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Virtual Conference Features Top Leaders on Clean Energy, Economic Development, Green Communities … Live Online & Free, April 4- 6

TALLAHASSEE, FL (PRWEB) March 28, 2012

A multi-day Virtual Conference will be aired over the Internet on a host of topics important for the future and today . The 2012 “Smart Future” Virtual Conference, Expo & Jobs Showcase will feature over 30 national leaders and state experts on clean energy, smart community planning and sustainable economic development. The event will take place via Webcast on April 4 -6, 2012 at

The broad purpose of the event is to help create a future founded on clean energy resources, efficient resource use, green communities and sustainability. The Conference will equip participants with a wide assortment of ways to achieve these goals … from innovative green technology choices … to “smart planning”, design and development approaches for communities … to strategic means of economic development, job creation and business support … to creative environmental protection solutions … and more.

There is no-charge to attend the event, but advance registration is required to ensure access.

No special equipment is needed to take part; just a computer and Internet connection. Registrants can come and go to any or all sessions using a single access link (URL).

An unprecedented faculty of over 30 national leaders and state experts will present, such as: Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy (DOE); Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency; Shelley Poticha, Director, Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD); Mitchell Silver, national President, American Planning Association; Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Kateri Callahan, national President, Alliance to Save Energy; Liz Thorstensen, Vice President, International Economic Development Council; and Dr. James Fenton, Director, Florida Solar Energy Center.

The Conference will provide a wide range of tools, models and resources for making the shift to a green future. Attendees will learn the latest strategies, technologies, tools and options for making communities green, bolstering local economies, tapping renewable energy and energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases and achieving sustainability.

According to Marcia Elder, Executive Director of the Future Is Now Foundation: “The purpose of the Conference is to help bring about a better future through green communities and a resilient, sustainable economy.” Adds Elder, “We’ve brought together an amazing faculty of top national leaders plus state experts, all in a free event that you can attend from wherever you are.”

The audience for the Conference will include decision-makers and professionals with local and state governments, regional planning and environmental authorities, non-profit associations, economic development agencies, energy related industries, other businesses and industries, educational institutions, community organizations, elected officials and the public.

The Conference is part of a larger initiative called “Smart Planning for a Green Future. It has received funding support from the State Energy Office through the Florida Energy & Climate Commission. In-kind support has been provided by a diverse mix of state and federal agencies and other organizations.

1000 Friends of Florida President, Charles Pattison, notes: “The Conference is part of a larger, far-reaching initiative to bring about positive change.” Pattison adds,“The program will combine the concerns of energy, environment and economy in a unique way designed to make a difference for the future.”

The program agenda, registration form and related details are available at: Also on this site are replays of monthly live events from 2011-12 on a range of timely topics for the future and now.

The program is hosted by the Future Is Now Foundation and 1000 Friends of Florida. Both are 501c3 non-profit organizations.

The Future Is Now Foundation is based in Florida and national in scope, providing nonprofit capacity building services, technical assistance to public agencies and public education programs. Their long-time expertise includes the online environment, professional development skill-building and subject matter specialties such as energy and smart planning. Their overall goal is creating a brighter future for people, communities, the environment & animals. Marcia Elder is their Executive Director and their Website is

1000 Friends of Florida specializes in community planning and growth management, including implementation of Florida’s growth management policies. They promote healthy urban and natural places by wise management of growth and change. Their slogan is: “We save special places, promote smart planning, fight sprawl, inform citizens & help build better communities. 1000 Friends was established in 1986. Charles Pattison, FAICP, is President & CEO, and their Website is

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