You’ve heard about how these kinds of projects
can yield a relatively quick return on investment.
And you all need to know that, so long as I am president,
I am committed to developing a culture of sustainability on this campus.
I do not believe for a moment that environmental sustainability
and the long-term economic well-being of the university are
I began my career in academia… as
a professor of environmental ethics.
I didn’t leave that behind when moved into the role I’m in now.
I still hold dear to that kind of thinking.
I still hold dear that kind of open dialog.
And I remain committed to these kinds of projects.
The sun is something we have in abundance here.
And I think it is something we can continue to take advantage of.
Now I will take a little bit of credit.
I remember probably the most opposite of the day we have today.
Back over the summer, and early in the morning, and it was already
extremely hot, and we were walking around trying to decide
where we were going to put the array, and we looked a couple of spots,
and then we came back here.
And the first thing that struck me from an academic perspective
was the juxtaposition of having a solar panel and the old physical plant.
Just from a metaphorical perspective, I just thought that was unique.
But then we started talking about the
fact that we could have shelter, power, for what is in many ways
an academic hub of the university, the library.
And generate some power in the process.
And be able to have not only the event that we have today,
but I would hope other kinds of events, because
I really do see this as a starting point.
Paul[?] Matthews said he’s been green since before it was cool,
first in an earlier Georgia Power program (EarthCraft), and now in EarthCents.
He thinks the program is good, with both environmental and
economic benefits, but he asked for it to be extended to become
a model for the south,
the Georgia Public Service Commission meeting Tuesday 18 June 2013.
He spoke about his company’s investment in sustainable
efficiency and conservation, and asked GA PSC and Georgia Power
to also do more.
A much more efficient way and cost-effective of reducing power is by
reducing energy used. We’re not only looking at tripling the savings
over the next ten years, but we’re also looking at job growth….
…a sustainable and long-term growth approach.
Let’s make the rebates and also the tax credits so they’re a model
for Georgia and also for the south.
Portland, Oregon, is also internationally renowned for its
commitment to sustainable development. The Portland metropolis has
an expansive public transit system and an urban growth boundary to
control development at the urban periphery. The city boasts a
green investment fund
to provide grants for residential and commercial building projects.
Now the city is striving, like Copenhagen, to reap the economic
rewards of sustainable development through business formation, firm
expansion, job growth and private investment. In February, Portland
released its first regional export plan to double exports over five
years by building on the region’s distinctive economic and physical
attributes. A critical pillar of this strategy involves increasing
the export orientation of firms in the burgeoning clean technology
sector to serve growing markets in Asia, Latin America and
Amy Liu spoke about globalization last week in Orlando,
about clean industries leading economic growth.
Even though she was talking linear growth,
her Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution
has some interesting points that mesh with the exponential growth like compound interest
Georgia can get on with in solar and wind power.
The national economic
recovery is slow, the middle class has been hard-hit,
and Florida is recovering faster, except on unemployment.
The U.S. population is rapidly getting older and by 2050
53.7% will be minorities, each of which have very different
educational achievements, and much of this is happening
in metro areas.
Why are all these “dependable” baseload capacity nukes down so much?
See for yourself in these interactive graphs of
NRC Power Reactor Status.
They’re in Google annotated timeline format,
with all the zoom and pan features used by Google finance for stock charts.
Reactor Status charts show seven years of
daily NRC power percentage data.
Want to see last month, six months, any 7 days, or some other period?
Now you can, for all 104 reactors, including
the ones recently removed by NRC from status because they’ve closed
You can view your own local reactors
in any of 20 charts.
Why so many graphs? Google annotated timeline charts apparently were
meant for comparing a few stock prices, and don’t handle more than about
seven curves well.
But you can see things in these graphs that are hard to spot in
NRC’s daily tables.
Example: Southern Nuclear Operating Co., Inc. (Alabama, Georgia)
The disruptive challenge electric utilities face
telephone companies faced years ago, as Edison Electric Institute recently pointed out.
Circuit switching 20 years ago is like distributed solar power and
the smart grid it needs now;
this is what I described
the Georgia Public Service Commission meeting Tuesday 18 June 2013.
Hi, I’m John Quarterman, I’m from Lowndes County, down near the Florida line.
These videos I’ve been taking are with Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange
and you’ll find them on YouTube later.
Now I’d like to commend Georgia Power for helping fund our Industrial Authority
down in Lowndes County to do a strategic plan.
And in the focus groups they did with that, they discovered there’s
two things everybody wants: business, education, health care, the
people in general: Continue reading →
A group of Valdosta City Council members recently visited Sustainable Fellwood in Savannah, and may be considering it as a model for affordable fair housing in Valdosta. There’s also a model much closer than Savannah.
Fellwood is a project which aims to demonstrate that highly efficient and healthy buildings can be built affordably. The project will include a four acre park and a community garden. Preserving the local oak tree canopy will be another important step. The development team is taking steps to reduce stormwater run off and utilize native landscaping. Energy Star appliances, reflective roofs, and high efficiency windows are all included in the plans. The project will be registered with the EarthCraft Coastal Communities certification, and it is a pilot LEED — ND neighborhood. It is developed using the principles of smart growth for walkable and diverse communities.
Child of the ghetto grows up to raise a park out of trash
and to invite the rich and famous to join her to make
sustainable development that works for all three of
developers, community, and government sexy and profitable.
A stray dog one day led her down a forgotten street to the river.
She got a seed grant, leveraged it 300 times, and turned
that street into a park.
She’s talking about the south Bronx in New York City,
and the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, but I think in her
problems and solutions you will see some similarities to
the south side of Valdosta.
If the Chamber was helping with this kind of thing,
that would make a far more positive difference to education
and real estate values for the whole community,
both inside and outside Valdosta, than pushing destructive school “unification”.
What are some ideas for economic and cultural growth that don’t require huge population growth? Richard Florida has many ideas for large and mid-sized population areas in the article discussed below. Who’s the Richard Florida for places the size of Lowndes County?