About the CAC
AREVA’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of respected and credible influencers who advise and recommend communication policies, strategies, and pertinent messaging for key audiences in the U.S. Since 2009, this group has been committed to raising awareness about the benefits of carbon-free energy solutions by engaging members of their own national and regional, diverse advocacy organizations in objective and factual dialogue through interaction and educational outreach.
The mission of the AREVA Community Advisory Council is to raise awareness of various energy topics and to build a dialog in respective communities of color and progressive advocacy organizations.
CAC members have contributed to this outreach effort in several ways:
We formed the Community Advisory Council (CAC) to raise greater awareness of the benefits of clean energy technology, including nuclear energy and renewables, and to build a working group of representatives from influential organizations who will informally advise the company on energy and sustainability issues. At the same time, AREVA representatives can respond to questions and concerns of these organizations about these issues.
“When it is about energy, there must be no taboo subjects,” said Laurence Pernot, vice president of communications at AREVA. “All issues, including the tricky ones, must be on the table. And when it is about nuclear energy in particular, public concerns must be taken seriously and addressed honestly. If Governments must show leadership and continuity, nuclear industry must be open to public debate. And we – AREVA – are convinced that, through genuine dialog, all legitimate concerns can be overcome. That is why we have decided to create this Council … to foster a dialog. For us, it is key and the only way to build sane relationships with our stakeholders.”
The National Associations of Neighborhoods (NAN) and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement co-chair the Council. As part of the work of the Council, the members receive periodic briefings from AREVA about upcoming technologies, business plans and company announcements. This is an opportunity to gain insight from some of the best minds and often overlooked communities on important issues critical to the energy debate.
Groups attending the kickoff meeting in Washington, D.C., on 12/22/2009, included the National Urban League, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the US Conference of Mayors, League of United Latin American Citizens, Earth Echo International, MANA: A National Latina Organization, the Democratic Governors Association, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Center for Asian American Women, National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, the Progressive Policy Institute, the National Association of Neighborhoods, Cuban American National Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, National Council of Asian American Business, the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, Greenlining Institute, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association.