March 2012 Meeting

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Note: We’ve changed meeting locations, day of the week and starting time!

6:30 PM on the third Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is March 15th.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)
Frank & Estella Beam Hall – Room 110
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Meeting Topic: Energy Efficiency Panel

Comments from our members and meeting attendees have mentioned an array of interests from homeowners looking to maximize their own efficiency or lower their footprints to citizens looking to get involved on a community or regional level. This panel will speak about energy efficiency on the personal homeowner’s level, the business level, and the community level.

Green Alliance – Annette Bubak, President

Since 2000, Nevada ENERGY STAR® Partners / GREEN Alliance has worked to encourage energy efficiency and resource preservation in Nevada and has recognized and promoted the companies, organizations and individuals leading in these efforts. Each year, GREEN Alliance partners are represented in an award-winning annual awareness campaign. The nonprofit group also organizes informative meetings, mixers, seminars and special events that encourage and provide community awareness, education and connectivity for developing a thriving, more sustainable Nevada.

The GREEN Alliance has linked community and national forces in aligning a passion and purpose for the preservation and prosperity of our communities, state and nation. As a result of these collaborative initiatives, a consciousness for energy efficiency and sustainability is spreading, and Nevada ENERGY STAR® Partners-GREEN Alliance has continued to be recognized locally as well as by the U.S. EPA for enduring leadership. From 2003 to 2009 NVESP / GREEN Alliance was awarded the National Sustained Excellence Award, and in 2011, the U.S. EPA honored the organization with their Leadership in Housing Award for Energy Star.

HomeFree Nevada – Denee Evans, Executive Director

HomeFree Nevada, Nevada’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, national sponsor from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, is leading this campaign with a comprehensive whole-house approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability, while helping to protect the environment.

Green Chips – Shari Farkas

The stated mission of Green Chips is to encourage and facilitate environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada, advancing the region’s identity as a sustainable destination, promoting green activity, attracting green investment, and stimulating green jobs. The long-term goal is to make the Southern Nevada region a national leader in environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. Green Chips will function as an umbrella organization to raise awareness; gather financing sources to advance specific sustainability projects; and coordinate a green identity for the region. The organization to replace existing community efforts, but seeks to supplement and magnify those efforts that contribute to the region’s identity as a sustainable destination.

Raising Awareness. In conjunction with community partners, Green Chips will seek to offer guidance and leadership to develop a regional green ethos:

  • Promoting environmental sustainability
  • Encouraging involvement of businesses, residents, and visitors
  • Educating Southern Nevada about how their individual efforts can make a difference
  • Publicizing green initiatives and marketing the region’s quality of life
  • Attracting green investment
  • Stimulating the creation of green jobs and training programs

Leveraging Green Financing. As a non-profit 501(c)3, Green Chips will aggregate federal, state, local, non-profit and charitable financial programs and resources to encourage renewable energy and conservation projects, offering affordable and effective assistance to both households and businesses seeking to improve environmental sustainability and improve energy efficiency.

Promoting the Region’s Green Identity. The Green Chips public/private partnership will encourage involvement of businesses, non-profits, residents, and visitors alike to advance the region’s identity as a sustainable destination. The long-term mission of Green Chips is to:

  • Build Southern Nevada’s reputation for offering a green quality of life
  • Have a measurable impact on energy conservation
  • Lower the community’s carbon footprint
  • Provide a way for the public and visitors to get involved on a personal level
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