Saturday, February 27

Environment Ohio,

Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy, Ohio’s 15th Congressional District

– Luper, Neidenthal & Logan, Matt Beirlein, LEED AP, Attorney (Moderator)
– City of Columbus, Erin Miller, Environmental Steward
– M+A Architects, Matt Canterbury, LEED AP, Director of Business Development
– MORPC, Tom Andrews, Energy Efficiency Program Manager
– Tipping Point Renewable Energy, Eric Zimmer, CEO

  • Green memo #2. Get a copy and look at it.
  • Why Green
    • Social urgency
    • Economic savings, the cost
  • Current low energy prices are not incenting people to save.
  • How can we get people to look at the long term?
  • Other areas of the country have the problems that are not in Ohio.
  • How to bring awareness to Ohio?
  • We are looking at energy in pieces.
  • Need to set policies on a long term.
  • To get main stream, energy savings must affect economics.
  • Look at water electricity, and heating all at the same time and how they affect each other.
  • What are the holistic ties of energy in the community? What are the holistic concerns?
  • What is your passion and expertise? Use your expertise to push your passion.
  • What are the programs to teach inner city, lower income areas the importance of Green?
    • Green for All – group to help lower income groups with finding energy jobs.
    • Green education at the State Fair.
    • There is a Green group that works with Boys and Girls Club.
  • Find the talents of the people within the community and take those talents to green jobs.
  • What are the expectations to be green? How do we make it easy?
  • Columbus’s Green Spot needs to take the next step.
    • Gathering of Green Spot organizations.
  • Rely of the web too much to communicate Green.
  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager – free online management of building energy use.
  • What are your neighborhood assets and teach them how use those assets to green initiatives.
  • MORPC  has weatherization Assistance program for low income.
  • AEP is rolling out the smart grid in north-east Columbus.
  • Tax credits for rebate for energy appliances.
  • Columbus: Green Switch loan fund to retrofit Columbus space to green.
  • Columbus: Grant to do infills that focuses 12 areas that are green.
  • Upfront cost is the big problem.
  • Pace: through tax credits to pay upfront cost.
  • 7.4 million block grants for Columbus. 5 million for city to change Columbus infrastructure like changing all walk lights to LED.
  • The private sector does not have the economics advantages to be Green.
  • Bank incentives for green. Is there a way?
  • What is the list of incentive of green? Money?
  • Directory being put together of Columbus green companies of Columbus.
  • –directory of green funds.
  • Move towards making the widgets that are green.
  • Pull industries together in Ohio in one place to develop and fabricate green technologies.
  • One stop solutions is what will make energy efficiency grow.
  • Future businesses have not yet been determined yet.
  • State has 15 million in grants to Industrial companies to reduce carbon emissions.
  • New Building Codes are making green incentives required.
  • 4 to 5 billion dollars of Ohio school building projects are in the LEED program.
    • Gathering school’s innovations.
    • BASA and other associations are coordinating how to pool information and use it in classrooms from 250 schools.
    • Will be big schools data base from LEED design.
  • HUD houses will be built in the next couple years in Columbus