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Monday, January 28, 2013

"One of the most important conferences on energy in New York and the Northeast."

Ninth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

A Division of Synapse Sustainability Trust
A Future Using Net Zero Energy
Friday, April 12, 2013 at "The Links" in East Syracuse, NY
The Ninth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century proudly announces the addition of Hon. Katherine Hammack as a featured speaker at the Symposium on Energy, April 12, 2013. Secretary Hammack is the primary advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on all army matters related to installation policy, oversight and coordination of energy security and management. She is also responsible for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives and has done extensive work on Net Zero Energy.

• Jonathan Powers is the Executive Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality. He is responsible for the promotion of environmental and energy sustainability in Federal agencies and the implementation of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Sustainability and the GreenGov initiative.
• Jerry Davis is a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The labs are located in Colorado.
Sergej Mahnovski, Ph.D is Director of Energy Policy, NYC Office of the Mayor. Sergej is the principal energy advisor responsible for managing citywide energy policy. He also chairs the New York City Energy Policy Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.
• Chris Carrick is Director of Central New York Regional Planning &Development Board. Chris manages the Climate Change Innovation Program (C2IP), funded by a Climate Showcase Communities grant from the U.S. EPA, which provides financial and technical assistance to local municipalities.
• Greg Pahl  is a well known and prolific author, whose latest very popular book is Power from the People. The book outlines how to organize, finance and launch local energy projects with information on safe, reliable and affordable harvesting of energy from sun, wind, earth and water. He lives in Vermont.
• Luke Tonachel is NRDC's senior Vehicle Analyst, Energy & Transportation Program. His focus is the reduction of environmental impacts of the world's transportation demands by adopting policies that develop and commercialize cleaner, more efficient vehicles and non-petroleum fuels.
• Kit Kennedy  will return as our superb moderator. Kit is Counsel to Air & Energy Program at  NRDC, and has special expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, global warming solutions and air and water pollution.
Rhea Jezer, Ph.D is director and founder of the Energy Symposium, will once again chair this, the Ninth Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century.
Frank Murray, President & CEO NYSERDA
Joannie Mahoney, County Executive, Onondaga County
Dan Maffei,Congressman, NY 24
$40 including breakfast and lunch (This fee covers one-fifth of the cost of attendees to the Symposium, and we urge those who can to become sponsors or patrons so that we can continue this annual event.)
Rhea Jezer: *Sponsorships available
What is Net Zero Energy?
The goal of net zero energy is to  produce as much energy from on-site renewable sources as is consumed. Using the Net Zero Army installations as a successful example of a large scale project, we have gathered experts from the entire country to discuss how the army model can be used in smaller efforts for communities, institutions and individual businesses and homeowners.
The Symposium  attendees include major business and environmental leaders, academicians, architects, engineers, builders, many elected officials including congressmen, mayors,  and supervisors. Also attending are commissioners, college presidents and faculty, municipal planners, governmental agency staff, architects, engineers, lawyers, farmers, media, college students and interested citizens. Two dozen colleges as well as over three dozen municipalities are represented, and every major environmental agency sends representatives. There are no breakout sessions and no tabling, just six important  high level presentations and discussions.
This Symposium has been cited as one of the most important conferences on energy in New York and the Northeast, and has consistently drawn up to 400 attendees from all over New York and the Northeastern states, as well as other parts of the country and abroad.