|Green Government Initiative Newsletter: February 2014|(read more)2 weeks ago Welcome!
Welcome to the NACo Green Government Initiative’s monthly newsletter! Each month you'll receive updates about programming and events to keep you up-to-date on all things GGI-related. To make sure you're caught up on all of our workshops, forums, webinars and other items, click here to sign up for the Green Government Initiative Newsletter
REGISTRATION OPEN! County Renewable Energy Solutions Forum
|County Innovation Network Online Community|
Written by Bert Jarreau, NACo Chief Innovation Officer.
To kick off 2014, we are pleased to announce the County Innovation Network (COIN) at www.CountyInnovation.US. COIN is a private, managed online community for local government leadership and staff. The goal of COIN is to enable counties to share the wisdom of the crowd nationally, for learning, discussion and decision-making.
COIN brings the following opportunities to extend collaboration:
- Beyond the county elected officials to include staff members from counties, state associations, NACo affiliates, economic development authorities and municipalities.
- To all 3,069 counties.
- Beyond conferences, with knowledge-sharing all-year round.
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The COIN community includes services for:
|Registration is Open for NACo Renewable Energy Solutions Forum|(read more)5 weeks ago
Is your county looking to expand its energy portfolio or develop a renewable energy program? Renewable energies have become more efficient, reliable and affordable, and technology has allowed for renewable energy to be developed from once-unused sources.
To help you understand how renewable energy can help your county meet its sustainability goals and save money, NACo’s Green Government Initiative will be hosting the Powering County Resilience: Renewable Energy Solutions Forum this March 20-22in Santa Barbara. The one-and-a-half day forum will bring together county leaders and industry experts to share how they’ve implemented sustainable energy solutions, including geothermal heating and cooling and landfill-to-gas conversion. Through presentations, panel discussions and site visits, you will learn new wa...
|Coastal Resilience Planning Guide Now Available for Great Lakes Region|(read more)5 weeks ago Written by Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow.
The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide (GLCR) is a website that provides regionally relevant resources related to natural hazards and climate change resiliency to county and municipal communities in the Great Lakes region. Jeff Stone, project manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (one of many partner groups involved in the GLCR’s creation) says, “We created a resource which is regionally transferrable from one community to another, all around the Great Lakes.” The GLCR is a versatile tool, neatly organized into several sections that allow you to learn about and help mitigate the issues at hand from whatever background you may come.
|Environmental Purchasing Programs: Buying Green to Save Some Green| (read more)7 weeks ago One of the most effective ways for a county to meet its triple bottom line is by changing what it purchases. A sustainable purchasing program, or an environmentally preferred purchasing program (EPP), can help counties purchase goods that reduce their impact on the environment and public health without compromising on quality or cost.
Through an EPP, a county considers a number of aspectsabout the goods and services it purchases, including the production, manufacturing, packaging and distribution, maintenance, reuse and disposal. EPPs can help counties save taxpayers’ money through reducing water and energy usage, lowering pollution rates, increased recycling rates, and decreasing the amount of waste sent ...