Meeting Minutes for August 8, 2016

DOUGLAS COUNTY SMART ENERGY

MEETING NOTES

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.

His suggestions:

-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.

Comments/Responses/Questions:

-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.

 

RARE Update

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 solartoursignup@gmail.com 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