Thursday, December 11, 2014
8:30 am – 3:15 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
$50.00 before 11/7, $65 thereafter
Presented by regional institutions (see list below)
Our region is blessed with abundant energy resources, globally-leading expertise, and a willingness to collaborate to do things smarter than anyplace else. But when it comes to energy, we don’t yet have a plan for where we are going.
Come and take part in the first formative steps toward identifying our region’s energy future and developing strategies to assure our economic competitiveness and high quality of life.
“Energy for the Power of 32: 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future” will unite the region around newfound understanding of where our energy comes from, where it’s consumed, and how it gets from one to the other—and introduce a civic dialogue on plotting the course for our region’s smartest energy future.
Yes, energy production, distribution and conservation should be at the core of a critical national debate. But regions like ours can’t wait for the federal government to address the issues and opportunities. Regions are the centers of energy development, transmission, consumption, storage, and conservation. They breed networks for innovation. And they have the opportunity to establish actionable energy goals integrating aspirations for economy, equity, and environment.
With our heritage and assets, the Power of 32 region has the potential to be among the nation’s first to lead this trend on energy planning. By bridging borders and recognizing shared challenges and opportunities, our region is differentiated in its commitment to improving the future of 32 counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
- An exciting format that ensures high value content and interactions among event attendees.
- Attendees will have a hand in determining the process for crafting the region’s energy plan and strategy.
- Presentation of the region’s Energy Baseline: first ever, fact-based characterization of present sources of energy production, consumption, and outcomes. This tool will provide a macro basis for participants to be on the same page as they envision the region they want to energize and identify policies to make it possible.
- Following the unveiling of the Energy Baseline will be a series of short, mind-expanding presentations about cutting-edge energy topics.
- Keynote speaker will provide an inspiring presentation that is honest and eye-opening about the high stakes and opportunities associated with our energy future — business, equity, environment, innovation.
- Salon-style interactive rounds for intimate discussion with the featured speakers will prepare attendees to roll up their sleeves and help lay out the issues and ideas for how best to launch the regional energy planning process.
- Exhibits featuring energy innovations, initiatives, and new ideas that will surprise and motivate.
- Small group deliberation on regional energy principles, values, pressing needs and opportunities, and recommendations for a process to create a regional energy plan and strategy. The Science & Engineering Ambassadors of National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering will be on hand to provide grounding in science and bring a knowledge of regional energy systems.
- Post event, the Presenting organizations will synthesize input and develop the regional process for creating a regional energy plan and strategy.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be an influential part of an important effort to innovate our region’s brightest energy future.
- Allegheny Conference on Community Development
- Carnegie Mellon University, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research
- Center for Energy, University of Pittsburgh
- Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law
- Center for Energy Policy and Management, Washington & Jefferson College
- Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture)
- Duquesne MBA Sustainability Program
- Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University
- Green Building Alliance
- Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council
- Power of 32
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
- Sustainable Pittsburgh
- West Virginia University