2017 Events

Get plugged in! Find a workshop or event to help your community spark on-the-ground clean energy projects.

January

18
Energy Democracy Round Table
January 18, 12:00pm

Date/Time: Thursday, January 18th 12:00-1:30 PM

Location: Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library. 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Lunch & Learn: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.

Register: Here

Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions
While the utility monopoly model still currently dominates our energy system, the shift toward decentralized, distributed, and locally owned energy production – energy democracy – is growing and gaining momentum as a political, economic, and social movement. Energy democracy has also opened new spaces for collaboration between the environmental movement and movements for social and economic justice to promote solutions to climate change, and economic exclusion and exploitation. Especially in the current political environment, energy democracy is a powerful tool for taking back power, both literally and figuratively, to shape a community’s energy future with important environmental and economic implications.

Join Island Press author and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative Denise Fairchild for a conversation about her new book, Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions and how to build the movement for energy democracy. Dr. Fairchild will bring a national and policy context with case studies from around the country and the larger implications of this social, political, and economic movement. Steve Gelb, Emerald Cities’ Seattle Director will discuss local work to link greening our cities with advancing equity through initiatives that promote economic inclusion and environmental and social justice.

Speakers
Denise Fairchild is the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high-road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Denise is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable and community economic development, domestically and internationally. Her civic and political appointments have included the California Commission on Regionalism, the California Economic Strategy Panel, the California Local Economic Development Association, the Urban Land Institute National Inner City Advisor, the Coalition for Women’s Economic Development and the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board. She has lived, worked and educated her two sons in South Los Angeles since 1977 and also served as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s special advisor for South L.A. Investments.

Steve Gelb is the local Director for the Seattle Emerald Cities Collaborative. Steve began his career in the outdoor industry where he held leadership positions in business development and directed product development teams at Eddie Bauer and JanSport. He redirected his career to help improve the environment and make our society more equitable by helping to found SustainableWorks, a residential energy efficiency program in Washington State, and served as its Executive Director. While there, he helped pioneer a community based model with a one-stop-shop that retrofitted over 500 homes. SustainableWorks pioneered High Road Workforce Standards in the residential energy efficiency sector. With Emerald Cities Seattle he has partnered with the City of Seattle on a High Road Agreement for residential contractors and a Community Workforce Agreement for commercial contractors that insures quality jobs and opportunities for the apprentices and those under-represented in the construction workforce. He has also helped create programs to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to non-profit owned affordable housing. Steve holds a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Denise and Steve will also be joined by local energy and social equity experts.

30
Energize Rogue Workshop – Roseburg
January 30, 5:00pm

Join your neighbors at the Roseburg Holiday Inn Express on January 3oth to Energize your community!

Registration does not bind you to participating in the program or installing a ductless heat pump in your home. Registration simply means that you are interested in attending a workshop to learn more and receiving a quote through the campaign. There is no cost and no obligation for attending a workshop or getting a quote. Visit here to register today.

This workshop is brought to you by Craft3 who are our sponsors of Energize Rogue. Thank you Craft3!

31
REAP Workshop – Lewis County
January 31, 5:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Chehalis Library, Lewis County

When: January 31st, 5-7pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

February

06
REAP Workshop – Pacific County
February 06, 5:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Cranberry Museum, Long Beach, Pacific County

When: February 6th, 5-7pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

06
REAP Workshop – Grandview
February 06, 6:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Bleyhl Farm Store 940 E. Wine Country Rd., Grandview

When: February 6th 6-8pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

07
REAP Workshop – South Yakima
February 07, 10:30am

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: South Yakima Conservation District

When: February 7th 10:30am – 12:30pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

08
REAP Workshop – North Yakima
February 08, 5:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Kittitas Event Center, North Yakima

When: February 8th, 5-7pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

10
REAP Workshop – Grays Harbor
February 10, 1:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Grays Harbor PUD

When: February 10th, 1-3pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

13
REAP Workshop – Mason County
February 13, 5:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Mason County PUD

When: February 13th 5-7pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

15
Solar Projects for Affordable Housing
February 15, 1:00pm

This webinar will discuss ownership and finance pathways for solar projects for public and affordable housing.

Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO of Urban Ingenuity, and Wayne Waite, current principal at Waite & Associates and former Regional Energy Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will present solar financing structures for public and affordable housing, including models using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), tax equity investment, power purchase agreements and ownership flips, blocker corporations, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

Panelists:

  • Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO, Urban Ingenuity
  • Wayne Waite, Principal, Waite & Associates

Host: Nate Hausman, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

To Register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2892419656381805057

22
Thurston County – Rural Energy Workshop
2/22/18 Time TBD

Spark Northwest has partnered with the Washington Conservation Commission to organize a series of clean energy workshops for farmers and rural small businesses across Washington. Attend a workshop to learn about clean energy technologies, current opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support. Discover how you could get assistance to purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems.

  • Thurston County – February 22nd, more information to come

Email ChristineC@PierceCD.org for to register, or with any questions.

22
Renewable Energy Workshop – Prosser
February 22, 5:30pm

Interested in energy efficiency or renewable energy but turned off by startup costs? Learn about grant assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies & financing support available to farmers & rural small businesses to purchase energy-efficient equipment or small-scale renewable power. Attend Renewable Energy Workshop Thurs Feb 22 at Benton PUD in Prosser, 5:30-8 pm. Light dinner served. RSVP to ChristineC@piercecd.org

22
REAP Workshop – Thurston County
February 22, 6:00pm

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Kiperts Feed Store, Olympia, Thurston County

When: February 22nd, 6-8pm

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

24
REAP Workshop – Lynden
Time TBA

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Whatcom Small Farm Expo, Lynden

When: February 24th

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

28
REAP Workshop – Cowlitz County
Time TBA

Are you interested in reducing your business expenses or environmental impact through energy efficiency and renewable energy? Have they been turned off by the starting costs?

There are new opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington State Conservation Commission, Pierce Conservation District, and Spark Northwest are hosting free workshops across the state on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get energy conservation ideas off the ground. A light meal will be provided.

Where: Cowlitz PUD, Cowlitz County

When: February 28th

RSVP and more information

Please send your RSVP and questions to Chrissy Cooley at the Pierce Conservation District (253-845-9770 ext. 104), ChristineC@piercecd.org

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