Forum to bring Southern green business leaders together
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Go Solar! Think Green! 50 MPG Patriot! Today’s bumper stickers reflect individual concerns regarding America’s consumption of fossil fuels. Often, these concerns focus on the need to reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere and to lessen our consumption of foreign oil. What’s not often discussed is the third imperative for “thinking green”: economic opportunity.
The Green Economy Forum hosted by Southern Growth Policies Board, the SAFER Alliance, and North Carolina State University will focus on the economic opportunity of the South’s researchers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and service providers in powering the South’s green economy today and into the future. Forum participants will hear directly from Southern business owners and entrepreneurs on:
• Greening your business and your products
• Energy efficiency and renewable energy as ways to improve profits
• Current and emerging opportunities in alternative fuels and renewable energy
• Public policy activity, such as the Tennessee Solar Initiative
Three prominent keynote speakers include the following:
• Harry Wingo of Google who will discuss the opportunities and barriers to a smart grid and Google’s efforts to move the industry forward;
• David Kirkpatrick of SJF ventures will bring a venture capitalist’s perspective to the opportunities of the green economy in the South; and
• Kil Huh from the Pew Center on the States will discuss the current and future job opportunities of the green economy.
This meeting will take place on October 23, 2009 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Durham, NC. Advanced registration is required. Visit the web page at www.ncsu.edu/feop/renewable/ or call 919-515-9563.
About Southern Growth Policies Board
Southern Growth Policies Board is a public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Formed by the region’s governors in 1971, Southern Growth Policies Board researches and develops economic development policies by providing a forum for collaboration among a diverse cross-section of the region’s governors, legislators, business and academic leaders and the economic and community development sectors. Southern Growth provides its members, and the region, with authoritative research, discussion forums and pilot projects in the areas of technology and innovation, globalization, workforce development, community development, civic engagement and leadership. To learn more about Southern Growth Policies Board, visit www.southern.org.
About the Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance
The Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance was formed in 2006 to provide strategic leadership in advancing and leveraging renewable energy initiatives in the South. States in the SAFER region are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Southern Growth Policies Board is the management and fiscal agent of SAFER. More information about SAFER can be found at www.saferallience.net.