The culmination of nearly two years of work for Australia’s inaugural Community Energy Congress was rewarded with a sell out success, with more than 350 delegates gathering at the National Library in Canberra.
In the words of Embark, a member of the Organising Committee: “… the participants gathered across 4 days to share, learn and build a strong movement for our emerging sector. The Congress provided a beacon of hope in the midst of the political storm around renewable energy.”
A key part to building the movement was the deliberative democracy process applied to the new National Community Energy Strategy. The Strategy is being finalised and will be published shortly. Several dozen new strategic initiatives were also brought to the Congress, with dozens of delegates expressing interest to take ongoing involvement with their implementation.
Check out the Congress Harvest site for copies of the presentations as well as a fantastic photographic essay of the event. You can also see a sample of the significant media coverage which was achieved.
Starfish would especially like to acknowledge the Institute for Sustainable Futures for their extraordinary leadership in creating the Congress, particularly their lead staff and researchers ~ Nicky Ison and Edward Langham.
Starfish is proud to have been a member of the Congress Organising Committee. Starfish is also a founding member of C4CE.