10:45am

Tue April 23, 2013
Energy

Planning for a Net Zero Energy Footprint

Ninth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Links at Erie Village, East Syracuse, N.Y.

Nearly 400 attended the 9th annual Energy in the 21st Century symposium.
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The Energy in the 21st Century symposium series was founded by and continues to be directed by Dr. Rhea Jezer, environmental educator and policy advisor to elected officials in New York State and beyond.  She is a consultant and advisor to candidates for election at all levels in both major political parties.  Dr. Jezer was an environmental advisor to then Senator Hillary Clinton for nine years, and worked closely with New York Governor George Pataki, President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, among others.

Dr. Rhea Jezer, Founder, Director and Host, Energy in the 21st Century symposium series
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Welcome from Dr. Rhea Jezer, founder and director of the Energy in the 21st Century symposium series.

The symposium series is a division of Synapse Sustainability Trust, a non-profit incubator of green business concepts that dramatically reduce the release of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.
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Garry A. Brown, Chairman, New York State Public Service Commission.
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Summary of the history and current status of New York State's electricity generation and distribution system by Public Service Commission Chairman Garry A. Brown.

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Frank Murray, CEO and Director, NYSERDA
Overview of the role of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) by Francis J. Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Jerry Davis, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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Overview of initiatives underway to establish reliable, sustainable, self-contained net-zero energy generating systems in the U.S. Military by Jerry Davis, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado.

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Sergej Mahnovski, Director, PlaNYC
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A summary of New York City's comprehensive sustainability initiative, PlaNYC, by Sergej Mahnovski, Director of the New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

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Chris Carrick, Director, Energy Management Program, CNY Planning Board
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Overview of energy conservation and efficiency initiatives across five counties of Central New York including Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego by Chris Carrick, Director, Energy Management Program for the Central New York regional Planning and Development Board.

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Luke Tonachel, Senior Analyst, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
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Overview of progress to date and advances in clean transportation systems including electric and other non-petroleum fueled vehicles by Luke Tonachel, Senior Analyst, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Greg Paul, author, The Citizen-powered Energy Handbook
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A beginner's guide to citizen-powered energy projects using biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, among other technologies by Greg Pahl, Author of numerous books on innovation in energy systems.

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Thomas Congdon, Assistant Secretary for Energy, New York State
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Keynote: Overview of the success and continuing strong prospects for renewable energy as a growing source of power in New York State from Thomas Congdon, New York State Assistant Secretary for Energy.

For more information about this symposium and others in the series, visit http://www.energy21symposium.org/