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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

“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“Now that Middle River Power has withdrawn its intention to purchase the Navajo Generating Station, all attention should now be directed toward developing new economic opportunities that will support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


Test Driving A Chevy Bolt In Florida (… Or Not)

May 27th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

After chatting with a few satisfied new owners of the Chevy Bolt this month, I thought, perhaps it is time to try for a test drive again. Last year, I gave up exploring diverse comparisons to my much appreciated all-electric 2015 Nissan LEAF. I had a hard time finding a variety of EVs at dealerships. The only companies really offering them seemed to be BMW, Nissan, Chevy, Porsche, and Tesla. So, the test drive experience was short — I tried the Volt and the Prius Prime. There simply were not other EVs available for test drives in Sarasota, Florida


Transit Life Is Livelier & Safer

May 26th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Life in dense cities and larger urban areas is often space condensed. Every square foot counts. One realizes quickly that transit can be highly efficient in such places — you can much more quickly walk to a tram, subway, or electric bus; jump on; and get where you want to go than if you and everyone else had to drive through clogged traffic one car at a time


2½ Year Nissan LEAF Review

April 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Since the evening I leased a Nissan LEAF in 2015, my smooth experience of the Nissan LEAF has not changed


Can Kentucky Drive America’s Clean Transportation Future?

April 29th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

"The Ohio Valley has higher levels of pollution the same places where you have higher levels of mortality." This relationship holds true all over the world. These health problems are awakening people all over the world, such as Silicon Holler and a group of citizens with resolute energy driving cleantech change in Kentucky. 


Arctic Has Warmest Winter On Record

March 10th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Arctic winter comes and goes -- but ever so differently as warming trends prevail. Increasing temperatures and glacial caving continue as Mother Nature gets hotter — at the top of our world as elsewhere. James Balog has an immense range of visuals on this subject.


2018 Nissan LEAF — More Email Pitches, New Videos

February 23rd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Once again, via email, CleanTechnica found this week there is still a sale on the refreshed Nissan LEAF, which surpasses an old favorite (the first-generation LEAF) by leaps and bounds. Why wait


Children Need Zero-Emissions, Electric School Buses

February 5th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Children are everyone's hope for positive change. They are every country's most valuable resource. Children make life sparkle and remind one of the most meaningful parts of life. Perhaps that is one main reason why critical health issues for children are so heartbreaking. Those health issues seem all the more tragic when they come from decisions that humans didn't have to make, from not thinking through the options in the best overall way


New Nissan LEAF Named “World Car Of The Year” Finalist

February 1st, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

What happens when a loved and appreciated EV, the Nissan LEAF, is reinvented? What happens when the highest selling electric car in history gets considerably greater range, a hot new design, and additional advanced technologies? One thing that happens is the car — the new Nissan LEAF — is named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards



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