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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fayette County Green Advisory Team

More recently, I have been getting involved with the Fayette County Green Advisory Team (GREAT). GREAT is a nonprofit group based in Fayetteville, West Virginia that works with communities throughout Fayette County on energy efficiency and sustainability.  Our ultimate goal is to help local residents, businesses, and government to reduce energy consumption.  The end result is that everyone saves money through energy efficient practices.  We are citizens for sustainability.
  One of the group's primary objectives is to register the Town of Fayetteville with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI.  ICLEI's mission is to build, serve, and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability.  ICLEI has 13 offices in 68 countries on 6 continents with over 1,200 members worldwide.  There are over 600 members in the USA representing local governments (cities, towns, counties, villages, and boroughs) committed to climate protection (adaptation and mitigation) and sustainable development. The Town of Fayetteville is the only registered group with ICLEI in the state of West Virginia! Spearheaded by the efforts of Doug Arbogast, our group is in the second phase of the program, which is to set an emissions target reduction. I'm currently a liaison and facilitator for the Task Force group, which provides support between local government and ICLEI to make progress in achieving the 5 milestone process. Below is a green house gas inventory of Fayetteville conducted in 2007.