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June 28, 2013

Energy Education Initiative brings forum to Freedom Point

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative along with the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) will present a free forum on renewable energy and energy management strategies on July 9 in Clarksville.

The forum, held at Freedom Point at Liberty Park (1190 Cumberland Dr.), opens at 8 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. after the keynote lunch presentation. Advanced registration can be completed at

This forum will be the second Tennessee Energy Education Initiative event in Clarksville. The forum will provide business owners and municipalities insights on alternative energy sources and new industry developments. Presentations will offer information on landfill diversion and the use of methane for energy production, compressed natural gas for fleets, and lighting upgrades. The half-day event is packed with useful information on implementing energy improvements.

Programming begins with addresses by Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan to discuss the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Initiative. Other speakers include representatives from PHG Energy, Bi-County Landfill, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Industrial Energy Efficiency Network, Tennessee Gas Association, Clean Line and Global Green Lighting.

Mayor Shane Bemis of Gresham, Ore. will conclude with the keynote lunch presentation on the city’s use of clean energy and new technologies. The city of Gresham is a national model for sustainability, significantly reducing its carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’ve received great response at previous events on these topics and wanted to make the information available to Clarksville-area leaders. “Businesses and individuals alike are able learn and implement the techniques that will be discussed to be more energy efficient,”  said Warren Nevad, director of TREEDC.

TEEI logo_smThe Tennessee Energy Education Initiative was created through a public-private partnership led by the TDEC Office of Energy Programs. It provides in-depth training and educational tools to businesses, public officials and communities to support the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management projects.

Funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the U.S. Department of Energy and TDEC Office of Energy Programs, the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative is coordinated by Pathway Lending and supported by energy-focused organizations statewide.

Information on the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative and related events is available at or through Pathway Lending at (615) 425-7171.

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