The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

The Tenth Annual Symposium
on Energy in the 21st Century

Fabulous success – Over 400 attendees packed hall!

Thank you to our outstanding speakers and impressive attendees.

Links to speaker’s presentations will be available soon. Please check back.

Eleventh Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century:
April 17, 2015

Rhea Jezer

Rhea Jezer, Ph.D
Director & Chair.
Eleventh Annual
Symposium on Energy
in the 21st Century

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century website.

Over 400 people packed the hall on April 4, 2014 for our 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 were international, national and statewide experts and decision makers. The excitement and warmth in the audience as well as among the speakers was palpable and “electric”. My hope is that this Symposium is an impetus to keep the excitement for the promotion of renewable energy in our country not only one day a year, but way 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. It is held at “The Links” in E. Syracuse, NY. The Symposium provides a venue for a diverse population to join together in a non-partisan multi-disciplinary conversation and learning experience on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from students to highly professionals, all 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 official both on the federal, state and local levels, farmers, town supervisors, mayors, municipal planners, college faculty and students as well as interested citizens come together to share and learn from each other as well as from the outstanding group of speakers.

This year, 2015, will be the eleventh year I will be organizing and directing The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century. Last year’s Symposium was awesome, with top experts from all over the country. The Symposium has been chosen to be produced as a documentary by WRVO, NPR affiliate. The speaker’s presentations from the 2014 Symposium will be a link, which will be available in a short time. Check back! If you would like to hear the speakers’ presentations and panel discussion from 2013, go to this WRVO link:

We are hoping to keep registration fee low so that all can attend so we invite patrons and sponsors on a yearly basis, and thank those who sponsored this past year see sponsors for helping to produce this important event. We send a renewable energy update periodically and our sponsors are included in the emailing which reaches close to 5,000 people. Please feel free to email me for further information

As usual, it is always a pleasure hearing from all of you and we look forward to seeing you on April 17, 2015, if not before.


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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: