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Arlene Burns will participate in opening plenary session, 'The Climate Crisis: How to Take Bold Actions That Pay Off'

The Go Clean Energy Conference, a free, online event, is set to begin Sept. 15 and end Oct. 2.

The conference will feature 30 experts to help individuals, businesses and government agencies to transition to a cleaner, more efficient way of operating, according to a press release from 350Deschutes, the nonprofit organization hosting the event.

Arlene Burns will participate in the opening plenary session, "The Climate Crisis: How to Take Bold Actions That Pay Off." Burns is the Democratic candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives for the 59th, which includes Jefferson County.

Business representatives will learn from world-renowned expert C. B. Bhattacharya, author of "Small Actions, Big Difference," who will discuss how sustainability boosts the bottom line for businesses.

MaryAnne Harmer and Tom Hering will also discuss benefits to small businesses, with plenty of real-life examples.

A presentation on Commercial Property Assisted Clean Energy, CPACE, will help commercial businesses and manufacturers learn about a new financing method for building upgrades that features lower interest rates and amortizations that follow the building rather than the owner.

Several sessions are geared to governments, fleets and businesses: how to procure renewable energy, beneficial electrification, microgrids, solar plus storage for resiliency, green transportation, energy efficiency, electric bikes, electric cars and car charging.

Builders' sessions will address how to capture all the new incentives to build a net-zero energy home. Also, green appraiser Sandra Adomatis and Dennis Smith will present on valuing and financing these homes.

Homeowners of existing homes can attend sessions on energy and efficiency retrofits and when they make the most sense, as well as how to build that value into a home's sale price.

Other sessions include topics as diverse as electric induction ranges, how to get incentives to make solar installation affordable, and transportation options.

Everyone can learn about the new Oregon Climate Plan, specifically its benefits to both rural and urban communities. As well, the Oregon Department of Transportation will discuss how to benefit from the changes ahead as the agency begins to look at its work from a climate and equity lens, along with incentives that are coming.

Visit GoCleanEnergy.org to sign up for each individual webinar. Participation will be limited.


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