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Gainesville Regional Utilities - First Solar feed-in-tariff

Ed Regan is a registered professional engineer has over 30 years of extensive engineering and management experience in a wide range of GRU’s utility operations.He has been in charge of GRU’s Strategic Planning since 1991, and responsible for electrical system planning, generation dispatch and power marketing, demand side management, environmental regulation, fuel supply management, water and wastewater system planning, risk management, utility rate design and regulatory affairs.GRU is one of the few municipal utilities in the USA that is “double A” bond rated by all three rating agencies, has the lowest electrical use per residential customer in Florida, has among the most aggressive conservation and carbon reduction goals in the state, and was the first utility in the USA to implement a European style solar feed in tariff.

His current assignments at GRU include coordinating the development of the biomass plant and developing what are GRU’s relatively new service offerings.These new services include high speed internet access, private line data services, public safety radio, chilled water, and emergency power.

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Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings

Michael Muyot has spent the last 15 years as a specialist in Strategic Quantum Visioning, the art of applied quantitative analysis and data visualization for better investment and business decision making. By modeling and mapping both quantitative and qualitative data, he creates a universal language for translating datasets into Analytical Intelligence. As President & Founder of CRD Analytics, Michael oversees the development of the SmartViewTM 360 Platform, which is responsible for building all of CRD Analytics' indexes, benchmarks and products. SmartViewTM powers both the NASDAQ CRD Global Sustainability Index (QCRD) and the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders on Justmeans and the recently released Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings. Michael Muyot was the executive producer of the SmartViewTM Roundtable on Sustainable Investing in May 2010 hosted at the NASDAQ MarketSite. Michael brought together global thought leaders to “Crack the Code” of accelerating Sustainable Investing in the United States, culminating with the Global Reporting Initiative's Vice Chairman of the Board Sean Harrigan ringing the Closing Bell.

At the Wall Street Green Trading Summit, Michael spoke on the topic of "Building Financial Indices, Portfolios & ETFs Using Triple Bottom Line Metrics" as a featured panelist.  Michael was also featured panelist and moderator at the 2010 Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability & Transparency, and presented as part of the Green Economy Roundtable at the 2010 United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals.  Michael spoke to the American Bar Association for their Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources on the topic of Sustainable Business Practices and the Triple Bottom Line in the U.S. Market. Michael spoke at the Corporate Reputation Risk & Management event on the topic of "Proactively Strengthening Corporate Brand Value through Sustainability Driven Management and Transparent Disclosure of Sustainability Performance Metrics."



Road Rat Motors: Street Legal Golf Carts & Electric Vehicles

In Gainesville, scooters are one of the most popular forms of transportation. The city and the campus of the University of Florida offer the perfect settings for a nifty means of getting about. Road Rat Motors' retail store is located just a few miles north of the beautiful University of Florida campus. We have the largest power sports distribution center in North Florida with shipping available worldwide.

Here at Road Rat Motors, we are always one step ahead of the competition by constantly improving our line our racing go karts, motor scooters, and electric cars, while designing and developing new models as well! Several times a year, our owner travels to visit our factories overseas. While visiting, he works directly with the engineers to design new models as well as improve current offerings. If you have any suggestions about how to improve our products, please be sure to let us know!



Steve Hoffman discusses Green Houses and Green Certification

Steve Hoffman discusses Green Houses and Green Certification - Steve Hoffmann currently serves as Principal of Hoffmann & Associates, LLC, a sustainability consulting firm located in Atlanta Georgia. Working with small organizations to global fortune 500 companies Hoffmann & Associates assists its clients with defining, developing, and achieving their sustainable initiatives. The firm’s services include sustainable product certifications, green building certifications and training. With over 30 years collective experience Hoffmann & Associates is actively involved with some of the most innovative leaders in the
environmental arena.

Steve’s professional highlights include the development and participation in two PBS productions airing on national television. He also developed and lead an interactive sustainability teleconference presentation linking 17 offices of the world’s largest architectural design firm. In addition, Steve has extensive involvement with environmental and business organizations including United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Steve’s technical articles and columns on sustainability appear in business, environmental and design publications, including “Environmental Design & Construction,” and “Interiors and Sources.” An accomplished speaker, Steve has addressed regional, national and international audiences on sustainable topics and issues.



The 15th Anniversary of the Dogwood Alliance - Danna Smith

Southern activists formed Dogwood Alliance in November 1996. Originally, Dogwood Alliance focused on stopping the expansion of chip mills - facilities that grind whole logs into wood chips for making paper and chipboard -- across the South. Beginning in the mid-1980s, large pulp and paper industries shifted the main thrust of their activity from over-cut forests of the Pacific Northwest to recovering forests in the South. This shift resulted in a proliferation of chip mills and unprecedented industrial-scale clear-cutting of forests. Over the last two or three years as citizen concerns about Southern forests escalated into the national spotlight, only a few chip mills have applied for permits in Southern states. While this possibly signals the end of an era of aggressive expansion by the paper industry, it is most definitely not the end of the destruction of the region's forests for paper production.



Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next with Greg Lindsay

This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse at the way we will live in the near future—and the way we will do business, too.

Not so long ago, airports were built near cities, and roads connected the one to the other. This pattern—the city in the center, the airport on the periphery— shaped life in the twentieth century, from the central city to exurban sprawl. Today, the ubiquity of jet travel, round-the-clock workdays, overnight shipping, and global business networks has turned the pattern inside out. Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market.



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