A sort of agenda for 12.11.2014

I’d emailed Polly Dalton twice and had gotten one response. It seems Dean Gazza is locus for considering emissions (generally and re new library) in the city of Appleton. Perhaps members will have ideas on how to approach a carbon emissions accounting system for Appleton. Mr. Gazza’s CV is online.

Some of us are writing position papers for the group. We can hopefully go over these a bit.

Getting involved with Sierra Club in particular and reaching out to other groups in general.

Where to do another presentation.

Notes on 11.20.2014 meeting

The Northwest Earth Institute was discussed noting their format of education is possibly a good idea (I’d argue minus the paper and the fees). I.e., reading assignments, discussion groups and actions.

It was agreed that we should come up with talking points, a platform and an educational “pamphlet” (hopefully it will stay online).

One member plans to contact a former official of the City of Appleton to enquire on the status of the plan for the new library. The possibility of using the library in raising awareness as well as possibly getting the most environmentally friendly build possible was discussed.

I contacted sent an email to an alderperson who it is thought will be interested in global warming issues. I asked about the existence of a carbon accounting office in the city of Appleton government, and in it’s absence whether we could create on in or out side of the city government.

Finally we discussed the library display case. Model(s), photos, digital picture frame and books were considered.

Spoke to Todd Llewellyn at FVTC Sustainibility Center

The FVTC Sustainability Center is where the FVTC electrician program is housed. A small part of the program is PV installation. I spoke to Todd about the possibility of having FVTC students install some PVs over a parking lot, and he said we’d have to talk to his superior (George) who would then likely have to move it up the command chain.

Todd also pointed out the issue of who would maintain the PV installation would be an issue. I asked if that could be a teachable activity for his students. He pointed out they wouldn’t be able to rush to the installation in the middle of class to do it, and I assured him no installation of the this type would be mission critical. They currently order PVs (and supplies?) from a San Francisco company, and I asked him if we could locally source… (there are several PV companies in WI, but I’m not sure what their production level is, or if they are of a research nature)… he didn’t really respond, going back to he’s open to the idea, but it would have to be approved from on high.

Updates

In response to having someone following this website (though members of our group tend to stick to Meetup and now FaceBook), I’ll post to this site with important updates in the case we end up no longer using Meetup or FB in the future.

The big news is that on October 29, 2014, we’ll be presenting a video at the Appleton Public library, at 7:00 pm in room C. After the video we hope to engage participants in a discussion about solutions to global warming.

I’ll make a separate post of the list of solutions we’d come up with. Hopefully the assembled audience at the 10.29 meeting will have more to add, and concrete paths to implementation.