We’re going on the road to meet with GEO members, supporters, and community leaders in clean energy to solicit input on future GEO programs and projects. We have chosen to hold the events at local craft breweries to recognize their commitment to sustainability through recycling grain, installing renewable technologies, and pursuing energy efficiency.
The first event was held at the Homestead Beer Company in Newark on Monday, February 12. We had an excellent turnout of folks from throughout the community, including those who have been active in residential solar for many years. We heard about Denison University’s new solar array, discussed the need for assistance as local communities develop new projects, and identified educational opportunities.
Up next is Athens on Monday, March 5 from 5:30-7:30 at the Little Fish Brewing Company, followed by Columbus on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00-9:00 at the Land-Grant Brewing Company. We’ll be visiting the Maumee Bay Brewing Co. in Toledo on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:30-8:30. Please watch the GEO website and Facebook page for more details and announcements of meetings in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Cleveland between now and early April. The results of these discussions will be presented at the GEO Annual Meeting on April 26 in Columbus. More details on that to follow soon.
So, what do we hope to learn? The bottom line is that we want to know how GEO can better serve our members and supporters. What is the most important energy issue in your community? How can we help you advance local initiatives, share lessons learned, and replicate your accomplishments
? In any successful organization there's a risk of staying within your comfort zone, but in a changing energy landscape, it's important to look at issues and resources in new ways. The mark of a strong organization is the ability to view change as a path to even greater success.
We are asking you not only to join us, but to guide us as well.
See you on the road!