This past Wednesday, Hodges Badge Company’s Vice President, Jane Sousa traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in Rhode Island Energy & Environmental Leaders Day. Hosted by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office, the day brought together members of Rhode Island’s environmental and energy groups with national leaders from Congress, the EPA, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and the Council on Environmental Quality.
Given our company’s interest in green manufacturing and clean energy, not to mention our wind turbine in-the-works, we were honored to be included in the discussions with such high level policy makers. Among the highlighted speakers were Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, Senator John Kerry, Senator Jack Reed, and Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the EPA.
Discussions covered topics ranging from current research at URI and Brown on the changing state of Rhode Island’s ecosystem and the Narragansett Bay aquaculture, to opportunities for green jobs, to federal programming and funding available to the state’s businesses and organizations for environmental projects.
When I asked Jane what she took away from the summit, she said she felt good about Hodges’ efforts to install the wind turbine, given the serious consequences of carbon pollution on Rhode Island’s environment.
“We’re doing our part, but there are many more things available [besides wind power] to help Rhode Island businesses preserve environmental resources” she added.
While the Leaders Day was a unique event, Hodges Badge will continue to pay close attention to local environmental policy issues leading up to the October installation of our wind turbine. And of course, you can count on the blog for updates!
Update: Senator Whitehouse’s newsroom has put up a photo gallery of the event http://tinyurl.com/3almo3y