Monday, October 17, 2011

Energ!ze Monona, Wednesday, October 19

Economic Benefits of Sustainable Energy and Sustainability with Jessie Lerner,Sustain Dane, and Jeanne Hoffman, City of Madison

Wednesday evening, October 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monona Community Center, Main Hall
1011 Nichols Road, Monona

Refreshments will be served.

Come learn about Sustainable Energy and how we can save money through sustainable measures.

Jessie Lerner, Director, Sustainable Business Initiative, Sustain Dane; and Jeanne Hoffman, Facilities and Sustainability Manager, City of Madison; with special guest Judy Ziewacz, who created the Energy Independent Communities program and has worked in government and in politics in Washington, DC and Madison for over 35 years.

This forum will give a summary of the benefits of moving toward more sustainable energy use. The advantages are varied and many. Despite often being depicted as too expensive, sustainable measures can and do save money. They also reduce costs for things we don't pay for on our energy bill, such as the health care costs of asthma from polluted air. How can we maximize the return on investment in Monona?

I hope you can join the City of Monona, the members of the city's Sustainability Committee, and The Natural Step Monona for this forum, the second of six. Once per month through February, The Natural Step Monona facilitates a forum around energy: a 20- to 40-minute presentation on the topic, followed by group discussion of our community's challenges and opportunities, and key actions to consider for moving toward ever less reliance on fossil fuels. If you're not from Monona, you are welcome to learn and share alongside us. There is much to learn, no matter where we live.

Energ!ze Monona forums are part of the City of Monona's outreach efforts around its "25x25 Plan," a plan to generate 25 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2025. The plan came from Monona's participation in the Energy Independent Communities program of the state Office of Energy Independence.

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