Florida Climate Summit at Orlando in August, 2017
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
For those of you who were not able to attend The Florida Climate Summit-Beyond Paris: Taking Local Action in Florida (at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, 10:00 am-4:00 pm EDT, Aug. 12, 2017), as part of the Climate Reality Project, but are quite interested in taking part in the future, I’ve managed to have finished uploading the video just today and will be sharing them in this post.
The event was organized by Monica Mayotte, Laura Betts, Susan Nugent, and Pakita Leone.
Reason for the event: now that the Trump Administration has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, it is up to the states, cities, and businesses to continue the efforts to solve the climate crisis. This summit was an opportunity to bring together various environmental groups across Florida to share their projects so we can assist one another.
Topics of discussion were:
- How to move cities to taking the 100% renewable pledge
- Banning fracking
- Pricing carbon at the national level
- Rooftop solar power in Florida
The speakers and organizations that are involved are:
- Chris Castro, Keynote Speaker and Sustainability Director, City of Orlando
- Deidre McNab – FL League of Women Voters, FL-SUN, Solar Co-ops in FL
- Tony Buscemi – Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Orlando Chapter Leader
- Eric Rollings – Chair, Orange Soil and Water Conservation District, FL Fracking Ban
- George Cavros – Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
- Michelle Suarez – Organize Florida
- Aliki Moncrief– Florida Conservation Voters
First Video: Chris Castro at Florida Climate Summit at Orlando on Aug. 12, 2017, below:
- Smart Buildings : The City of Orlando has been awarded two Smart Cities awards and is currently pursuing a variety of additional funding opportunities for Smart Cities initiatives that would assist us in enhancing transportation citywide and beyond. In these pursuits, we are continuing to move forward with building a data-driven infrastructure that will support safer, cleaner and more efficient travel and an improved quality of life for our community.
- Orlando Pace Program: the City of Orlando now provides a new set of financial tools to home and business owners to help them lower their utility bills and make our buildings more energy and water efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE removes the barriers of high upfront costs and provides low-interest financing to help residents and business owners looking to modernize, mitigate wind damage and improve the energy and water efficiency of their property.
- Orlando’s Building Energy & Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES): BEWES calls on existing commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually and make their information transparent to the real estate marketplace. The policy covers less than five percent of Orlando’s buildings, which account for nearly 50 percent of total energy and water used by all buildings citywide.
- Smart Energy Goal: 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 for Municipal Operations & 2050 City-wide, via exploring: On-site Solar PV, Community Solar+Solar Aggregation Program, Floatovoltaics, Food Waste (Residential Composting Program, Commercial Food Waste Collection Program) , West Orlando Food Project, Smart Vehicles .
Please also view the remarks by various speaker at this event, below:
Interested in Florida Climate Summit future events, please tweet Laura Betts: @laura_betts
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Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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