The next Voinovich School Lunch and Learn at The Ridges on October 20, 2017 in Bldg. 21, Room 105 will focus on alternative energy in Southeast Ohio. Eddie Smith, Master of Public Administration candidate, and Sarah Conley-Ballew, Voinovich School MPA graduate, will present on current initiatives to develop renewable energy resources and bring rate relief to southeast Ohio through community choice aggregation
Community choice aggregations are local, nonprofit, public agencies that allow cities to combine the buying power of individual customers so that they can secure alternative energy supply contracts on a community-wide basis. Community choice aggregations are used in six states, and have been praised by the Environmental Protection Agency for their ability to encourage widespread renewable energy use by offering price-competitive alternatives to conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power sources.
Smith serves as the Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC), overseeing all operations of the SOPEC Council of Governments and advancing its mission and public value for Southeast Ohio.
Conley-Ballew is the founding Director of UpGrade Ohio, a nonprofit organization that drives demand for clean energy in southeast Ohio through community-based educational initiatives. She believes that her purpose is to serve as a catalyst for community development in Athens
Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this fall, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on Fridays from noon-1 p.m.
Please take note of the following upcoming Lunch and Learn dates:
- October 27: Transboundary Conservation: Examples from Southeastern Europe
- November 3: Getting Started with Using Social Media for Work/Career
- November 17: The Voinovich Collections
- December 1: Voinovich School Student Panel