Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance hosted its quarterly breakfast and the hot topic? The EPA's Clean Power Plan also known as the carbon regulations or the under-wonky 111D. The audience heard a variety of issues addressed by the proposal and some of the gas. To read in order start from the bottom up.
Southface's July 2014 SART brought expert energy panelists to discuss the EPA Clean Power Plan which is the first proposed carbon reduction plan in the history of the US. With the plan released on June 2 and the first of 4 public hearings kicking off in Atlanta, Shan Arora a Southface energy policy expert moderated the panel. To read the tweets start at the bottom and read up.
One More Generation took over Green Wednesdays and educated the Chamber of the actions and pitfalls of recycling plastic. If you haven't had a chance to see their Presentation, you are missing a magic combination of youth, passion and knowledge that is accessible to adults as it is to the kids who normally participate. Click here to see photos of the presentation. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.
June brought the Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow hosted by Comm. Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission and presented by Georgia Clean Cities. The audience grows each year and advancements continue too. Chairman Chuck Eaton of the Public Service Commission presented to the audience about the work of the commission and the future of Alternative Fueled Vehicles. Check out the pictures on Facebook. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.
June's Sustainable Atlanta Round Table hosted by Southface brought a topic that might seem a long way away from Atlanta's urban mosh but is actually a critical concern for all Georgians. On Earth Day this past April, Governor Deal's EPD abolished the 25 foot marsh buffer protection requirement that had been in place for three decades. Ironically, this decision followed a fund raiser hosted on Sea Island the week before where the Sea Island Acquisitions is developing million dollar properties where that buffer was going to be a problem. So EPD reversed the decision that was going to be an issue. Is there a connection? No one knows, but it does seem suspect that after 30 years the buffer which has been seen as a real protection to keep Georgia's Golden Isles what they are instead of the over-developed destroyed coast of South Carolina has now been changed in the proverbial stroke of a pen.
Not only does the decision hurt Georgia's coast but it also affects 1,000s of miles of Georgia's river banks. So here is the discussion from SART. The Flint Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, 100 Miles of Coast, UGA River Basin Center and GreenLaw were on the panel. To read the tweets start at the bottom and read up.
The USGBC Georgia chapter hosted Sen. Orrock, Rep. Teasley and Lobbyist Woodall to have a frank discussion about how members of the USGBC can become better advocates for their concerns. The discussion which sometimes was partisan due to Senator Orrock, revolved around constituency education and understanding the real mindset of many legislators down state. The most important take away was never make an enemy...you might need the vote or power of influence on an issue tomorrow. To read in order, read from the bottom up.