This Friday, June 28, 2013, citizens of the Arkansas sustainasphere will have a chance to gather and share notes at the inaugural Delta Green Community Forum in Forrest City, Arkansas. The theme of the forum is "Visions of Green Jobs and Renewable Energy - Preparing Arkansas' Economy for the 21st Century." The Delta Green Community Forum will be held at the East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335. Registration starts at 8:00 am, and the Forum starts at 8:30 am.
The Delta Green Community Forum will allow participants to gain a comprehensive insight into how renewable energy resources are generating a new field of green jobs in Arkansas, and how Arkansas ranks from a regional, national and international perspective in regards to legislative policies and current projects and products. The Forum will emphasize the importance of renewable energy sources and products to Arkansas’ Delta region. Participants will have the opportunity to network with many of the foremost authorities, experts and advocates in the field. “Tool-kits” will be given to participants that contain information on best practices and models that can be implemented in their own community.
The overall goal of the Forum is to provide Arkansas Delta farmers, community-based organizations, community leaders, and residents’ insight into the development and utilization of green strategies, products, practices, policies, and renewable energy sources that support the achievement of long-term economic goals of creating more green jobs and increasing workforce productivity without compromising environmental security for the region and for Arkansas.
Define Sustainable Energy and Green Jobs?
• This panel will connect different forms of sustainable and renewable energy with job creation. Panelists will also discuss how the terms Green, Sustainable, and Renewable were coined.
Sustainable Agriculture for Arkansas’ Future
• Will address the use of sustainable practices in agriculture to increase crop yields.
Path between Policy and Renewable Energy Adaptation
• The panel will discuss federal and state policy on renewable energy implementation, specially focusing on how polices have influenced financial opportunities for wind turbines and solar panel initiatives. Panelists will also discuss policies that encourage green initiatives and overcome challenges.
Model Community Projects - Solar Panel Application
• This panel will consist on various individuals who are currently implementing green projects (e.g. solar panels, wind turbines, high tunnels, aquaponics systems, and hydroelectric systems). The panel will also discuss Existing Building/New Construction and weatherization in relation to retrofitting, new procedures and change that will take effect, as well as general information on how facilities and organization can obtain resources to complete weatherization projects.
Renewable Technology Panel
• Panelists will discuss new technologies related to fuel production and how the demand for alternative fuels such as biodiesel can be facilitated by cities converting public transportation and state vehicles to cleaner and more efficient fuels.
Events like the Delta Green Community Forum are essential to a vital, growing sustainasphere because they provide a place for stakeholders (here, Delta farmers, non-profits, community leaders and residents) to learn about and define their green economy, bridging knowledge, expertise, and opportunity. These opportunities are also the place where the law of sustainability is born, because as citizens come to recognize themselves as stakeholders in the sustainasphere, they will also come to recognize the public policies necessary for the sustainsphere to grow and thrive economically and socially. This, of course, is also where the law of sustainability is born.