The 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.
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 .
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
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
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
- 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
Meeting was adjourned at 7:49 p.m.
NGO Sustainability, Inc.
Annual Board Meeting (April 10, 2013)
Roma Stibravy, Elisabeth M. Kovac, Jesse Pichel, Frank Pinto, Karin Sham Poo, Irmeli Viinanen, H.E. Palitha Kohona
Magdalena Garczynski, Kevin Brown
Steven Blank, Travis Bradford, Henry Tibensky, Waruna Sri Dhanapala, Michal Tonnhauser, H.E. Jarmo Viinanen
- Introduction of the President
- Attendance at the New York Times “Energy For Tomorrow” Conference on April 25, 2013
- Roma will represent the organization at the US and International Geothermal Conference, April 11th
- Solar Cars and Lighting Conference in Fairfield County hosted by the Connecticut Green Bank
- Report of the Secretary (Elisabeth M. Kovac)
- Report of the Treasurer (Karin Sham Poo)
- Jesse Reported on the status of fund-raising
- Updates on the Liberia project
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30, followed by a most gracious dinner hosted by H.E. Jarmo Viinanen, Ambassador of Finland, and Irmeli Viinanen