Local leaders and advocates interested in community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects have two opportunities this spring to gather with their peers in the Washington, DC area to network and share lessons learned.
The Department of Energy is hosting the State and Local Government Clean Energy Conference in Crystal City, Virginia May 18-20. This event, which is free of charge, is targeted at government staff and policymakers working directly with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and/or State Energy Program. Spring 2011 will mark the halfway point in the implementation of Recovery Act funding for those programs, so the goal of the conference is to "focus on the lessons learned to date and critical initiatives for the ensuing year and beyond". For more information, visit http://www.sentech.org/EECBG-SEP_Conference/index.html .
The following month, Climate Communities is hosting the Local Clean Energy Leadership Summit in Washington. This event, which takes place June 15-17, is more explicitly focused on local government action. Like in the May conference, EECBG will be a focal point, but this conference expands that focus to a broader range of federal programs and agencies. It also presents attendees with an opportunity to educate their elected representatives in Congress about the importance of those programs and the excellent local intiatives they have made possible. For more information, visit http://www.localenergysummit.org/ .
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-669-6323.