College forum extols virtues of 'going green'

It’s not always easy going green, but Cape Codders are more than willing to try. It’s just a matter of figuring out the best ways to do so.  Ferreting out answers to that dilemma, and others, was the focus of a special green energy forum held Dec. 2 in the Lyndon P. Lorusso Applied Technology Building at Cape Cod Community College.  Hosted by 4Cs president Kathy Schatzberg and facilitated by Richard Lawrence, coordinator of clean energy at the college, the event featured local green energy panelists and an update on state efforts from Ian Bowles, secretary of the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

...Chris Powicki, president of the Cape and Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative (, discussed the group’s new CIGoGreen initiative, which includes a regional energy action plan...Powicki also told the standing-room-only crowd that it’s time to move forward with “The Project Not to be Named,” i.e. Cape Wind.“Locally it has to move forward,” he said. “We can’t just put our heads in the sand.”  In Powicki’s opinion it’s time for Cape Cod residents to determine how they will leverage the project when it gets built, as opposed to “if.”

Bowles, serving as keynote speaker of the event, seemed to agree with Powicki.  “Massachusetts is long on talking about renewable power,” he said. “We’ve allowed ourselves to be in a position where we haven’t done the building we need to do.”Click here to read this article in the Barnstable Patriot