During my talk to the Shelby 912 Group I mentioned how the University of North Carolina host’s an internet listserv called GreenGov which allows for an extraordinary level of coordination and communication for bureaucrats within the NC governmental system concerning sustainable development projects. The particular example I cited in my talk demonstrated how NCDENR was using the listserv to promote an EPA program.
The example below clearly shows how ICLEI has now also been given access to the UNC ListServ to promote the fact they have been chosen by the Department of Energy to help NC communities go solar.
GREENGOV Digest for Friday, March 18, 2011.
Subject: WORKSHOP – Getting Started with Solar in Your Community”
From: “Cyrus Bhedwar” email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:10:03 -0400
Solar America Communities Workshop at SOLAR 2011
Register now for the Solar America Communities workshop at SOLAR 2011! The
free workshop, “Getting Started with Solar in Your Community,” will take
place from 8am-4pm on Tuesday, May 17th in Raleigh, NC.
The workshop will focus on important concepts related to residential and
commercial solar installations and how to create a local-level solar program
and install solar on municipal and other community facilities. In the
afternoon, you will network with industry representatives to explore the
development of solar projects.
The workshop has four central objectives:
* Develop a common vocabulary and understanding of solar technologies
* Examine the benefits of and barriers to solar installations in local
* Learn what steps a community can take to go solar
* Find out where to go for more information on a range of topics, including
technologies, installation, and financing
To register for the free workshop, contact Anna Read at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solar America Communities is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program
designed to increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities
across the United States. The International City/County Management
Association and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA were selected
by DOE to assist local governments throughout the U.S. implement best
practices and accelerate the adoption of solar energy.
It is also NOT a coincidence that Cyrus is involved…Gaspee reported months ago that Atlanta has been chosen as one of the 9 “beta” cities for the STAR guidelines to be implemented. And don’t forget, SEQL which Cleveland County and Shelby are members of, links to ICLEI on their website!