Ithaca College Will Host Regional Clean Energy Summit

ITHACA, NY — The existing and potential benefits of clean energy to the region will be touted in a half-day program hosted by Ithaca College. “The Clean Energy Summit: Re-Imagining Upstate New York’s Energy Future” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, in the Ithaca College Campus Center. The summit is free and open to the public, though attendees are asked to register by Sept. 10 in order to ensure a seat at the event.

The program will include two panel discussions — “What Could a Clean Energy Future Look Like in Upstate New York?” and “What is the State of Clean Energy Research?” — and a closing keynote address by Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative for the 22nd District of New York. Among the topics covered will be the financial impacts of clean energy, opportunities for industry/educational partnerships, examples of successful research commercialization and the skills/knowledge/educational background needed for a “green collar” career.

The summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To see the full program and register for the event, visit /sustainability/clean_energy_summit.php.

Serving as panelists will be:

  • Carol Murphy, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
  • Patrice Courtney Strong, Vice President of Industry Attraction, Solar Energy Consortium
  • Paul Shatsoff, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Workforce Development Institute/Apollo Alliance
  • Patrick Doyle, Director of Business Development, Broome County Industrial Development Agency
  • Alan Paau, Executive Director and Vice Provost for Technology Transfer and Economic Development, Cornell University

The sessions will be moderated by Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of the Ithaca College School of Business; and Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, associate professor of physics and coauthor of the Ithaca College Climate Action Plan.

There will be exhibits and demonstrations by clean energy technology companies and local nonprofit organizations. Optional post-event tours will be offered of some of Ithaca College’s clean energy faculty laboratories as well as two campus facilities built to platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications: the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and the Peggy Ryan Williams Center.

For more information, contact Marian Brown, special assistant to the provost for sustainability, at 607-274-3787 or

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College Will Host Regional Clean Energy Summit.

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