Springs – The State University of New
York today hosts an energy and sustainability summit, which will explore the
nexus of energy, environment, economic development and education.
In addition, the conference
will serve to advance the recommendations contained in the SUNY Energy Task Force report, which addresses management and planning,
transformational opportunities in teaching, curriculum and research, as well as
conservation and sustainability for SUNY campuses.
and reduced energy consumption are among our highest priorities,” said First
Lady Silda Wall Spitzer. “By bringing together the public and private sectors
to discuss research, development, and education, New York can produce better
energy and environmental policies and practices for the benefit of all New
Yorkers. I applaud SUNY, NYSERDA, and DASNY for helping to raise awareness of
these critical issues.”
SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr.
John B. Clark said: “By taking what we learn in the laboratory about energy
sustainability and green-fuel technology, and putting it into practice on our
campuses, we can reduce energy consumption and cut green house gas emissions.
SUNY will also develop programs and curriculum to help educate our students
about the energy and environmental challenges we face and they, in turn, will
become tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers.”
SUNY Faculty Senate President
and Upstate Medical University Professor Carl P. Wiezalis said: “SUNY faculty
are focusing research, teaching, and curriculum on meeting the challenges of
high energy costs, pollution, climate change and more. SUNY faculty are ready,
willing and able to work with the government and the private sector to achieve
our goals and to solve our problems.”
In addition to First Lady Silda
Wall Spitzer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
President and CEO Paul D. Tonko and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Executive Director David D. Brown are among the featured speakers. A number of NYSERDA
and DASNY staff, as well as business leaders, SUNY faculty, campus presidents
and SUNY System Administration staff are also participating in the conference.
NYSERDA President and CEO, Paul D. Tonko said, “Raising awareness
about the many energy and environmental challenges we face today will help
inspire the faculty and students throughout the SUNY system. We at NYSERDA are
pleased to be a part of this Energy and Sustainability Summit and look forward
to collaborating with higher education institutions to jump-start Gov.
Spitzer’s ‘Innovation Economy,’ which will result in a cleaner environment,
advances in on-site generation technologies and the creation of new jobs right
here in New York State.”
David D. Brown IV, executive
director of the Dormitory Authority of New York State said: “Effective energy
planning and environmental stewardship can only be accomplished through
collaboration and cooperation. This sustainability conference is a great
opportunity to ignite thinking and action on these critical issues. SUNY will
play a key role in the success of this process because of its state-wide
presence and its vast wealth of intellectual resources.”
Exhibits include an alternate
fuel car, go-cart and motorcycle and a table top solar/hydrogen powered home.
More than a dozen SUNY campuses will have displays on residential renewable
energy, environmental health and safety orientation, residence hall energy
savings, biowaste conversion to bioenergy through gasification, sustainability
in art design, teaching energy literacy through high school applied physics and
other relevant topics.
The conference will proceed
along three parallel tracks: Research and Development, Policy and Practice, and
The specific goals of this conference
- Highlight the launch of new
SUNY Energy Policy,
- Showcase and promote research
in energy and environmental areas by SUNY faculty and students (graduate
and undergraduate), including innovations in energy technologies such as biofuels
and fuel cells,
- Raise Awareness across SUNY
of timely and critical issues involving energy use and its impacts on
environment, climate, health, public policy, national security and
- Disseminate information on
policy and practice; funding opportunities and technical support through
NYSERDA and other public and private agencies, and
- Energize the SUNY community
by showcasing Sustainability initiatives in higher education, including
innovative curriculum across disciplines, green buildings, student-led
initiatives, community outreach and technology transfer.
The summit is being held at
the Saratoga Springs Hotel and Conference Center.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu