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About Cynthia Shahan

Cynthia Shahan Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

Tesla Shuttle From Sarasota To Tampa Airport — Like Dr. Who’s TARDIS #Infinite

December 2nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I flew out of Tampa airport recently. To travel to Tampa from Sarasota, we chose zero-emissions transport. It was the longest experience I've had in a Tesla Model 3. Booking a shuttle service to the airport, I was not thinking futuristic travel. I was thinking of the time, convenience, and zero emissions. Yet, it seemed to feel the most futuristic of all my experiences in Tesla vehicles. (It was my second time in the back seat of the Model 3, and I've spent many times in the back seat of a Tesla Model S.)


EV Battery Recycling & Reuse, Electric Buses In Extreme Climates, UAE “On The Cusp Of An Electric Boom” … #Intersolar ME Q&A

November 22nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Ben Pullen, the managing director of Global EVRT, led a rousing day of informative e-mobility talks for the first ever e-mobility session at Intersolar Middle East last year. It culminated in questions from the audience. This question & answer session followed presentations on the accelerating transition to electric vehicles, the power of inflection points, sustainable cities, and more


Inflection Points & True Leadership In The EV Revolution — CleanTechnica At #Intersolar Middle East

November 19th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

This presentation — video and text summary below — is not the freshest one from CleanTechnica Director Zach Shahan. However, it is as relevant today as when the presentation was delivered live in Dubai, UAE, last year. Furthermore, at ~25 minutes, it is a bit longer than a typical presentation, which provides more room to run somewhat deeply and broadly into the topics. The downside of the presentation, Zach notes, is that he was horribly sick for a week or two leading into this


City Planning Rock Star Janette Sadik-Khan Talks Urban Planning Leadership — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 4th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Janette Sadik-Khan is a top rock star in the world of city planning. She led NYC's recent transportation transformations under Mayor Bloomberg. In the interview, Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica's director and chief editor, returns to his roots as he interviews Janette Sadik-Khan and talks urban transport leadership. Zach's master's degree was in city and regional planning (from UNC-Chapel Hill). UNC–Chapel Hill was ranked the #1 grad school in the nation for his specialization the year he graduated. The pair, on the same page, were brought together by Autonomy


NIU, “The Tesla Of Electric Scooters” — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 4th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, director & chief editor here at CleanTechnica, interviewed NIU International Director Joseph Constanty at Autonomy in Paris last year. Below is a rundown of the high-quality connected scooter company, the "Tesla of electric scooters." NIU is reportedly the world's top selling smart electric scooter globally


Google’s Renewable Energy Leadership (#CleanTechnica Interview)

October 28th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, Director & Chief Editor here at CleanTechnica, recently congratulated and interviewed Joseph Kava of Google after they won the Large Corporation Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Google won for its leadership in the green, sustainable, “circular economy," as Joseph Kava put it. Kava is President of Data Centers at Google


Sunna Design — Solar & Energy Leadership In Developing Countries, 2018 ZFEP Winner (#CleanTechnica Interview)

October 28th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, Director & Chief Editor at CleanTechnica, recently interviewed Thomas Samuel, founder of Sunna Design, a 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) winner. Every prize is a sweet acknowledgment of leadership in sustainable development and deep humanitarian efforts. Sunna is a kind business that brings light to undeveloped countries. It brings not only streetlights but also "nano grids" where energy is nonexistent or scarce. The interview is a fresh exchange between two young, inspired fathers who are successfully supporting sustainability goals in different ways


WAU — Feature-Packed Smart Electric Bike

October 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Kudos to another creative pair behind a new electric bike, their team of experts, and their WAU bike. What jumped out at me in watching the following video of the feature-packed eBike, which highlights dozens of wonderful features, was the nighttime lights. Very safe, widely visible, and even indicating braking. Every bicycle needs such lights


“It’s Not Fear That Should Drive Us To Act, It’s Love” — Interview With Susan Kucera, Director Of Living In The Future’s Past

September 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I spoke with documentary filmmaker Susan Kucera about her recent film Living in the Future's Past, an artistic collaboration with Jeff Bridges and a tapestry of experts on planetary well-being, science, evolution, emergence, energy, psychology, and more. Do watch and listen. Nature changes, our small planet changes, humans, ecosystems, environment, and animals also change — and adapt. Do we humans have the swift adaptation skills necessary for a massive climatic disruption


Shift In Navajo Country As Coal Plant That Navajo Community Doesn’t Want Is Dropped

