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Jun 01 2011

Energy Conference Features Experts on Alternative Technology

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (June 1, 2011) – As controversial hydrofracking techniques grab headlines and gasoline prices remain high, NYIT will convene feature leading experts on wind power, climate science, and ocean wave technology at its annual energy conference on Thursday, June 2 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury.

EPA official Anita Thompkins will discuss the federal government’s current study of hydraulic fracturing.  Yesterday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued several federal agencies, including the EPA, to force a full environmental impact study of hydrofracking in the Delaware River Basin. 

The conference will also feature 15 works of art, ranging from collages, drawings, and computer-generated creations that depict the conference’s alternative energy theme. 

In recognition of his contributions to climate science, NYIT conference organizers will present a special award to Dr. Wallace Broecker, a renowned scientist who was the first to use the term “global warming” in 1975.

“This timely one-day conference will explore the fundamental science and cutting edge applications of various clean technologies for Long Island and the Northeast,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D.,  NYIT’s dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.   “The conference should be of equal interest to venture capitalists, the scientific community, policy makers and the general public in the NY Metropolitan area and beyond.”

The conference will feature a keynote address on the state of climate science by Dr. Monique Leclerc, University of Georgia, Laboratory for Environmental Physics.  Other speakers include:

Registration ($100 general, $75 NYIT alumni, $55 faculty and nonprofit) and continental breakfast begin at 8 am.  The program includes a buffet lunch, networking opportunities, and question and answer sessions with conference presenters.

A forum for green debates for the past five years in New York and globally (China and South Korea) and the birthplace of the first hybrid car in 1973 and the first solar carport on Long Island in 2009, NYIT is a local and global leader in clean energy initiatives.   NYIT students have designed solar homes for the Solar Decathlon competition and a “green” airplane hangar for the USS Intrepid.  Current NYIT research includes a solar radiation study of the Manhattan campus to reduce energy consumption, carbon sequestration, and a study of Long Island’s carbon footprint.  NYIT’s “Greenprint” program includes a fleet of electric and hybrid cars, a biodiesel energy project, and a bike share program. 


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