Crash Course Series in Sonora, California

By j_d on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 - 9:00pm
FoCuS Sustainable Living Series
Tuolumne County Fire and Ambulance Station

Striker Court off Tuolumne Road

Standard, California

Saturdays:  February 20, February 27, March 6, and March 13, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm PST

Presented by Cooper J. Kessel

This seminar is presented in a four-part series and is based on the works of Chris Martenson, whose background as a research scientist led him to explore the inner workings of America’s financial system and resource base.


By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand why our economic system is having difficulties
  • Know the relationship of fossil fuels to your future prosperity
  • Put environmental and climate change issues in perspective
  • Have a basic framework for taking action


  • The creation of money and how the Federal Reserve System functions
  • The exponential growth function and how it relates to your life
  • The economy and your prosperity
  • The role energy plays in our quality of life
  • Dealing with the issues facing us in the next twenty years
  • Developing an action plan for yourself, your family and our community
  • Differentiating between independence and dependence and the pursuit of happiness

Often a person will have difficulty getting into action regarding solutions while they are dealing with the emotions prior to acceptance. Having accepted a particular problem or predicament one can then begin applying the human creative potential toward its solution or outcome. May the force be with you all! 

Cooper J. Kessel



Architect/Business Owner


Bachelor of Architecture 

California State Polytechnic University, 

San Luis Obispo, California 


While studying architecture at CalPoly University in San Luis Obispo, Cooper recognized that man has a responsibility to consider his impact on the environment.   As his Senior Project, he and two fellow students developed the curriculum for and taught a class on “Environmental Awareness” which subject was not widely recognized as being something relevant to the needs of the time. 

Following his graduation in 1972, Cooper moved back to Sonora and worked in his father’s building design company, but found it difficult to find a market for his passion, the design of solar, energy efficient homes.  By 1973 the Oil Embargo had occurred and people were, for the first time, becoming aware that there could be problems securing the resources they needed to live in traditional homes.  Cooper decided to get involved in construction so he could experiment with different design solutions on his own projects, and after having built his first passive solar design, and his own home, he obtained his General Building Contractor’s license in 1977.  At that time he began providing design/build services for residential clients interested in solar and energy efficient homes and eventually earned his registration as an Architect in 1984.  Now, he was able to expand his design/build services to include commercial projects, and named his newly incorporated business, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY DESIGNS, INC.  He then established COOPER KESSEL, Architect & Associates and A.E.D. CONSTRUCTION as the separate business divisions that provide each portion of the design/build service. 


NCARB Cert. #44101 

Architect, State of California - #C-14839 

California General Building Contractor - #B-337107


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 

American Institute of Architects 

Northern California Solar Energy Association 

American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter - Board Member 

Cal Poly Alumni Honor Roll 

Scarab Honorary Scholastic Fraternity 

Tuolumne County Transportation Committee - Chairperson

Summerville High Foundation – Board Member 

There is a charge for each of the Sustainable Seminar classes, to cover the costs associated with the programs and to fund future FoCuS program activities.

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