The 100 attendees included municipal officials, professional planners, extension educators, planning/zoning board members, community leaders and land managers. The conference evaluation indicated that the conference increased understanding on the need to take a systems approach to energy transitions.
impact statement issue
There is a growing awarness that we need a better educated citizenry and local officials on energy issues. There is a need to increase energy literacy and to help provide frameworks for assessing any number of energy development scenarios.
impact statement response
Conference was offered March 2011 in Watkins Glen entitled: A Systems Approach to Energy Transitions: Land, Economic and Community Transformations. The goals included 1) increase overall comprehension of major energy transitions, 2) increase energy literacy, 3) increase capacity to assess emerging energy development scenarios, and 4) encourage planning for the future.
impact statement summary
The divisiveness around potential hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale has opened a broader dialogue about how we are to responsibly meet our energy needs.