On March 17, Elizabeth City State University presents "Communities & Conservation:
Partnerships for a Green Economy" in the K. E. White Graduate and Continuing Education
Center. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. for a series of presentations
occurring through the afternoon. This event is open to the public but reservations
be should be made by March 13th. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.
There is no registration fee.
Elizabeth City State University and The Albemarle - Pamlico Conservation and the Communities
Collaborative are hosting the event. It's the first event held to publicize the initiative
to create a green economy in the Albemarle. The meeting will feature a presentation
by Majora Carter, a globally-recognized activist in the emerging green economy. Carter
is partnering with ECSU in developing its Northeast-North Carolina Green Economy Initiative.
The Green Economy Initiative aims to join public and private organizations in
a unique partnership to stimulate economic development and job creation in the short-term,
while laying the groundwork for: (1) diversifying and reconfiguring the region's economy
to better capitalize on its rich assets while also (2) helping communities build flexibility
and resilience to respond to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
Dr. Scott Bradshaw, the director of the Center for Research and Evaluation at ECSU
is the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center for the
development of the university's green economy initiative-- a two year project. By
forming partnerships, the university hopes to stimulate green economic opportunities
in the region. Partners in the green economy initiative include: The North Carolina
Institute of Minority Economic Development; The Conservation Fund; The North Carolina
Community Development Initiative; Good Works, Inc.; Environmental Defense Fund; Albemarle-Pamlico
National Estuary Program and the Audubon Society of North Carolina. Call 252- 335-3722
or e-mail email@example.com to register.