Meeting Minutes And Attachments 2.24.10


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Meeting Minutes And Attachments 2.24.10

  1. 1. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy / Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan Steering Committee MEETING MINUTES February 24, 2010 MHSM # 0907.00 Committee Members Present:  Jeanne Hamming  Lee Jeter Sr.  Rebecca Prosino Committee Members Absent:  Leia Lewis  Stuart Crichton  Gregory Coates  Ian Webb  Jeff Wellborn  Andy Goldthwaite Other Attendees:  Kim Mitchell  Caroline Majors CC:  Mike Strong  Wes Wyche  Tim Wachtel  Sharon Swanson  Murray Lloyd  Patti Trudell  Lola Kendrick  Bruce Hoffman 1. Welcome/New Members: Rebecca Prosino and Andy Goldthwaite have accepted invitations to join the committee. 2. Review and adopt a working name, charter, rules, and protocols: Committee members approved the working name, charter, rules, protocols, etc., included in ‘Attachment A' with minor revision. And, the group decided it would be important to organize this information in a clear and concise way to communicate the committee’s purpose and to promote energy efficiency and conservation to city
  2. 2. officials, future working group members, and the public. Jeanne volunteered to help craft this information into a more effective ‘mission statement’ and presentation. A draft of the statement produced by Jeanne and Caroline is attached for review, ‘Attachment B,’ and a draft presentation will be given at the March meeting. 3. Review EECS activity sheets: Many of the individual tasks/projects highlighted on each activity sheet, ‘Attachment C,’ need to be further developed. The committee decided this will be done through a series of smaller work sessions. At each session, the group will take one or two focus areas and prepare specific projects for implementation. Members of the committee who are interested in a specific focus area would participate in the session and other key resource people or members of the community may be invited as needed. 4. Next steps: The committee talked about what work could be accomplished while we wait for DOE approval. o Prepare a mission statement and presentation to deliver to Mike Strong. o Organize work sessions around each focus area. Invite selected community members, businesses, and non-profits to present their work to the committee and participate in brainstorming sessions around specific focus areas. o Make site visits that will be relevant to specific projects/focus areas. o Plan and host an event at Sci-Port –a colloquium on energy efficiency and conservation. As a part of the event, these local community members, businesses, and non-profits could present their work to the public. o Create a website for the public. It should be simple to use, not require any login, and only include “the cool stuff.” It should be a place where people can learn more and continue conversations started at the colloquium.
  3. 3. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy / Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan Steering Committee Meeting | February 24, 2010 Working Name: Shreveport Energy Efficiency and Conservation (SEEC) Steering Committee Committee Roles:  community organizers  liaisons between the community and city government  stewards over the EEC process and values Committee Charter –Shared Beliefs/Values:  the possibility of deep/meaningful/positive change  core scientific values –evidence-based action  inclusive and diverse community engagement  a motivation to improve quality of life in Shreveport  that deep change can (and needs to) prove to be beneficial for all  that our community can learn to value the earth and its resources Quadruple Bottomline –for Achieving Balanced Sustainability:  environmental quality  economic prosperity  social equity  cultural vitality Committee Goals:  job creation  energy savings  reduction in greenhouse gas emissions  provident use of local resources  renewable energy production  maximized leveraging of funds  increased competitiveness for funding  regional collaboration  increased local capacity, leadership, advocacy, and innovation  education and outreach Committee Protocols:  Meetings: Meetings will be held the last Wednesday of each month, 4:30-6:30 pm. Teleconference/webinar accommodations will be made available, by request, for those unable to attend in person.  Attendance: A committee member may attend a meeting by teleconference or webinar. A proxy/representative may attend on behalf of a committee member. If a committee member misses three meetings in a row, he or she will be personally contacted and invited to attend the following meeting or resign position.  Decisionmaking: Decisions will be made by consensus, or a majority vote of all members present.
