From this article, it seems that Department of Energy (DOE) hasn’t determined exactly what energy solutions will be a part of an energy park at the Savannah River Site. The Savannah River Site is a nuclear materials processing center located in South Carolina.
If the DOE is considering a range of solutions as diverse as nuclear, biomass and Fusion reactors, this project could be a good fit for using social media. With this range of possibilities, social media tools such as Twitter or Facebook would enable to Savannah River Site to quickly communicate information about the different alternatives and shed light on their decision-making process.
While the Savannah River Site does have a Citizens Advisory Board, social media tools could help the DOE communicate with interested parties who are not part of the Board and who cannot attend a Tuesday meeting during lunch because of work or family obligations. Social media would also help the DOE address the concerns of persons like Tom Clements, the Southeast campaign director for Friends of the Earth, who is asking for more public involvement and transparency.
Wondering how to get started? The American Planning Association’s Planning magazine recently ran an article on social media and planning. The title of the article is “Improve Your Social Standing” but you have to have an APA membership to view it. Or you can contact me, and I can email you a copy of this article.