Closing Plenary: Accelerating Progress Towards 100% Renewable Energy *
* Approved for (1, 1.5, 1.75) AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Units
Moderators: Paulette Middleton & Elaine Hebert
Opening Remarks: Carly Rixham
Mark A. Davis is the founder and owner of WDC Solar, Inc., a minority-owned and operated solar installation company located in a low-income section of Washington, D.C. known as Anacostia. WDC Solar, Inc. was created with the intention of providing access to solar energy to all socioeconomic classes in Washington, D.C. Six years ago, Mr. Davis created a low-income solar program in conjunction with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. The program offers free solar systems to low-income residents who meet certain income requirements. The program has been a tremendous success. In 2016, Mr. Davis plans to implement similar programs in other Urban markets. Mr. Davis also has spent a considerable amount of his time personally giving solar installation training classes, at no cost, to low-income residents in the District of Columbia. Through the training program many course graduates have been able to secure long term employment as solar installers in the burgeoning Green economy.
Mr. Davis has been deeply involved in the solar industry for the last six years. He is cognizant of, and conversant with, the latest technological advances in the industry.
The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, was one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize the changing climate as a moral issue. She is founder and president of The Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power & Light campaign, which currently has18,000 congregation members in forty states. Rev. Bingham serves on the national board of the Environmental Defense Fund, and the advisory board of both the Union of Concerned Scientists and Climate One. She has received many awards including in 2012, the Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the Audubon Society and the Life Time Achievement Award from the Festival of Faiths and in 2014, the Bishop of California Green Cross Award. Rev. Bingham is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, a collection of 21 essays on environmental stewardship by religious leaders, published by St. Lynn’s Press.