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Mr. Nelson Goes to the White House

Tania Kohut on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

On April 19, Aaron Nelson, president and CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, was invited to the White House to take part in a ceremony celebrating nine individuals as Champions of Change who made a difference by innovating in renewable energy.  Nelson was invited because of his role as co-Chair of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a national network of 175 local chambers of commerce in 46 states, dedicated to helping businesses prosper in the clean energy space.

“It’s important now, more than ever, for the business community to lead the clean energy revolution.  We appreciate the White House recognizing business leaders across the nation for their leadership in innovation in renewable energy.  Chambers of commerce are committed to helping small business thrive.  Our chamber looks forward to continuing to help our members make and save money by going green and sustainable.” 

On April 4, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy announced the release of its new clean energy information platform for local chambers. Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy’s new online information hub includes:

  • Clean energy best practices – providing nearly three dozen clean energy and energy efficiency projects local chambers can replicate, including examples from local chambers across the nation;
  • An “Ask the Energy Experts” portal – allowing local chambers to ask about and receive answers on clean energy technologies, financing, policy developments, and other topics, through partnerships with national energy experts;
  • An incentives toolkit – connecting chambers to information on available tax credits, subsidies, and other incentives for clean energy projects provided by their state, utility, or federal government.

“Local chambers are natural leaders on clean energy,” said Diane Doucette, Executive Director of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. “As the go-to resource for local businesses, chambers are uniquely positioned to help their local economies grow through a focus on energy savings, clean energy job creation, and technology innovation. We are empowering chambers with the tools they need to do just that.”

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