Doug Luciani, CEO of TraverseCONNECT, is part of a delegation of local chamber leaders invited to speak at two sessions at the Global Action Climate Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 12-14, 2018. He was selected because of the leadership he has shown throughout his career in advancing and supporting through innovation and clean energy. He will share the Traverse City Area’s achievements with a global audience of investors, government representatives, and businesses.
“I am proud to participate in this important gathering, and honored to share Traverse City’s leadership with the global business community,” Luciani said. “I also look forward to returning with more information about how to ensure Traverse City’s resilience in the face of extreme weather events and other natural disasters, and the leadership role the private sector is playing throughout the world.”
Under Luciani’s leadership at TraverseCONNECT, which includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the business financing organization Venture North Funding & Development, it developed a comprehensive and strategic energy policy that calls for the region to bolster its commitment to, and development of, alternative and renewable energy sources.
The Chamber has also developed a program with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) offering free energy savings audits for small businesses in the Grand Traverse region. TraverseCONNECT also participates in a Voluntary Green Pricing Program where 100 percent of its energy consumption is purchased from renewable energy sources.
Venture North, working with Traverse City Light & Power Co., also administers an Energy Efficiency Loan Fund which allows businesses served by the utility to secure interest-free loans to finance energy efficiency improvements at their operations.
“TraverseCONNECT and its affiliate organizations have been leaders in advocating for responsible energy policy, and promoting energy efficiency and sustainability measures across the Grand Traverse region,” Luciani said. “I look forward to sharing these efforts with participants at the summit, and learning more about similar initiatives going on in other communities around the country and the world.”
The Global Climate Action Summit, which is being organized in partnership with the United Nations, will bring together government, business leaders, investors, and the philanthropy community from six continents to discuss clean energy, climate change, investment, and economic development. The goal is to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments.
Luciani will participate in two sessions in which he will highlight how the Traverse City Area is a leading innovator on important economic development sectors, such as technology and clean energy. They are:
- The Business Case for Smart Climate Clean Energy Policy, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the LYFT headquarters.
- Local Chamber CEOs: A View From Red & Purple States on Clean Energy, Resilience, Economic Development, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Bay.
Luciani is co-chair of the advisory board of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE), a network of 1,300 local chambers of commerce that share information about the economic development benefits of innovation and clean energy, and how to attract investments to communities.