Susan M. Casey

Freelance Writer

Susan Casey, author of "Women Heroes of the American Revolution," "Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors," and "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries that have Changed Our World," can be reached at or

Articles by Susan M. Casey

March 2012
“If you’re not in the room, why are the lights on?” my mom used to ask. These days, numerous initiatives, regulations and codes echo her sentiments. Who can argue with Mom? The call is being made not just to save on the family’s electric bill but also that of the city, state and nation. READ MORE
December 2011
“The lights, they are a changing,” to tweak a line from Bob Dylan. Current lighting trends, which are driven by the call for energy efficiency and advances in technology, are signs of an industry in flux. For instance, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures are improving and revolutionizing the marketplace. READ MORE
September 2011
Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed on Feb. 17, 2009, by President Obama, $787 billion in federal stimulus funds went to state and local governments and military bases. In San Diego, which became a major hub of military and defense activity during World War II, the stimulus funds financed alternative-energy installations at many of its bases. READ MORE
June 2011
“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W. READ MORE
June 2011
The solar-power industry faces many challenges, and not all of them are of the financial variety. For many of your customers, entering this unfamiliar territory can seem daunting and risky, which may be a burden on them. If you assume the role as their guide, you will find your business excelling in this growing industry. READ MORE
December 2010
Since the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in the Spanish city in 1997, crowds of tourists have flocked there. Most say they come to see the museum, hailed as the most important structure of its time. And many stay to shop and eat, generating millions in revenue for the town. Could a museum designed by a top architecture firm bring throngs to any city? READ MORE
December 2010
Santa Monica Place is one of the few shopping centers to open in the United States during 2010. And it’s quite a place! Does your local shopping mall have ocean and mountain views from rooftop restaurants and patio areas? Or valet parking? Or seating areas with designer chairs? READ MORE
October 2010
The final piece of LA Live is in place with the opening of the 54-story combined JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, hotels and Ritz-Carlton Residences, which is the first skyscraper built in downtown Los Angeles in two decades. READ MORE
August 2010
Downtown Los Angeles is coming to life! Five years ago, the area that is now LA Live was a parking lot for visitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center or the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks. Today, the area is a 27-acre entertainment complex with 5.6 million square feet of restaurants, bars, movie theaters, the Grammy Museum and the Nokia Theatre. READ MORE