2008 Abingdon Forum

2009 Best Practices

Regional Forums


 

More than 175 people attended these two regional gatherings on May 7 in Richmond and on May 8 in Roanoke. The one-day sessions provided local elected officials and professional staff from around Virginia an abundance of practical help to begin or to advance their energy saving and sustainability efforts.

 

Forum speakers discussed many of the policies and actions described in the Green Government Challenge and Green Schools Challenge that can lead to becoming a certified "Green Government" or "Green School." In addition, those attending heard the latest on the availability of federal stimulus money for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG).

 

An assortment of presentations, handouts and photographs from the forums are posted below.

 


 
 
Green Tips
Turn off your computer and monitors at the end of the workday whenever possible. If you leave your desk for an extended time, turn off your monitor. Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.). In particularly inefficient appliances, standby power use can be as high as 20 watts, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "For a single appliance, this may not seem like much," the laboratory's Web site says, "but when we add up the power use of the billions of appliances in the U.S., the power consumption of appliances that are not being used is substantial."

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