Rhea Jezer, Ph.D

Symposium Director and Chair

            Rhea Jezer founded the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century in 2005 and has been the director and chair the past thirteen years, and is President of Energy21 LTD. She is an Associate Professor (adjunct) at SUNY School of Environment and Forestry, and was previously Senior Lecturer at Cazenovia College.

            Rhea has been an environmental educator and policy advisor in New York State and nationally for decades. She is a consultant to eco-businesses, candidates, environmental groups, as well as an advisor to elected officials for both major parties. She was an environmental advisor for Senator Hillary Clinton for nine years and is involved in her present campaign for President. Rhea worked closely with Governor George Pataki, headed the CNY campaign for the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act in 1996, and was part of the Governor’s Superfund Reauthorization working group. She served on the transition teams for President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and was a co-chair of the transition team for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Most recently she actively worked on New York Leadership Team for the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

     Rhea Jezer is a board member of the New York League of Conservation Voters serving on the policy and endorsements committees. She is the Political Chair of the Iroquois Group of Sierra Club, and served as statewide chair of the Atlantic Chapter (New York State) Sierra Club for several years. Rhea served as Chair of the Dewitt Democratic Party and was a congressional candidate for Congress twice. She is a presenter for the Al Gore's Climate Project on Global Warming and has lectured extensively. Among her many recognitions, Rhea was awarded the Post Standard Achievement Award "for her contributions to making Central New York a better place", the Greening USA “Greening our Community Advocacy Award", NAACP Humanitarian Award, National Organization of Women "Woman of Power" Award, and Congressional Fellowship in Women & Public Policy (WREI), and last spring was the recipient of the coveted 2016 InterFaith Leadership Award from InterFaith Works, for her work bringing environmental education to Central New York.

      Dr. Jezer holds a Ph.D from Syracuse University, MA from Columbia University Graduate Studies, and a BA from Brooklyn College. As a Congressional Fellow, she penned major legislation for the encouragement of women and under-represented minorities to enter the fields of science and math. Rhea Jezer is as well a noted musician and performed extensively as a harpsichord soloist for many years as well as conducting several choirs.


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

The Symposium has been noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the Northeast, with 350 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.

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