In Brevard, Rare Opportunity to hear Lena Hansen! America can transition to a new Profitable Economy Base upon “Reinventing Fire”.

On April 4, 2011, Lena Hansen , a native Transylvanian and a principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute will be home to visit her parents.  She has graciously agreed to present a power point presentation on RMI’s forthcoming book entitled “Reinventing Fire”.

RMI is one of the nation’s leading think-tank consulting firms focusing on energy issues. Click here to go to their web site  to get a flavor of their work at Rocky Mountain Institute. Without a doubt, we are very fortunate to have this opportunity to hear Lena describe their work and views of how America can transition to a new profitable economy base upon “Reinventing Fire”.

The meeting will be held on April 4th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm in the Rowgow Room of Transylvania County Library.�

Please put this on your calendar it will change your life and how we look at energy use.  As can be seen on there web site just in the below Transportation article and Building practices, their commentment to energy savings and the future is huge! The following is from their site: 


Transportation uses 72 percent of U.S. oil. Designing and leading fundamental change in the transport sector is daunting, but RMI’s track record of intervention, and our unique, efficiency-driven strategic insights, offer an opportunity for effective leadership in secure and sustainable transport.

RMI is focused on catalyzing profitable, efficiency-led solutions to eliminate this reliance on oil, following the strategy we detailed in “Winning the Oil Endgame.” First published in 2004, this influential Pentagon-cosponsored report shows how the United States can get completely off oil by the 2040s—profitably, at an average cost of $15/bbl (2000 $)—through integrated, technological, business and policy innovations emphasizing efficiency-focused, business-led transformation of vehicle designs.

We see fleets as an important lever for change. Major fleets’ adoption of “fit” vehicles and productive operations will increase demand for bold efficiency solutions, prompting manufacturers to invest in redesign and retooling.

Another huge way to save energy is with building construction practices as indicated once again from their web site. I did not include the retrofit but look at their site and start now with proper retrofit practices.


RMI’s buildings practice finds new ways to use less energy to achieve the same—and even better—living and working conditions. We raise the performance and lower the cost of retrofitting existing buildings and develop best practices for new building construction.

There is a huge opportunity to raise the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and making them more profitable, pleasant, healthful and productive to occupy.

  • Buildings use nearly half of all the energy consumed in the U.S.—72 percent of all electricity
  • Existing U.S. buildings total approximately 300 billion square feet; every year five billion square feet of new space is built and another five billion renovated
  • By 2035, about three-fourths of U.S. floorspace will be new or renovated

Traditional ways to save energy in commercial buildings are inadequate in both depth (savings per square foot) and scale (square footage improved each year). Current trends and performance levels would increase fossil fuel use in U.S. commercial buildings by 2050.

Yet modern technologies could save six times as much energy as, say, building 100 nuclear power plants, while saving nearly half of U.S. and electricity and decreasing, not increasing, utility bills.

RMI has identified three primary barriers to efficiency:

  • Lack of a compelling “radical efficiency” business case for owners and tenants
  • Scarcity of skilled practitioners
  • Obsolete design processes and tools

See you at the Library and this is one event I will not miss so please mark your callenders and please send an RSVP three weeks in advance as seeting is limited to our Plannin and Economic Develoment Manager Mr. Mark Burrows at or call (828) 884-3205