The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

Thank You for Joining the Conversation!

At the 11th Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century
“Renewable Energy: PERCEPTION vs. REALITY”
Held on April 17, 2015 at The Links in East Syracuse, NY

12th Annual Symposium on Energy
April 8th, 2016

Rhea Jezer

Rhea Jezer, Ph.D

Director & Chair
Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Thank you for making this year’s Symposium on Energy on April 17th, 2015 a remarkable success. With attendance reaching close to 400 people, the excitement and warmth in the audience and among the speakers at our Symposiums was palpable and “electric.” My hope is that this Symposium is an impetus to extend the excitement to the promotion of renewable energy in our country from one day each year to every day—far into the future.

Our speakers this year were national and statewide experts and decision makers, with an inspiring wrap-up given by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (see program). Many attendees return each year to hear cutting-edge presentations and for networking opportunities. We are once again very fortunate to have partnered with WRVO, our local NPR affiliate, who recorded Symposium presentations. To listen to the speakers and panel discussions from the 2015 Symposium, please go to Pictures taken at the symposium will be posted soon.

This Symposium has been noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the Northeast, limited to 400 attendees each year. Held in East Syracuse, NY, the Symposium provides a gathering venue for diverse community members to join together in a non-partisan, multidisciplinary learning experience and conversation on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from students to prominent industry professionals, and all are interested in the future of renewable energy. Corporate CEOs, top leaders of environmental organizations, engineers, architects, city planners, elected congressional and state officials, farmers, town supervisors, mayors, municipal planners, college faculty, students, and interested citizens come together—along with a leading group of prominent speakers—to share and learn from each other.

The lasting importance of the Symposium rests with those who attend. It is hoped that the acquired knowledge and inspiration from the day is shared with the community beyond the confines of the Symposium. Everyone plays a role in continuing the conversation in order to encourage further development of renewable energy sources and awaken a greater community awareness of the compelling need to curb the effects of global warming. The effects of this have already led to important documented initiatives, which were directly inspired from this Symposium.

A special thank you to our sponsors who make our event possible! Please consider becoming a sponsor or patron, or renewing for next year. In addition to receiving separate listings in both the Symposium program book and the Symposium web site, sponsors are mentioned in our email newsletter with over 5,000 subscribers. See the Sponsorship Levels page for information on becoming or renewing as a sponsor or patron.

Our newsletter includes stimulating and thought-provoking updates on what is happening in renewable energy, as well as available job openings, grants, and internship opportunities. If you are not yet receiving the email newsletter, please send me a note ( and I will be glad to include you on future mailings.

Save the date—April 8th, 2016! Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Symposium on Energy on April 8, 2015. Because we deal with only two topics each year, I am trying to focus on the most relevant issues for next year’s Symposium—if you have ideas, please send them my way.

It is always a pleasure hearing from all of you and I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Symposium on April 8, 2016—if not before!


12th Annual Symposium on Energy
April 8th, 2016

Listen To What People Have To Say About the Symposium

What struck me about your conference was an unmistakable balance in the content, presentations and attendees. That is very rare today, but the way it should be. After all, how can progress be made if we don't bring everyone to the table and encourage meaningful dialogue to share ideas and successes? The entire day was packed with great presentations on a wide range of practical topics. There is often controversy and strong opinion at similar conferences on these subjects--however this conference did not degrade into the normal squabble and finger pointing. That is a testament to your good judgment in selecting the topics and speakers. While the day was packed, there was also ample time to network. It will be difficult to top this conference next year, but I will offer my assistance in any way I can, to help you do so.

Sr. Policy Analyst New York Power Authority, Clark Energy Center 

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WRVO, NPR affiliate, has included major excerpts of the 2013 Symposium on their website. To hear excerpts from speakers and discussions at Symposium, go to WRVO link: