Here’s a press release I received from the Sierra Business Council:
Climate Change Optimists: program sees opportunities for Sierra Nevada Communities
Green energy and climate change innovators on the verge of greatness listen up. A group of likeminded organizations are throwing down the gantlet to encourage Sierra Nevada community teams to take their percolating ideas to the next level at the Sierra Leadership Institute’s Energy and Climate Program 2011.
Over the past decade, 300 community leaders from Lassen County to Mariposa County have graduated from Sierra Business Council’s innovative Sierra Leadership Institute (SLI). This year, SLI will shift its individual leadership focus to team-building and collaborative leadership skills with a climate change and green energy imperative.
“Individuals will apply for and attend the program as part of a community team representative of their community’s diverse interests,” says Steve Frisch, President of the Sierra Business Council (SBC).
The five-day workshop will be hosted in Auburn, Calif. and build upon SBC’s existing SLI program to create a model focused on energy and climate issues. In addition to the traditional leadership skill-building segment, SBC will provide energy and climate training and support team projects in these areas to demonstrate that climate change presents opportunities, not just challenges, for Sierra communities.
From water conservation and energy saving innovations, to building retrofits and renewable energy projects, the scope of the energy efficiency projects are limited only by the imaginations of the applicants.
Betony Jones, founder of Fourth Sector Strategies, one of the SLI’s developers, explains the ethos behind its new direction.
“It’s about working with community teams and giving them the collaborative and technical skills and resources to implement projects,” she says. “Communities can turn climate change obstacles into financial savings and investment opportunities. The talent and the resources are here. We have a program to get them together and put them in action.”
Sierra Business Council (SBC) is now accepting applications for the SLI – Energy and Climate Leadership Program to provide fully-funded leadership training and technical project assistance to teams around the Sierra Nevada. Successful applicants will be awarded a full tuition waiver and room and board for participating, as well as technical assistance and guidance for implementing projects. The program is valued at $45,000-50,000 per community.
Five teams consisting of five to seven individuals will attend a week-long training workshop, June 20-24, 2011 in Auburn, Calif. Participants will learn collaborative leadership skills with special attention to the climate and energy policy landscape in California, climate and energy science, California energy regulatory agencies, energy efficiency strategic planning efforts, and opportunities and resources for clean energy transformation. Importantly, program staff will provide technical assistance and guidance before and after completion of the course to turn concepts developed in the course into viable projects.
SBC is partnering with a variety of state and national partners and funders on different components of training and leadership courses they refer to as the Green Prosperity Initiative. The program is primarily funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an Innovator Pilot Project.
Please contact Sierra Business Council at 530.582.4800 or visit http://www.sbcouncil.org/slienergyclimate for more information. Deadline for the application is March 4, 2011.
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