100% Renewable energy: You can do it | Gordian Scale & Speed of the Car: Disconnection 1 month ago   17:39

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This talk is a wonderful global perspective on climate change and the effective actions we can take as individuals to collectively save the planet. Gordian Raacke is executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy systems. With a degree in civil engineer and 25-year track record on regional energy issues, Mr. Raacke will portray why and how we must and will transition to a 100% renewable energy supply glocally.
Gordian was a founding member of the Long Island Offshore Wind Initiative established in 2002, helped build the solar market on Long Island, and was trained by Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. In 2011, he led an initiative to study a one-hundred percent renewable electricity future for the region. He chaired the Energy Sustainability Committee of the Town of East Hampton and serves on the Town of Southampton Sustainability Committee, helping to formulate and implement community-wide 100% renewable energy goals. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Scale & Speed of the Car: Disconnection 100% Renewable energy: You can do it | Gordian 1 month ago   15:46

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We have largely built our American landscape around the scale and speed of the car. Nicholas will explore the significant and sometimes unintended consequences of the various negative impacts this has had on our connection with people, the economy, and the environment. Nicholas Monoyios is the Long Range Planner for The Rapid transit authority & Project Manager for their Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit project. Along with his 17 year professional tenure at The Rapid, his extensive academic background in Urban Sociology and Urban Policy/Planning has been cultivated into an expertise for navigating the role that transportation has within the complexities of the urban ecology. In addition to adjunct instructing for GVSU in their Masters of Public Administration program, Nicholas has been involved in many regional planning initiatives. He is currently appointed to the Mobile GR Commission in addition to other mayoral advisory committees, and is also Chairman of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI). Nicholas lives in Grand Rapids with his lovely wife Emily and their beautiful daughter Clara, and when he’s not involved with city building or family time, he can be found playing pinball and/or contemplating various soccer strategies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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