Authors: Green For All
On Tuesday, August 22, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited South Carolina to participate in a series of events with Congressman James Clyburn highlighting the role of small business in a clean energy economy. Secretary Chu and Rep. Clyburn were joined, among others, by Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Jon Carson, Director of Office of Public Engagement at the White House; and Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League.
Small businesses are the engine of the American economy, powering job growth and economic productivity.
More than 400 small businesses and 26 buyers and representatives from seven Federal agencies participated in this event, making it one of the biggest events for contractors that the small town of Orangeburg, South Carolina, has ever seen. Event sponsor Rep. Clyburn emphasized the need for continued innovation in energy efficiency and renewables, with remarks that all those involved, especially the contractors out in the field must identify best practices that show how the savings outweigh the costs.
PHOTO: Damien LaVera
During the afternoon matchmaking session, Green For All partner Sustainability Institute was invited to speak about energy efficiency and renewables. Sustainability Institute is a regional DOE Better Building grantee through another Green For All partner, Southeast Energy Alliance, and runs CharelstonWise, an energy efficiency program in Charleston, S.C.
Following the Small Business Summit, Secretary Chu attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a wind turbine at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.
I think the things that Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is doing are very, very important for the future of the United States.
After the wind turbine tilt-up ceremony, Secretary Chu headed to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., with Clyburn to attend an event with the SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance, where USC President Harris Pastides and others gave the Secretary an overview of fuel cell and energy research at USC and the state's role in promoting the hydrogen economy and future fuel sources.