We must reschedule! If you have already registered we are in the process of refunding your registration. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope that both presenters and guests will be able to attend, at a date to be announced soon, with our planned agenda intact. Meanwhile, please keep submitting Conservation Award nominations!

2017 Registration, Award Nominations Open!

Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Registration 8:30-9:00; Forum 9:00-3:30; 
Networking 3:30-4:30; Social 4:30-6:00 
Birmingham-Southern College, Norton Campus Center, Great Hall

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Alabama Environmental Council will host the fifth POWER-UP Forum on February 28, 2017 to continue expanding its energy activities. This year's theme is:  Resiliency, Climate and Energy in Uncertain Times. AEC engages citizens in working toward sustainable policies and opportunities to meet Alabamians’ current energy needs. Our work promotes stewardship of the environment without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

What to expect: In these uncertain times, solutions for climate and clean energy must make progress at the local level. Join us for...

  • Speakers on city resiliency, renewables and energy efficiency, who have moved the solutions forward in Alabama and Georgia
  • Panels of Alabama institutions, advocates and customers with perspectives on financing and delivering efficiency services and renewable energy, especially solar
  • Opportunities for table discussion and sharing your experience with the larger group, networking and connecting with exhibitors and potential customers
  • Who should Attend: cities, energy consumers and providers, businesses involved in renewable energy or energy efficiency, customers with or considering solar installations, and students, organizations and individuals learning & sharing success stories

AEC is establishing itself as the go-to resource for information on energy and environment in Alabama. AEC seeks to become the reasonable voice; we promote alternatives instead of fighting the status quo. AEC strongly believes that by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy as part of Alabama’s energy supply, Alabama can not only meet its current and future energy needs, but also promote stewardship of the environment.

Planning is the backbone of preparing for a sustainable energy future. AEC’s fourth POWER-UP Forum will place a strong emphasis on the importance of transparent, participatory planning processes at the utility, regulatory and state level for meeting Alabama’s electric energy needs.

Read about our first (2016) Conservation Award Winners here.

Special appreciation to Southern Environmental Center and the Urban Environmental Studies program, our co-hosts for three years at Birmingham Southern College. In addition to a great place for the event, time for information-swapping, networking, and socializing on-campus immediately following adjournment in the afternoon was great.


POWER-UP AGENDA – Feb 28, 2017
 Resiliency, Climate and Energy in Uncertain Times
  

8:30-9:00 - Registration and Exhibits


9:00-9:10 - Welcome from BSC:  Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center and Bill Holt, Urban Environmental Studies


9:10-9:20 - Overview of Topics for the Day: Julie Danley, AEC Board Chair
and Alan Gurganus, Interim AEC Executive Director


9:20-10:30 - The Importance of Resiliency, Climate and Energy in Uncertain Times 

  • Moderator, Sherri Nielson, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Mayor of Birmingham for Capital and Special Projects
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Director, Community - Alabama U.S. Green Building Council
  • Porscha Porter, Chief of the Energy Division’s Strategy and Business Management Branch for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 
  • Robin Edgeworth, Director, Office of Resilience and Innovation, City of Tuscaloosa

10:30 -10:45 - Break


10:45-11:30 - Financial, Regulatory, Legislative and Options for Resiliency, Climate and Energy

  • Moderator:  Alan Gurganus
  • Jennifer Howard, Energy Generation Project Finance, Baker Donelson Law Firm 
  • Sarah Stokes, Southern Environmental Law Center, Energy and Water Nexus
  • Steve Valk, Communications Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education

11:30-12:00 - Reflections and Reports from Participants - What have you heard that surprised you? What would you like to know more about? What are you doing about sustainability and climate that you can share with the group? How would you like to engage?


12:00-1:00 - Lunch (provided) – Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of Sustainability and Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta  


1:00-1:30 - POWER-UP Conservation Awards


1:30-2:45 - Business and Community Leadership for Climate and Energy Resiliency

  • Moderator, Kyle Crider, AEC Energy Program Manager
  • Daniel Tait, CEO, Energy Alabama - Clean energy opportunities for Alabama
  • Julie Price, Sustainability Coordinator and Department of Biology Faculty, UAB
  • Frank Hamby, Vice President Roebuck South East Lake Community, The Birmingham Northeast Area Framework Plan

2:45-3:30 - Retrospective and Next Steps:

  • Kyle Crider, AEC Energy Program Manager
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Director, Community - Alabama U.S. Green Building Council
  • Daniel Tait, CEO, Energy Alabama

3:30 – 4:00 - Adjourn – for informal information swap and door prizes


4:00 – 5:30 - After Hours Social – Southern Environmental Center


(To see the details of our 2016 event, follow this link.)

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