September 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

“Now that Middle River Power has withdrawn its intention to purchase the Navajo Generating Station, all attention should now be directed toward developing new economic opportunities that will support the plant workers, the mine workers, and the Tribes that had grown overly dependent on coal revenue,” said Percy Deal, local Navajo Nation resident


Katherine Lucey — CEO & Founder of Solar Sister — Talks Last-Mile Solar Revolution (#CleanTechnica Video)

September 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, director & chief editor here at CleanTechnica, earlier this year spoke to Katherine Lucey, CEO & Founder of Solar Sister, after the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony. He inquired, "What can you say about what inspired you to start Solar Sister? And has it grown as you expected or has it been different than you expected?"


Microlino — In 1955, An Italian Guy Had An Idea. It’s Now Revived & Improved!

September 18th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

This video below brightened my morning as it showcased the sweet adventure of Microlino, a small three-wheeled EV. I don't like long cars, space-grabbing cars. I love the perky older style of the Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3 — electric cars that others call funny looking. I guess they will have a field day with this young one. Check it out


Largest Electric Bus Order In Canada — New Flyer Wins Contract For 40 Electric Buses In Montréal & Laval

September 15th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I enjoyed a ride on the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ electric bus thanks to the Sierra Club a couple of years ago. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority was collaborating with the Sierra Club on demos of future bus investments. The benefits of 100% electric transit are varied — they significantly limit toxic fumes and dirty particulates, the reduces headaches and asthma as a result, they're quieter and comfier thanks to the smooth electric powertrain, and they eliminate reliance on expensive gasoline and diesel fuel


Navajo Group Travels To NYC To Protest Private Equity Firm Takeover Of Largest Coal Plant In Western US

September 11th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

CleanTechnica received the following email press release from Refugio Mata yesterday morning. In the afternoon, I had the fortune of speaking to Nicole Horseherder, Executive Director of the Navajo environmental group To Nizhoni Ani. Nicole says the coal plant they are protesting has led to air and water pollution as well as health consequences for her neighbors


Ron Corio & The Solar Engineers Leading Array Technologies (#CleanTechnica Exclusive, Part 1)

August 19th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I enjoyed a group of refreshing high-energy people in presentations, lunches, dinners, and solar power plant tours for a few days last week. It lifted my energy in a number of ways. I liked learning about the nuts and bolts of advanced solar power systems -- that was part of it. The positive, engaging conversations with smart and oh so lively solar engineers set my standards for dinner companions up a notch. Maybe I like hearing people mention algorithms quite often. I plan to follow this piece with a few more technological posts, but this first one is about solar engineers, the people behind the technology


My First ProPILOT Experience, + Comparing The 2018 Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, & BMW i3

August 18th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

As we turned out of the dealership for my second 2018 Nissan LEAF test drive, I touched the ProPILOT Assist button. That little press of the button put me on high alert. Yes, that is the opposite of what it is for --- but with self-driving technologies, don't we all have nervous beginnings? It is my first time driving towards our autonomous future, the future that I seem to read about several times a week now


Autonomous Driving Forecasts & Challenges — Interviewing BNEF’s Head of Intelligent Mobility (#CleanTechnica Video)

August 12th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica Director & Chief Editor, conducted a brief interview with Ali lzadi-Najafabadiat, Head of Intelligent Mobility at BNEF, at The Mobility Conference — a conference earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, UAE, organized by Global EVRT, CleanTechnica, and Masdar. The interview brings us some highlights about and insights into our autonomous future


2018 Chevy Bolt Seems A Fine Fit For Mountain Exploring & Other Edge Cases

July 14th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I finally got a call to come and test drive the 2018 Chevy Bolt. It was worth the wait. I enjoyed the dynamic little EV. I prefer small cars in general — something to take you where you need to go without a lot of space grabbing. The Bolt fit the bill and at the same time seemed to offer enough all-electric car advantages to genuinely consider it


Plug In America & Sierra Club Release The AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies To Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 2nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I drive in one of the best cities in Florida for EV charging infrastructure. Still, there are gaps. Along with education to the public that demystifies electric cars and EV charging, we must dispel many misleading myths. As clean air advocates, we need to work for change in our local communities and states. Plug In America and the Sierra Club have made that a bit easier to actualize. They released the AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption toolkit. This policy guide details the most effective policies for growing the electric vehicle (EV) market at the state, city, and local levels



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