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SCCF, TCH to co-host program on green energy

By SCCF - | Mar 17, 2021

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and The Community House will co-host a virtual presentation, “Solutions for a Sustainable, Renewable Energy Future for Sanibel and the Region,” on March 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The conversation will focus on building a green energy future to protect property values, sustain water and ecosystem health, and keep the economy vibrant.

It will feature a panel of four speakers introduced and moderated by Bob Moore. Moore is an SCCF volunteer and co-founder of the Lee County Climate Reality Project with his wife, Ariel Hoover.

The speakers will include:

– SCCF Environmental Policy Director James Evans. Evans will explain why resiliency and climate change policy is critical for Sanibel from the perspectives of water quality/ecosystem protection, quality of life, and economic prosperity.

– Dunedin Mayor Julie Bujalski and Dunedin Sustainability Coordinator Natalie Gass: Dunedin is a coastal city with many similarities to Sanibel and is one of the Florida cities that has made a commitment to transition to 100 percent, clean renewable energy in its city facilities by 2035 and citywide by 2050. Bujalski and Gass will discuss how the city came to make that commitment, why it believes it is important to the city’s future prosperity, and the plans to achieve it.

– Bailey’s General Store owner Richard Johnson: Johnson will speak about the benefits of rooftop solar from the perspective of a business owner, focusing on why it makes business sense in direct cost savings and for building goodwill in the community.

– Solar United Neighbors’s Gulf Coast Regional Coordinator Julia Herbst: Herbst will explain how SUN has worked to make solar affordable for homeowners and businesses through the organization of solar co-ops. She will also address the policy initiative it is working on to legalize solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) in Florida. PPAs are a funding mechanism that make it easier for schools, municipalities and nonprofits to finance solar projects and benefit from the cost savings.

There will be an opportunity for audience questions, with discussion by the panel members.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-for-a-renewable-energy-future-for-sanibel-the-region-tickets-142536086271.