ICLEI Welcomes Two Councils of Government in the Southeastby Don Knapp
ICLEI is pleased to welcome two regional affiliates to the Southeast Region. Hailing from the capital region of South Carolina, Central Midlands Council of Government serves four counties (Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland). Recently, Central Midlands COG released and RFP for a regional sustainability plan covering Richland and Lexington counties as well as Columbia, South Carolina’s capital and long-time ICLEI member. ICLEI tools and resources such as the Sustainability Planning Toolkit will help Central Midlands COG develop a strong and effective plan.
Triangle J COG serves a seven-county region including North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh (seeing a trend here…) and has been active in the region’s sustainability conversations for some time now. Similar to Central Midlands COG, Triangle J is starting the process to develop a regional climate action plan. The plan will focus on developing the clean energy economy, for which the Triangle region is already well positions with its leading research institutions and manufactures in smart grid, biofuels and LED lighting.
The clean energy economy focus aligns well with the other project Triangle J is working with ICLEI on: Triangle J COG was one of four national awardees of Green Business Challenge Implementation Packs. This will be the first regional Green Business Challenge and will provide recognition and guidance for businesses in the region to reduce their energy use and green their operations.
Triangle J COG facilitates the Council for a Sustainable Triangle, a group of sustainability directors from local governments, universities, and corporations in the region. Triangle J's regional work with ICLEI will enhance the programs already being undertaken by the several ICLEI members in the region.
Have questions about becoming a regional affiliate? Check out the Join ICLEI section of the website or call your regional office for more information.