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Footnotes Issue #54: February 22nd, 2012
2012 Georgia Water Coalition Capitol Conservation Day
Want to come down and see how the sausage is made under the Gold Dome, live and in person, and maybe even influence it? Register for Georgia Water Coalition's Capitol Conservation Day on Tuesday, February 28.
Issues that are likely to be at the top of the agenda (of course, subject to change) include SB 269 and SB 415, which our lobbyist describes as follows: Senator Jeffares of Locust Grove ran into a bit of trouble with SB 269 on Wednesday, February 15, when his bill was set for consideration by the Senate. SB 269 was recommitted to the Rules Committee for more work. Because SB 269 would have eased penalties for water pollution, and because of recent disastrous pollution spills in GA waters, it seemed that the bill could not muster the 29 votes it would need to pass the Senate.
Several of you wrote in despair after reading Footnotes Issue #52 Will Solar in Georgia Ever Break Through? because you wanted something you could do to make a difference. Well, a few weeks later, you are in luck. Senator Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) and a bipartisan coalition of Senate Leadership has introduced SB 401, which would remove the restrictions on solar. Read more about it in the AJC article last week, or the Athens Banner Herald article earlier this week.
Georgia Power, the EMCs, and the Georgia Chamber are opposing this bill, and your Senator needs to hear from you. Click here to send them a message asking them to support Solar Freedom in Georgia.
Sierra Club Meetings
Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference - February 22-23
Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference -- the nation's leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy and create good, green jobs -- is headed to Atlanta! The conference will feature two days of exciting speakers and informative workshops, bringing together community leaders, union members, environmentalists, business leaders, and elected officials to discuss how each region is, block by block, building the foundation for a green economy.
Chattahoochee-Oconee Forest Trail Assessment Survey - Deadline March 2nd
Do you hike in Georgia's National Forests? If so, help the USFS with a trails assessment project where they are assessing 220+ miles of non-motorized trail in four Georgia Ranger Districts. The information that you provide in this survey will be used to guide the consultants' field assessment of each of these trails, as well as the final recommendations regarding each of these trails. Take the survey.
Greenprints Conference March 7-8
Now in its 15th year, Greenprints is a high-level forum for the sustainability-driven conversations that define our times. A gathering place for regionally and nationally renowned building science and design experts, as well as building industry professionals, Greenprints facilitates conversations between researchers and on-the-ground practitioners.
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