Monday, May 27, 2013 — The problem remains that there aren't many financial incentives for not-for-profit-organizations—schools, churches, etc. — to implement such changes.
“It's not that we don't know how to do this,” Koster said, “It's that we have unfavorable leadership—and that falls on your shoulders.”
As a solution Koster urged a marrying of the private and public sectors, with the one investing in the other. This method, Koster explained, is more profitable in the long run while allowing investors to see the physical outcomes of their investments. Initial building or retro-fitting is often performed by local contractors as well, which returns money to the community.
“My hope is that you'll realize that there are a lot of scary things out there, more than we know about . . . and there are simple solutions to each one,” Koster said.
After the presentation, attendees were invited to a book signing and reception.
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was founded in 1996 to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country. For more information, visit www.CenterForTheEnvironment.org or www.CampaignForCleanAir.org.