The Department of Energy (DOE) held it's last of six Quadrennial Energy Reviews (QER) in Atlanta. The reviews are a program in enacted by Secretary Muniz. It allows all players in the energy markets to provide feedback on energy policy. The event also allowed for public comment at the end of the day. Although we didn't stay for the entire day, Southeast Green got to hear three panels from power company executives and three presentations from Federal government programs. Read in order start at bottom.
The DOE and DOD recently held a joint press release conference to announce expansion of the solar training program called Solar Ready Vets. As many soldiers prepare to matriculate, preparing our soldiers to find gainful employment after their service is a priority for the DOD. The Solar Ready Vet program is doubling it's training locations including locations in the Florida Panhandle and North Carolina. Additionally University of Tennessee and University of Central Florida will be receiving workforce grants. Read the press release. To read in order start at the bottom up.
The annual Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) conference was held in Washington DC. The conference brought IPL state leaders from across the country to discuss legislative issues pertaining to climate change and other faith issues facing faith communities. The highlights included a rousing speech by Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley to encourage leaders as they prepared for legislative visits and a key note by Peggy Shepherd of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. She is an eco-activist and CEO of We ACT in Harlem. To read the tweets from Ms. Shepherd's speech in order start at the bottom and read up. To watch the speech check out our recording in Out and About Scopes.
The EarthShare of Georgia 2016 Leadership Breakfast was held with the who's who of Atlanta's sustainability community in attendance. Ryan Gravel was the keynote speaker. The attendees enjoyed a round table discussion along with the delicious breakfast. To read in order start at the bottom up.
The United Methodist Church's National Creation Care Conference was hosted at Decatur First United Methodist Church. This year's theme was Sowing Seeds: Where Food and Faith Meet. The conference hosted national, regional and local speakers. The conference had keynote speakers Norman Wirzba and Jennifer Ayres on Friday and Andrew Kimbrell on Saturday. Conference attendees also participated in tours and several different worship celebratiosn. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom.
The 2016 Greenprints conference brought a very special keynote speaker, Atlanta's own, Ryan Gravel. Ryan Gravel is the mastermind behind the Atlanta Beltline which has been called the most exciting transportation project by The Brookings Institute's Christopher Leinberger. Gravel's speech was also the kick-off speech for his new book, Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities. Gravel discussed how we got to where we are and how cities across the country are trying to mitigate the 20th century's infrastructure mistakes. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom. Watch Gravel's presentation.