Summer Conference General Session Details

MACo’s Summer Conference, “New Energy, New Outcomes”
August 17-20, 2011

GENERAL SESSIONS

Powering the Future: Meeting Maryland’s Energy Needs
Friday August 19, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

As Maryland continues to grow, our energy supply and infrastructure must grow as well.  Unfortunately, no single energy source is a “magic bullet” that will solve all of our energy challenges.  Instead, the State must utilize a combination of traditional and emerging power sources in order to meet our future energy needs.  Panelists will discuss the State’s efforts to increase its usage of “green” and sustainable energy, such as solar and wind; the continuing role of traditional power sources, such as coal and nuclear; and the need to upgrade and maintain our energy delivery grid.

People Power: Harnessing Citizen Energy Through Social Media
Friday August 19, 2011
10:45 a.m. – noon

Social media has become a powerful facilitator of change.  It can provide the means for engaging employees and citizens in an effective and collaborative county government process. Your constituents are speaking out like never before using Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites, but do you have the tools in place to hear them and interact with them through their chosen media? Become familiar with those tools and how to implement them into your current structure and learn about examples of social media being used successfully by Maryland’s counties.

Sustainable Schools: The Benefits of Building and Operating Green
Saturday, August 20, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

“Green” building standards and sustainable building operations are being adopted by States and counties nationwide and Maryland has followed this trend.  Senate Bill 208 of 2008 requires all new school buildings to meet certain green building requirements; community college projects have similar requirements.  Panelists will discuss the benefits and challenges of sustainable building and operation for both public schools and community colleges.

To read more about our 2011 Summer Conference sessions, please click here to download our registration brochure.

You can register online by clicking here.


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