APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Through the established Billion Acts of Green platform, EDN will work with individuals, governments, and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions collectively by one million pounds through renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. EDN will engage with each stakeholder group in the following ways:
For Individuals: EDN will identify participants from the pool of Billion Acts of Green activists and encourage them to purchase renewable energy credits, install renewable energy technology, and embrace energy efficient appliances in their homes.
For Governments: Working with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and Applied Solutions, EDN will provide participating governments with information on alternative energy and help develop policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency that will reduce the government's carbon footprint.
For Corporations: EDN will work with each participating corporation to develop an energy efficiency and renewable energy program that sets targets for carbon emission reductions through the purchase of energy credits, carbon offsets, and the installation of renewable energy technology.
With every participant, EDN will work with Native Energy to provide the tools to calculate the reduction of carbon output and, through A Billion Acts of Green, provide a platform to share these efforts with the world's leaders at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
EDN is in the process of identifying governments and corporations that are outside of the environmental movement and who are interested in improving their sustainability to participate in this initiative. Relevant CGI members are encouraged to become involved as either a participant or a partner. Once the candidates are selected, EDN will work with them to identify opportunities to switch to renewable energy, and will help calculate the amount of carbon saved by their actions. As a byproduct of these stakeholders' transition to renewable energy sources, the initiative will reduce the world's carbon emissions by 1 million pounds.
September 2011 - Launch program at CGI conference
October 2011 - Begin working with selected stakeholders to reduce their carbon emissions
November 2011 - Develop policy ideas for governments to enact and renewable energy programs for businesses to embrace
December 2011 - Continue outreach and development of policies and programs
January 2012 - Register commitments from 5,000 individuals, 1 government, and 3 businesses
February 2012 - Continue outreach and begin finalizing policies and programs
March 2012 - Register commitments from a total of 15,000 individuals, 3 governments, and 7 businesses
April 2012 - Continue outreach and managing relationships
May 2012 - Finish program; register a total of 25,000 individuals, 5 governments, and 10 businesses
June 2012 - Present accomplishment at Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
In the absence of a comprehensive international plan to secure a sustainable future, individuals, organizations, and businesses must embrace environmentally sustainable lifestyles and together secure a sustainable future for all. Actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and greater efficiency must be embraced by all of society if the worst of climate change is to be avoided. As national governments are currently unwilling to lead the way, it falls upon individuals, businesses, and local governments to take up the renewable energy standard. EDN's Billion Acts of Green - Renewable Energy for All campaign will work with these stakeholder groups to facilitate their adoption of renewable energy thereby reducing carbon emissions.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities, Other
EDN seeks partnerships with organizations and businesses that are involved in green initiatives and are interested in pursuing renewable energy.