Last Chance to Register for Sustainable Maryland Energy Workshops

Sustainable Maryland is hosting a series of leadership training workshops in November on local government energy efficiency policies. The workshops are titled “Municipal Energy Efficiency: Meeting the Climate Deadline” and are open to county officials.

From an email notice:

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland will host Sustainable Maryland’s annual Leadership Training workshops in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention, and garner support for sustainability initiatives.

This year’s workshop topic, MUNICIPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY: MEETING THE CLIMATE DEADLINE, will help communities identify and begin to develop and implement energy efficiency policies that will equitably reduce city-wide energy consumption to meet their own climate mitigation and resilience goals. The workshop will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities to become more energy efficient, save money, decrease carbon pollution and fight climate change. As more and more cities get serious about climate action planning, energy efficiency is at the forefront, both nationally and at the state level. Learn about the benefits of energy efficiency; the policies and practices that can help reduce costs; funding sources and technical assistance available for increasing efficiency of municipal operations; and examples of how to engage residents and to lead communities through this vital transformation for our collective future.

 The workshop will be held on three different dates in three different locations. The program is the same for each day.

  • November 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Cambridge Police Department in Cambridge
  • November 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the University of Maryland System in Hagerstown
  • November 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Hyattsville City Hall in Hyattsville

An agenda will be published shortly. The workshop fee is $35 and includes breakfast, lunch, program materials, and parking. Registration closes 2 days before the start of each session.

If you have any questions, contact Mike Hunninghake at mikeh75@umd.edu or 301.405.7956.

Tentative Workshop Agenda

  • 9:00-9:20am – Introductions/Overview
  • 9:20-10:50am: Energy Efficiency for Local Government Operations
    • Mapping opportunities for local governments to assess current consumption, set reduction goals, and develop an action plan.
  • 10:50-11:00am: Break
  • 11:00-12:00am: Energy Efficiency Projects
    • Explore what other communities are doing to increase energy efficiency and what tools and resources are available for taking action.
  • 12:00-12:45am: Lunch (plus electric vehicle demo)
  • 12:45-1:45pm – Policies and Ordinances
    • Understand local policy drivers that can improve your efficiency and reduce future impacts.
  • 1:45-2:00pm – Break
  • 2:00-3:45pm – Energy Efficiency Programs for Residents and Local Governments
    • Take advantage of existing energy efficiency programs and develop an outreach and communication plan to enlist residents in taking actions to increase household efficiency.
  • 3:45-4:00pm – Wrap Up

Useful Links

Register for Cambridge Workshop

Register for Hagerstown Workshop

Register for Hyattsville Workshop

Sustainable Maryland Website

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