  4. 4. “Southern Rules of Engagement:”  Come to the table.  The world is run by people who show up.  Leave your organizational 2x4 at the door.  Polarized opinion generates more heat than light and has no place at the table.  Pick solutions, not fights.  Search for the most expansive common ground that is not intrusive.  Attack ideas, not individuals.  Differences in opinion can lead to enlightened decisionmaking.  No personal attacks. One strike and you’re out.  Have fun. Focus Area Mission Statements:  building energy efficiency: reduce building energy consumption by 25%  green workforce/business incentives: design education, workforce, and business development systems to support a sustainable economy  clean & renewable energy sources: design diversified, decentralized energy systems that provide for flexible supply and demand  reduction of waste & pollution: zero waste, contamination reduction, air and water quality improvement, step change reduction in our waste stream, feed ourselves through local food systems  energy education & outreach: develop a network, targeting key influencers, guiding conversations to achieve a cultural shift, and defining a new civic space –a different way of connecting and conversing to accomplish goals  transportation & land use: choice and flexibility, mobility, walkability, bike paths, smart growth, reduce transportation-based energy consumption and establish more efficient land use patterns  other: to be developed as needed Future Site Visit Opportunities:  Ag Center: urban forestry, urban agriculture, wetland conservation  Sci-Port: science and technology education  Sankofa Vision: urban agriculture  Fuller Center: housing  A Better Shreveport: bike planning, greenways, etc.  River City Cycling: bike tour  Shreveport Green: urban forestry  Forbing YMCA: community gardening  EcoMulch & Sod: landscaping conservation  Beaird Industries: windmill manufacturing  CMC Recycling: metal recycling  The Newark Group: recycled paperboard  Global Investment Recovery: electronics recycling  Pratt Industries: city recycling program
  5. 5. Shreveport Energy Efficiency and Conservation (SEEC)    Who are we?     SEEC [steering committee] is a mayoral appointed committee created to advise city  council on strategies for transforming Shreveport into a more sustainable, more  livable community.     What is our mission?    Initially, the SEEC was charged with producing recommendations on how to allocate  funds from a Department of Energy grant, the purpose of which is to strengthen the  economy while also revitalizing communities through green job creation, energy  savings, and resource conservation.      Going forward, the SEEC will build on these initial investments through long term  planning in order to develop Shreveport’s competitive advantage when applying for  future funding.  By planning long term, the city will be able to provide Shreveport  citizens with a broader range of options, including healthier food and transportation  choices, by supporting local agriculture, bicycle lanes, and walking paths, and it will  strengthen our local workforce through green job creation    What is our role?    The role of SEEC is to support local people and organizations in their efforts to  increase energy efficiency and conservation by connecting them to funding sources,  to local government, and to one another.    What do we believe?    We believe that a truly sustainable community is one that seeks economic  prosperity, environmental quality, social equity, and cultural vitality.      economic prosperity:      environmental quality:      social equity:      cultural vitality:    Only by pursuing all four of these aspects of community life will Shreveport succeed  in becoming a more livable, more sustainable community.    We believe that achieving balanced sustainability is both necessary and possible  for Shreveport. 
  6. 6.   We believe that we can only achieve balanced sustainability through open  collaboration and community engagement.    We believe that Shreveport can and should make more efficient use of its local  resources.    We believe our actions and decisions should be guided by scientific evidence and  rigorous discussion.    We believe that the changes brought about by this process should benefit all citizens  equitably.                             
  7. 7.   SCRATCH    We believe that achieving balanced sustainability is both necessary and possible for  Shreveport.  DEFINE BALANCED SUSTAINABILITY (QUAD. BOTTOM LINE)    We believe that Shreveport can and should make better use of its valuable regional  resources.)    We believe that the process by which we achieve balanced sustainability should  openly engage the community and should be guided by scientific evidence and  rigorous discussion.    We believe that the changes brought about by this process should benefit all citizens  through increased access to ?    VERBS?  enhance  build  develop  promote  advocate  advance  discover  identify  define  guide  strengthen our local economy  make better use of the "earth's finite resources" (I think it is too  environmentalist‐y.) but maybe " local resources" or "the region's valuable  resources."      Mission Statement    It is our mission to support those people and organizations working within the  community to increase energy efficiency and conservation, etc. by connecting them  more directly to each other, to funding sources, and to local government.     VERBS?  enhance  strengthen our local economy    make better use of the earth’s finite resources   
  8. 8. provide Shreveport citizens with more and healthier food and transportation  options by supporting local agriculture, bicycle lanes, and walking paths.  strengthen our local workforce through green job creation        to build a better community in which people have more access to information and  resources to allow people to make smarter choices from a broader range of options.    to become more innovative and to solve problems.  A better place to live more  resilient and more adaptable…    Choice  Food   Energy sources  Mobility and transportation  Education  Jobs    Shared Values    Role of the Core Group (audience: Mike Strong)    Goals of EEC    Outcomes of EEC    Objectives of EEC    Focus Area Mission Statements