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Renewable Cities Highlights

As I mentioned yesterday, I think that Renewable Cities was the best conference I’ve ever attended. A huge reason for that was how practically oriented it was — there was a repeated emphasis on taking home for practical implementation lessons, information, and very specific suggestions from other forum participants. As just one example of that, the Mayor of Vancouver and the Deputy City Manager at one point sat on stage and took advice from members of the audience on how to get Vancouver to 100% renewable energy (a recently announced target). They sat there taking notes from various experts for about 30 minutes! The Neighborhood Energy Manager and other city staff were sitting there taking notes as well.

Renewable Cities was packed with top-notch professionals with wonderful stories and advice, bringing a lot of inspiration to the crowd. Renewable Cities organizers and volunteers were busy throughout the event working to summarize it and highlight top quotes from participants. Below is a long series of my favorite tweets from the event. (Note that it takes awhile for all of those embedded tweets to load, so be patient or grab a snack or something if they haven’t loaded for you once you get down there.)

Of course, one other thing that I guess I loved about the conference was that I was really in my element — it was the stuff we read and write about every day here on Important Media. In fact, there were dozens of CleanTechnica readers there. It seemed that 80–90% of the people I talked to were CleanTechnica readers!

If you missed Renewable Cities, I encourage you to join in next time, whether you work in a cleantech sector or are simply a passionate citizen. Unfortunately, I think the next one won’t be for another three years…. In the meantime, keep reading CleanTechnica and enjoy these tweets (starting with a few featuring a skinny, short-haired guy you might recognize):

Note that I retweeted all of those just this weekend. It’s not too late — do the same! 😀

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