NGO Sustainability, Inc. Board Meeting

January 23, 2014

Residence of H.E. Palitha Kohona

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Food Crisis PictureThe small town of Furnace Creek, California’s exposure to the heat wave has greatly diminished the quality and quantity of the 40% contribution it supplies for American agriculture. Its exposure to the Western drought has diminished groundwater supplies and increased energy costs due to the demand for pumping. One strategy that has been implemented is promoting the use of locally produced compost to increase the moisture-holding capacity of fields.  Investing in climate change adaptation would also be more cost-effective than the 11.6 billion invested in crop insurance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/opinion/our-coming-food-crisis.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

 
 Secretary of State John Kerry urged India to begin addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gases emissions, even as the country attempts to bring electricity to tens of millions of its citizens. Kerry emphasized that though he recognizes India’s paramount commitment to eradicate poverty, climate change could cause India to endure excessive heat waves, droughts, as well as food and water shortages. India has consistently rejected efforts by developed countries to slow down its energy consumption for fear that it would retard its economic growth and hamper its drive to reduce poverty. For this reason, Kerry reassured India that protecting the environment could be consistent with India’s economic development by improving energy efficiency and spurring investment in green technology. He urges India to engage actively in the negotiations for the post-Kyoto Treaty. The 190-plus signatories to the United Nations Climate Convention have agreed to complete a new treaty with binding legal force by the end of 2015.
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On June 19th, 2013, President Roma Stibravy attended the North American Independence Conference. The featured keynote speakers included Hon. Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta. Panelists were John Hofmeister (Citizen for Affordable Energy),  Hon. Ken Hughes (Minister of Energy, Alberta), Sean Klimzak (The Blackstone Group), Peter Kruselnicki (TransCanada), Gordon Lambert (Suncor), Charles R. Morris (Century Foundation), Thoedore Roosevelt IV (Barclays Capital), and Anthony Yuen (Citigroup Global Commodities Research). Some of the features panels included: Building the Future: Energy Infrastructure and Finance, Protecting the Future: Innovation, Environment, & Climate Change and Securing and Growing the Future: The Role of Energy in North American Security and Economic Competitiveness .

 

 

 

 
Interns Tiffany Powell (L) and Ayah Zaki (R) with President Roma Stibravy at the 2013 NYC Solar Summit CUNY

Interns Tiffany Powell (L) and Ayah Zaki (R) with President Roma Stibravy at the 2013 NYC Solar Summit CUNY

 

On June 4, 2013, The President and two interns attended the NYC Solar Summit at the City University on New York, an initiative to address barriers to solar and support market growth in the New York areas. There were five panels: Breaking Solar Barriers in NYC, ‘The Tipping Point doe Solar in New York’, NYSolar Smart: Statewide Collaboration, Emergency Power: Solar Steps up to the Plate and ‘Realizing the Values of Solar in the U.S. The Panel discussed a variety of subtopics such as the goals for the New York Green Bank, how to get a point where the private sector takes over solar, a 21st Century grid, challenges to the PV Market installation, strategies for unlocking PV in New York City, CVI Smart: Solar Market Analysis, Roadmapping and Tracking New York, the NY-Sun-of-Systems Program, the NY Solar Smart Plan, what Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters taught us, and making solar energy mobile. One of the most interesting speakers was Lyle Rawling, President and CEO of Advanced Solar Products, Inc., who talking about solar storage, the implications of the suture of PV from Superstorm Sandy, and the need for highly distributed emergency power in the form of solar.

 

NGO Sustainability, Inc. Board Meeting

June 12, 2013

Office of Elisabeth Kovac, New York

In Attendance

Board Members:

David Spiecher, Elisabeth M. Kovak, Frank Pinto, Harriet Schmidt, Henry L. Tibensky, Karin Sham Poo, Roma Stibravy

Interns: Ayah Zaki, Lu Pang, Tian Wang, Tiffany Powell, Yanan Zhang

Observers: Ambassador Frantisek Ruzicka, Ashok Vasudevan

From left: Ayah Zaki, Tiffany Powell, Frank Pinto, Henry Tibensky, David Spiecher, Elisabeth Kovac, Lu Pang, Tian Wang Front: Roma Stibrvy, Harriet Schmidt. Yanan  Zhang

From left: Ayah Zaki, Tiffany Powell, Frank Pinto, Henry Tibensky, David Spiecher, Elisabeth Kovac, Lu Pang, Tian Wang Front: Roma Stibrvy, Harriet Schmidt. Yanan Zhang

AGENDA OF BOARD MEETING, June 12, 2013 at 6:00pm

1. Introduction of the President.

a) Welcome new Board Member

b) Introduction of Observers

c) NGO Sustainability Brochure and Website

d) Introduction of Liberia Project

e) U.S. China Summit

f) Meeting of American Solar Energy Society

g) Meetings in Washington

h) Co-sponsorship of UN Program- The Yale Group on Climate Change Negotiations, May 3, 2013; Co-sponsorship: Missions of Sri Lanka and Palau, and       NGO Sustainability

i)   What was New at Rio+20

j) Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

2. Report of Secretary

3. Report of Treasurer

4. Report of Board Members

-    Frank follow up on GA Resolution concerning “Greening of the Blue”

    – Harriet and Irmeli

a) Program with Diplomatic community

     – David

a) Fundraising

-    The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

5. Upcoming Events

-    Masdar; Geothermal Energy; Calvert Investment Management (Bennett Freeman); Endurance Wind Power (Andy Kruse); NRG Manresa Power plant

From Left: Ashok Vasudevan, Ambassador Frantisek Ruzicka, Frank Pinto, Tiffany Powell, Ayah Zaki, Roma, Stibravy, Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Karin Sham Poo, David Spiecher, Tian Wang

From Left: Ashok Vasudevan, Ambassador Frantisek Ruzicka, Frank Pinto, Tiffany Powell, Ayah Zaki, Roma, Stibravy, Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Karin Sham Poo, David Spiecher, Tian Wang

 

June 12, 2013 Board Meeting at the Office of Elisabeth Kovac

June 12, 2013 Board Meeting at the Office of Elisabeth Kovac

President, Roma Stibravy

President, Roma Stibravy

Meeting was adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

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