and helps users identify the creatures cruising around in the littoral zone.|