The Eleventh Annual Symposium
on Energy in the 21st Century
April 17, 2015
At The Links, East Syracuse, New York
PERCEPTION vs. REALITY
- What drives public perception & behavior toward accepting and promoting renewable energy
- Educational changes needed to prepare our workforce for jobs in the energy sector
- What advances and incentives will we expect in the near future
Rhea Jezer, Ph.D
Director & Chair
Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century
Perception and Reality
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century.
Last year, over 400 people packed the hall on April 4, 2014 for the Tenth Annual Symposium, which provided an extremely important, educational, and visionary look at the future of renewable energy for the next ten years. The speakers included international, national and statewide experts and decision makers. The excitement and warmth in the audience and among the speakers was palpable and “electric.” Attendees return each year to hear cutting-edge presentations and for networking opportunities. My hope is that this Symposium is an impetus to extend the excitement for the promotion of renewable energy in our country from a single day each year to far into the future.
This Symposium has been noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the North East, which is why it draws 400 attendees each year. Held in East Syracuse, NY, the Symposium provides a venue for a diverse population to join together in a non-partisan, multidisciplinary conversation and learning experience on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from students to prominent industry professionals, and all are interested in the future of renewable energy. CEOs of corporations, top leaders of environmental organizations, engineers, architects, city planners, representatives from the offices of elected officials—on the federal, state and local levels—farmers, town supervisors, mayors, municipal planners, college faculty, students, and interested citizens come together with an outstanding group of speakers to share and learn from each other.
This year—2015—will be the eleventh year of the Symposium, and we hope to explore several areas of extreme future importance to practical policy and action in the field of renewable energy. We will explore factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior toward accepting and promoting renewable energy and the educational changes needed to prepare our workforce for renewable energy jobs. We will, as usual, update attendees on cutting-edge opportunities and future public policy issues.
Last year’s Symposium was spectacular and included top experts from all over the country. We are very fortunate to partner with WRVO, our local NPR affiliate, who recorded our Symposium. To hear the speakers and panel discussions from last year’s 2014 Symposium, go to http://wrvo.org/post/next-decade-renewable-energy. To hear the speakers from the Ninth Annual 2013 Symposium go to http://wrvo.org/post/planning-net-zero-energy-footprint.
In order to keep the registration fee low we need our valued patrons and sponsors to help produce this important even. Please join our 2015 sponsors & patrons. We periodically send a renewable energy newsletter update—with info on our sponsors—to nearly 5,000 email subscribers. Please feel free to email me for further information firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is always a pleasure hearing from all of you and we look forward to seeing you on April 17, 2015—if not before!