Thanks to all who participated in yesterday's
planning meeting - Diane Clemens, Charlie Mauch, James Ferrill, Bridget Jensen,
Charles Seaman (the new guy), and Feliciano Olivero. We successfully
brainstormed and organized HREG 1) Activities, 2) Identity, 3) Goals, and
Please note that at any time any of you may submit
ideas or proposals for activities or projects.
This summary is intended to share the planning
highlights and to lay out the process to complete "the plan". An Initial
Plan 2001 will be presented at the January general meeting (SUNDAY 1/28/01 2 pm
at TSU). Feliciano will summarize goals and strategies, through
consideration of the Houston region's energy growth and energy reduction
trends. By the March general meeting (Sunday 3/25/01) a Final Plan 2001
will be adopted, containing an updated Mission Statement, Vision Statement,
Goals, Tactics, Strategies, and Schedule.
ACTIVITIES (so far...)
+ Solar Go-Cart - upgrade form last year
+ Earth Day (April 7 - Charlie Mauch will submit
application and research getting a fuel cell demo)
+ Demonstrations (for kids and adults)
+ Million Solar Roofs (informing,
+ Volunteering/Tabling at the Museum of Natural
Science (Wiess Energy Hall)
+ Field Trip to the Houston Solar Energy Center
+ House tours (solarized, energy efficient, novel
+ Participation in CEC (Citizens Environmental
+ Project (solar energized lighting) at Armond
Bayou Nature Center
+ Attend Rice Environmental Conference (February 3
- Charlie Mauch plans to attend)
+ Tabling/Membership campaigning at alternative
energy workshops (incl, February 24 at Greenway Plaza)
+ Feature speakers at the general
+ Teach or speak at schools
+ Work projects with Boy (and Girl)
+ Solar Cooking Picnic
+ Field Trip to Cat Spring, TX (Permaculture,
+ Attend building industry conferences
+ Monitor indicators (of city quality of life,
energy use, etc.)
+ Research and promote technologies,
like thermal paint, geothermal, etc.
+ Monitor for DOE website updates
+ Solicit energy companies to go solar
+ Survey banks for loan potentials
+ Promote solar pool heaters
+ Recruit former Houston Solar Energy Society
+ Work with Habitat for Humanity
+ Field Trip to UT-H solar facility
+ Read Al Gore's book
+ Read RMI's book "Natural Capitalism"
+ Gather data on Houston - demographics, costs,
+ Get the story on Grid Inter-Tie in
+ Show videos (Infinite Power of TX, What's Up With
+ Address Housing Developers - private and
+ Conduct energy audits
+ Promote Earthshare in Houston
+ Raise funds
+ Pursue grants and/or studies
+ Attend Solar 2001 and other
+ Volunteer, support, prepare for Roundup
+ Continue the 'Houston RE News'
We are primarily an educational organization.
We recognize the growing energy needs of the region. We recognize the
vested interests of the energy and electricity industries. We communicate
with and inform the general public, public officials, the media, and to perhaps
a lesser degree, industry. We are not an industry group. We act as
an RE information clearinghouse to serve the aforementioned four
1) Achieve an assessment (inventory) of the
region's energy profile, including usage, RE adoption, awareness.
2) Educate measurable numbers of people, groups,
3) Grow the adoption of RE principles and systems
in the region.
4) Support major events in the area, particularly
in conjunction with the CEC.
5) Support TXSES, including growing
6) Lead, support, and complete demonstration
7) Update HREG website - information links,
Houston-relevant data, tips, etc.
8) Achieve recognition and/or awareness by public
officials, including those working to implement the SIP.
9) Produce new brochures and/or documentary
10) Grow HREG membership, including recruiting
former HSES members.
11) Raise funds, to cover copy fees, application
fees, project costs.
12) Have FUN.
STRATEGIES (TBD by
Tactics to meet goals (example: letter writing,
phone banks, tabling, literature drops, etc.)
Approaches to Problem Solving
Contact List (outside HREG)
Training Plan (assess skills, allocate volunteering
Focalpoints (within HREG; example: Legislative,
Social, Technical, etc.)
That is all for now. Remember, ideas
welcomed. See you at the general meeting on the 28th at TSU.
Jonathan A. Clemens