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May 22 2009

NYIT Energy Conference: "Innovative Technologies and Green Careers"

Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 22, 2009)-"Innovative Technologies and Green Careers" is the subject of New York Institute of Technology's fourth annual energy conference on Friday, June 5. Amid the recent economic downturn and unemployment spike, green jobs comprise one of the nation's fastest-growing job segments - estimated at accounting for 10 percent of new jobs in the next 20 years. Among the conference speakers is economist Luke Tilley of IHS Global Insight, who will present the results of his recent study for the U.S. Conference of Mayors that forecasts that the New York metropolitan area will add 172,950 green jobs by the year 2030. Other presenters and topics include:

  • Neil Petchers, president and CEO of Noresco (who received an M.S. in engineering from NYIT in 1995), will speak on "An Energy Service Company's Role in the Green Economy."
  • Ron Pernick, Co-Founder and Principal of Clean Edge, will present "Clean Tech: A Pathway to a New Era of Job Growth and Opportunity."
  • James Brew, principal architect of the Rocky Mountain Institute's Built Environment Team, will discuss "Energy and Comfort in Existing Buildings, Campuses, and Communities."
  • Tilley will share information about "Current and Potential Green Jobs by Metropolitan Area."
  • Russell Albanese, president of the Albanese Organization, will discuss "Innovative Technologies Put Into Practice - A Developer's Perspective."
  • A panel discussion with Albanese, Long Island Builders Institute's Michael Watt, EmPower's David Schieren (M.S. '06), and Eastern Energy Systems' Albert Hirsch on "Green Energy from the Developer's Perspective," focusing on how green building practices offer a kick-start to today's stalled projects.
  • A panel discussion on "Green Energy Programs from the Municipal Perspective" with LIPA's Lisanne Altmann, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of Babylon Energy Director Dorian Dale, and National Grid's Gary Krieger.

The conference, presented by NYIT's Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, will be held at de Seversky Center at NYIT's Old Westbury, N.Y., campus on Friday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This conference focuses on the positive impact that innovative green technologies can have on the economy," says Frank Zeman, Eng.Sc.D., director of the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability. "NYIT's long history in alternative energy research, our current campus 'green print' and research initiatives, and academic programs provide a perfect venue for this conference." NYIT's solar carport prototypes (soon to be unveiled at a public groundbreaking), photovoltaic research, inroads into developing biodiesel fuel from cooking waste, and campus sustainable practices will also be highlighted at the conference.

To register, view the conference schedule, and get more information, visit Conference registration fees are $75 prior to May 29; $85 thereafter. Special discounted rates are available for not-for-profit agencies and NYIT faculty and staff members ($50); and for students and alumni ($25). A continental breakfast and buffet luncheon are included.

Please note: participants may, at no extra charge, also receive five continuing education hours applicable to re-registration as a professional engineer or registered architect.

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