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 Commonwealth of Virginia Energy & Sustainability Conference
 Meeting the Climate Change Challenge
 September 17-19, 2008     Greater Richmond Convention Center




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2008 Commonwealth
of Virginia Energy
and Sustainability

The 2008 Commonwealth of Virginia Energy and Sustainability Conference (COVES) focused on "Meeting the Climate Change Challenge."

The Climate Change Challenge provides opportunities for policy solutions, technological innovation, and economic development. COVES 2008 is Virginia's premier statewide conference that will showcase the actions that state and local governments, institutions, and businesses in Virginia and across the country are taking to meet the most pressing environmental and economic issue of this century.

The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, spoke at COVES 2008.

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From the Office of
Gov. Timothy Kaine
December 21, 2007
The Virginia Energy Plan recognized that Climate Change is one of the most pressing issues facing us with regard to our use of energy.
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The Virginia Energy Plan identified four overall goals, one of which is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025, bringing emissions back to 2000 levels.
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The Commission on Climate Change reflects the Governor's goal to consider the impacts of climate change and responses to those changes from economic, environmental, social and governmental points of view. The commission will issue a report with recommendations by December 15, 2008.

Full Text of the December 21, 2007 Press Release

Full Text of Executive Order 59

Hear national keynote speakers:

  • Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute, on the state of the world and sustainable solutions to Climate Change;
  • Ken Ostrowski, Director, McKinsey & Company, on the economic bottom line for energy and carbon reductions;
  • Neal Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, on their new study on the energy efficiency potential in Virginia; and
  • Don Juhasz, P.E., CEM, Chief, Energy and Utility Programs, U.S. Army, on the U.S. military’s energy security and independence initiatives.

    Sign up for Workshops, Tours, & Seminars:

  • Biosolids Renewable Energy Technology Forum
  • The Perfect Storm: How Tight Budgets, Increasing Energy Costs and Old Buildings are Impacting our Ability to Maintain Public Facilities -- A Workshop on Financing Building Upgrades
  • Hydrogen: Promising Energy Security
  • VCERC: Virginia Offshore Wind and Marine Biofuel Potential
  • Alternative Energy Tour at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Energy Management in Motor Driven Systems Seminar
  • Green Building Tour #1: Chesterfield County Community Development Building
  • Green Building Tour #2: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Sciences Building #2 -- Downtown Walking Tour
  • V-REMS Green Building Workshop: Real-Life Examples and Easily Achievable Solutions

    Find out about Virginia's work on Climate Change issues from state officials, including Steve Walz, Senior Energy Policy Advisor to the Governor; Nikki Rovner, Deputy Secretary for Natural Resources; and State Senator Frank Wagner. Hear regional, state, and local experts discuss Climate Change solutions that work in Virginia to reduce energy and environmental impact.

    Additional features of COVES 2008:

  • The Exhibit Hall, which features Green Products, Alternative Fueled Vehicles, and a Green Building Poster Gallery.
  • New! The Opening Night of the Exhibit Hall on September 17 will be free to the general public,
  • Go on tours of Green Building projects,
  • Participate in pre-conference events.
  • Find out about the Greater Richmond Convention Center's Green features, and
  • Enjoy local food that will be served at the COVES 2008 Conference.

    COVES 2008 conference topics will include

  • Policy options at the national, state and local levels to reduce carbon emissions;
  • High performance and net-zero energy building design and operations;
  • Academic and government sustainability initiatives;
  • Investment and economic development opportunities in a low-carbon future;
  • Renewable energy technology and other clean energy resources;
  • How manufacturing, service, and agriculture sectors are addressing the carbon challenge;
  • The changing climate's effect on Virginia’s natural capital;
  • Finding alternatives to traditional transportation fuels and systems;
  • Smart urban planning's role in reducing energy expenditures;
  • Technological innovation in the U.S. and international marketplace.

    Who will attend

    COVES 2008 will bring together 400-500 participants from the across the Commonwealth and the mid-Atlantic region from sectors that include state and local government, educators, business and industry, facility managers and owners, design and engineering companies, academic institutions, economic development agencies, homebuilders, community organizations, transportation and agriculture, and the military.

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    Thinking Globally

    American Petroleum Industry


    Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy

    Climate Protector

    Covanta Energy


    Moseley Architects


    Energy Saver

    DPR Construction, Inc.


    Johnson Controls

    Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

    Pepco Energy Services


    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries


    Acting Locally

    Fresh AIRE – Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions

    Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

    Engineered Services Inc.

    U.S. Green Building Council
    Hampton Roads Chapter
    National Capital Region
    SouthWest Virginia
    James River

    Herman Miller, Inc.

    Osage BioEnergy LLC

    Siddall, Inc.

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Virginia Housing Development Authority

    General Motors

    Hampton Roads Hydrogen


    Marion Construction



    Green Steward

    Christian & Barton LLP

    Alten LLC

    Spectrum Design

    American Trucking Associations


    September 17 Reception Sponsors



    Steel America

    Weeks Marine


    Conference Bag Sponsor

    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market


    Exhibit Hall Lounge Sponsor

    Chasen's Business Interiors


    Organized by VSF Forum
    Virginia's Sustainable Future