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

The breadth and depth of the speakers drawn to The Symposium are consistently remarkable. United States Congressmen and New York Senators with powerful roles to help change the energy future of our region have consistently been speakers. College Presidents have shown how the teaching and research at their institutions are translating into meaningful projects and well-informed citizens. Representatives from front-line environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and NYS AFL-CIO share the dais to problem solve. City mayors using best environmental practices share their ideas and successes. Although other conferences may have some of the same expertise, what separates The Symposium is the informal atmosphere that creates a particularly dynamic and rich environment for all as traditional partners and the public at large explore the critical energy issues at hand. The hundreds of people who attend, no matter what their affiliation, learn from each other and build a greater understanding of environmental issues in our region. Clearly many see this is an invaluable and critical opportunity.

Tours of a range of projects demonstrating energy initiatives in the region are a hallmark of The Symposium. Wind energy, nuclear power, electricity generated from methane and willow biomass to be used for ethanol or electricity production all are taking place in Central New York. The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century has allowed thousands of people the chance to learn about these technologies and projects and see them in action first-hand. The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century has created a forum for all of us to take ownership for solutions to the country”s energy problems. This project”s enormous success should be recognized and celebrated."

SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Director, Institutional Planning Manager, U.S. Senate Relations 

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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: