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USGBC Cape Fear Branch: Renewable Energy Luncheon

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Join USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch for a Lunch and Learn on Renewable Energy in North Carolina. Attendees will discover what renewable energy options are viable in our state from large scale distribution perspectives as well as smaller, home owner installation options. Lunch will be catered by Chops Deli.

Keynote speakers

Geothermal: James L. Cornette, Applied Resource Management, PC, President

Mr. Cornette is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist, practicing throughout the southeastern United States. He has over 30 years of environmental field experience, successfully completing hundreds of geothermal closed and open loop projects, geothermal testing, geological data interpretation, and wellfield design support.

Offshore wind: David Rogers, Director of Environment North Carolina

David Rogers is the director of Environment North Carolina, as statewide environmental advocacy organization working to protect our air, water and open spaces. He started with the organization in 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant National Canvass Director for the Fund for the Public Interest, the organization Environment North Carolina partners with to conduct its citizen outreach efforts. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations at Environment North Carolina, Dave oversees the organizations offshore energy work including advocating for offshore wind development and opposing offshore drilling off of the North Carolina coast. He is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Biowaste: Gus Simmons, V.P., and Director of Bioenergy for Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A., NCSEA Board Member

Gus is the V.P., and Director of Bioenergy for Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A. Gus has a B.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University, with a concentration in biological waste treatment. Gus is a passionate advocate for the beneficial reuse of water, nutrients, and carbon associated with organic waste streams using innovative approaches that cultivate better stewardship of these resources. His efforts in harvesting energy and valuable co-products from organic wastes span globally in the agricultural, food processing, and municipal sectors.

Solar: Richard Groves, LEED AP ND, Executive Director of Clean Energy Events, Sustainability Instructor at CFCC, UNCW Graduate Student, Environmental Education

Richard Groves is the founder of Clean Energy Events, a Wilmington nonprofit that provides portable solar power to community events while advocating renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable practice. He is also an adjunct sustainability instructor at Cape Fear Community College and teaching assistant/graduate student in the Dept. of Environmental Studies at University of North Carolina Wilmington, concentrating on Environmental Education. Rick is passionate about North Carolina's solar potential and is working to develop informal education programs to inform the public on issues regarding solar energy adoption in the state.