Category Archives: Green Economy

Friday To-Do: FFEAC Green Economy Group Monthly Meeting

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In Spring 2009, the City of Fayetteville hosted the Fayetteville Forward Summit, an open, inclusive, participatory event that brought forth the best ideas to create a compelling vision for the future of Fayetteville. The result of this summit has established a foundation for economic development – moving the City of Fayetteville Forward for a sustainable future.

The Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC) was established to develop and carry out action plans from the conference. Its Green Economy Group will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, between 8-9:30 a.m. at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (123 W. Mountain Street).

If you are passionate about helping Fayetteville grow its green economy, create jobs, increase tax base, save money on energy bills, minimize resource consumption and lower carbon footprint, come to the meeting!

For more information, contact Mikel Lolley at (479) 841-7801.

Friday To-Do: FFEAC Green Economy Group Monthly Meeting

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In Spring 2009, the City of Fayetteville hosted the Fayetteville Forward Summit, an open, inclusive, participatory event that brought forth the best ideas to create a compelling vision for the future of Fayetteville. The result of this summit has established a foundation for economic development – moving the City of Fayetteville Forward for a sustainable future.

The Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC) was established to develop and carry out action plans from the conference. Its Green Economy Group will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, between 8-9:30 a.m. at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (123 W. Mountain Street).

If you are passionate about helping Fayetteville grow its green economy, create jobs, increase tax base, save money on energy bills, minimize resource consumption and lower carbon footprint, come to the meeting!

For more information, contact Mikel Lolley at (479) 841-7801.

Friday To-Do: FFEAC Green Economy Group Monthly Meeting

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In Spring 2009, the City of Fayetteville hosted the Fayetteville Forward Summit, an open, inclusive, participatory event that brought forth the best ideas to create a compelling vision for the future of Fayetteville. The result of this summit has established a foundation for economic development – moving the City of Fayetteville Forward for a sustainable future.

The Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC) was established to develop and carry out action plans from the conference. Its Green Economy Group will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, between 8-9:30 a.m. at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (123 W. Mountain Street).

If you are passionate about helping Fayetteville grow its green economy, create jobs, increase tax base, save money on energy bills, minimize resource consumption and lower carbon footprint, come to the meeting!

For more information, contact Mikel Lolley at (479) 841-7801.

Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Center to Host Grand Opening Tomorrow

The Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will host a grand opening celebration Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. on the main campus in North Little Rock. The event marks the opening of the new training center and also observes National Weatherization Day.

The event will include tours of the new training center, as well as remarks from U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder; North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays; Thomas Green, assistant director of the State Office of Community Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Rose Adams, executive director, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association; and representatives from Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Centerpoint Entergy and Pulaski Technical College.

Utilizing a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, the new Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will be responsible for providing training for weatherization installers, auditors and technicians as well as weatherization crew chiefs and other “green” jobs relevant to efficient energy usage. The center will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services, enabling skilled workers to expand the use of energy efficient practices in the state’s homes and businesses.

“The Arkansas Department of Human Services–Weatherization Assistance Program has provided leadership in weatherization work in Arkansas for many years, and they have been an indispensible partner in this endeavor,” said Mary Ann Shope, vice president for economic development at Pulaski Tech. “The new training center will provide our workforce with most up-to-date training available in Arkansas.”

Beginning in 2011, Pulaski Tech will work with other state agencies and colleges to train workers across the state with a mobile weatherization training lab equipped with an array of training modules similar to those at the Pulaski Tech site.

Prior to October 29, 2010, only twelve Weatherization Training Centers existed in the United States. The opening of the WTC at Pulaski Technical College marks the thirteenth Weatherization Training Center, and the first in the United States in a community college.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds to support America’s commitment to a clean energy future, including $5 billion to significantly ramp up the pace of weatherization in the United States. Nationally, the training programs will support a range of public and private energy efficiency efforts, including the Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which has already funded the weatherization of nearly 200,000 homes since last February, using both Recovery Act and annual program funds.

About Weatherization Day

Weatherization Day was conceived as a means to focus local, state, and national attention on the program and the work being performed by the workforce that provides weatherization assistance to low income families is known as the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) network.

Capitalizing on the Department of Energy’s declaration of October as Energy Awareness Month, Weatherization Programs across the country endeavor to raise the public’s awareness of the work done every day.

Environmental Defense Fund to Host Retail Sustainability Workshop

As the retailing community strengthens their call for sustainable products, many companies are wondering, “Are we doing the right things? Are our priorities appropriate? Are we doing enough?”

Environmental Defense Fund, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, would like to help you answer those questions through a unique one-day workshop – the Green Innovations in Business Solutions Lab on November 5, 2010, at the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center in Fayetteville.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Fred Bedore, Walmart’s new Senior Director, Business Strategy & Sustainability
  • Chip Jones, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Dean Foods
  • Kyle Tanger, Founder, ClearCarbon Inc.
  • Vonda Lockwood, Director, Store Innovations & Sustainability, Walmart
  • Greg van Buskirk, PhD, Green Works chemist, Clorox

Prioritizing sustainability, assessing progress, greening the supply chain, financing sustainability, and employee and leadership engagement are among the topics to be explored.

If sustainability is a topic of interest for your clients, your customers, and your company, you want to be in Fayetteville on November 5th.

The workshop details and registration information can be found at the Fayetteville GIBN Solutions Lab site: http://gibn2010fayetteville.eventbrite.com.

Tuesday To-Do: Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference

Arkansas can no longer afford business as usual. The Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference faces this challenge and brings together the brightest innovators leading the growth of the new green economy in the state.

Join Pulaski County Brownfields Program and other partners on Tuesday, October 26 in North Little Rock to forge new strategic partnerships and get the inside view on the current trends and technologies. Explore the latest in sustainability strategies and best practices, and lead your organization to success.

Speakers include:

  • Carlton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Full Spectrum
  • John Coleman, Sustainability Director, City of Fayetteville
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Philander Smith College
  • Scott Reed, Reed Realty Advisors
  • Rev. Malik Saafir, Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, Village Commons
  • Ragan Sutterfield, Founder, Felder Farm
  • Jasmin Moore, Planner, Metroplan

Yours truly, along with Jasmin Moore with the Metroplan and Melinda Glasgow with the City of Little Rock, will conduct a workshop in the morning and afternoon.

Conference registration is free. RSVP by visiting here.

For more information, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-6157 or visit: https://sites.google.com/site/gageconference/home.

Register for Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference

Arkansas can no longer afford business as usual. The Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference faces this challenge and brings together the brightest innovators leading the growth of the new green economy in the state.

Join Pulaski County Brownfields Program and other partners on Tuesday, October 26 in North Little Rock to forge new strategic partnerships and get the inside view on the current trends and technologies. Explore the latest in sustainability strategies and best practices, and lead your organization to success.

Speakers include:

  • Carlton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Full Spectrum
  • John Coleman, Sustainability Director, City of Fayetteville
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Philander Smith College
  • Rev. Malik Saafir, Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, Village Commons
  • Ragan Sutterfield, Founder, Felder Farm
  • Jasmin Moore, Planner, Metroplan

Conference registration is free. Please RSVP by October 12, 2010, by visiting here.

For more information, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-6157 or visit: https://sites.google.com/site/gageconference/home.