DOUGLAS COUNTY SMART ENERGY
David Wade, former RARE volunteer in Lake County gave a presentation on the history of the Lake County Resource Initiative, his personal experiences as a RARE, and how to have a successful RARE project.
-Introduce your volunteer to DC Smart Energy and the community with social as well as work-related activities. Get to know her.
-Help her find housing and other basic needs.
-Connect her to people with similar interests and other AmeriCorps volunteers. If she is an outdoors person, Umpqua Watersheds offers opportunities.
-Be spokespersons for her in the community. Talk her up to local organizations. Be a bridge to key stakeholders.
-Take her to lunch on her first day and have a social get-together after the evening meeting
-Questions to David:
How can the volunteer help launch our community energy campaign?
David: Have her promote it through social media, television, newspapers, and public speaking.
Group members will provide her with a work plan:
-Organize educational events
-Locate resources for energy audits
-Promote both energy efficiency and renewable energies
-Work on educational programs with Douglas County Museum and county schools
-Meet with local business community (Chambers of Commerce, Homebuilders Show) with “Save Energy, Save Money message
-Participate in community events – Green and Solar. Home Tour, Earth Day and Energy Fair
To facilitate this outreach, group will identify contacts.
Randy announced that Nicole Mandall has accepted our invitation to be a RARE volunteer for DC Smart Energy. She will be based at UCAN, with Randy as her designated supervisor, supported by the Oversight Committee (Stuart, Melanie, and John). Randy gave a brief biography of Nicole, including her Peace Corps service.
Fundraising for the position is ongoing. Application to Ford Family Foundation has been submitted; Randy will track it. The D.C. Museum isn’t sure whether it will be able to meet its pledge. DC Global Warming Coalition has pledged $500. Joyce, Stuart, and Arthur will be working on grants to Whipple and Crane Creek Foundations. Todd said Bonneville Environmental Foundation has resources. Stuart will draft a one-page summary of the campaign for Todd to submit.
Smart Energy Green and Solar Tour
Stuart gave a brief description of the Tour on Saturday, September 24. Starting at Phoenix School (a solar pioneer in the County) at 9:00 with brief educational presentation, the tour will visit four locations featuring both energy efficiency and solar features. Register for the Tour (limited to 40) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-672-9819.
Programs and Projects in Schools
Dave Longthorne reported on several new initiatives:
-STEM. Hub is being developed by South Umpqua science teachers.
-Roseburg High School students and graduates will make a presentation at this week’ s School Board meeting on energy efficient LED lighting and solar possibilities, as well as vocational curriculum preparing students for careers in the field. Bonneville Foundation has curriculum materials.
-Future goal: programs at Sutherlin and Glide schools