A recent report from The Solar Foundation found that Alabama ranks 42nd in state-specific numbers related to solar jobs in the state. With only 420 jobs related to solar, there is a lot of room for growth. This is especially true when you see that Tennessee has 2,800 jobs with 1,200 new last year and Georgia has 2,600 jobs, with 1,800 new last year. That means Alabama is set for a huge potential job growth with the right policies and economic development. Let's encourage state decision makers to support this dependable renewable energy!

The Alabama Environmental Council hosted its second POWER-UP Energy Forum on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. This was an open, public forum about energy across our state and had participants from Auburn to Huntsville, Gadsden to Tuscaloosa. Conversations centered around efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input in choosing our energy future in Alabama. Speakers gave local, regional, and national perspectives about what is working across the Southeast and had ample time for conversation and interaction. We enjoyed spending the day celebrating sustainability and economic opportunity and look forward to next year's event to be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Birmingham Southern College!

For a detailed summary of the event including take-aways from each presenter, follow this link.

Alabama Environmental Council’s (AEC) is becoming the non-profit authority on energy for Alabama. AEC is seeking ways to meet Alabamians’ current energy needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, which fits directly with our mission. AEC provides environmental and economic information on energy based on sound scientific research and analysis.


     The Alabama Environmental Council hosted an open, public forum about energy across our state. Conversations centered around efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input in choosing our energy future. Local and regional speakers gave local and regional perspectives about what is working across the Southeast with time for conversation and interaction. Jim McClintock, UAB Polar Marine Biologist and author of Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land, gave our keynote address. Available presentations from the Forum may be found under the Agenda, below.

A four-page summary of presentations, highlights, immediate next steps and a brief summary of table and community conversations is available at this link.

A lengthier report of community and forum participant’s questions and comments  can be found at this link.

Be sure to review the one-page list of specific findings and recommendations developed from Forum speakers' and participants' comments. Items on the list are relevant to the new State Energy Plan process and to Alabama energy policy decisions. This information, can be found at this link

Topics of discussion included: (Click on the title of presentation to view)



CONTACT:  Alan Gurganus, 205-322-3126, Recycling@AEConline.org

                     Michael Churchman, 205-322-3126, Michael@AEConline.org


Alabama Environmental Council Offers Recycling Bins to Local Schools

Birmingham, Alabama –More than 3,500 classroom bins are available for more than 100 schools throughout Jefferson County as an expansion of the Recycle Alabama Campaign at the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC). These recycling bins were purchased with a 2011 Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Recycling Fund grant awarded to the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH), administered by AEC.

The Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council are proud to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Alabama for the sixth time.

The 2013 showings of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be in Birmingham and Huntsville: 

Huntsville on October 3rd - Buy Tickets for Huntsville
Birmingham on October 17th - Buy Tickets for Birmingham

Learn about: 2013 Film Program • Sponsorship opportunities on our Co-hosts website.


This is an original fashion and awareness event that proves being environmentally friendly is not only easy but always in style. This unique awareness event will be held at the trendy Aloft Hotel SoHo Square in Homewood and solely benefit the Alabama Environmental Council in their efforts to restore the Birmingham Recycling Center.

Following is a position statement from AEC in response to the recent recommendation for Alabama Power's RSE proceedings, adopted by the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Op-Ed written and published by Michael Churchman, Executive Director of Alabama Environmental Council, engaging citizens toward sustainable living and stewardship of the environment. We organize and empower Alabamians to preserve the environment for current and future generations. Michael can be reached at michael@aeconline.org.