Networking the Region’s Energy Leaders
Communities that have a solid strategic approach to energy management take more meaningful and lasting steps toward reducing their energy use and reliance on fossil fuels. Institutionalizing attention to energy issues through the development of sustainability departments and public engagement bodies can help communities focus on cutting edge policies for achieving their goals. The Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office’s Municipal Energy Commissions Network (MECN) helps southeast Michigan communities to establish an energy committee or commission with local expertise to keep communities’ focuses on developing and advancing their Energy Management Plans; networking civic leadership on energy across the region to share best practices.
To foster collaboration on energy projects that can be shared regionally and across the state, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office held a Regional Convening on Friday, November 6th, 2015 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, hosted by the City of Dearborn at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
- Built networks with southeast Michigan citizens, municipal staff and elected officials with an interest in energy and sustainability;
- Were a part of designing a cross-commission collaborative energy project; and
- Learned best practices for creating, appointing and running energy and sustainability focused public-body committees and commissions.