YSU Sustainable Energy Forum June 4, 5

The Sustainable Energy Forum at Youngstown State University will bring in academics, energy industry leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs June 4 and 5 in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.The fourth annual Youngstown State University Sustainable Energy Forum, expected to draw more than 200 academics, energy industry leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs, will be Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.

The conference website is www.ysu.edu/sef.

Among the confirmed speakers on Monday, June 4 are:

  • * U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson.
  • * Marc Gerken, president of American Municipal Power (keynote speaker).
  • * Jason Walsh, senior advisor, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
  • * Mark Kodack, project manager, Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy and Sustainability) – “Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water and Net Zero Waste.”
  • Daniel Frakes, General Motors manager of vehicle, fuels, and advanced technology policy.
  • Ruston Seaman, executive director of New Vision – “Unleashing the Power of Communities to Harness the Energy of the Sun in America: A New Vision of Possibilities.”
  • Daniel Sawmiller, senior campaign representative, Sierra Club – “Ohio’s Move Towards Clean Energy.”
  • Rob Zahotchak, communications director of the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance – “Demands of the Green Building Marketplace.”
  • Atty. Sam Randazzo, Industrial Energy Users of Ohio – “Leveraging Continuous Improvement Business Models to Improve Energy Productivity.”
  • Rhonda Reda, executive director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.
  • David Mordan, Dominion Transmission – “Natrium, West Virginia Processing Plant.”
  • Scott Hallam, manager of Development and Operations, Chesapeake Midstream Management – “Midstream Processing.”

A series of technical sessions are planned for Tuesday, June 5, on topics such as renewables, waste-to-energy, natural gas, water resources, vehicle electrification, energy management, small nuclear and grid/storage.

The Forum will also include an interactive discussion on Youngstown Urban Agriculture in conjunction with Global Green USA. Leaders in the urban agriculture movement will share lessons learned and effective practices for transforming blight into useful and economically viable spaces.

In addition, the Forum will feature an “Energy Expo,” in which companies display products and technologies.

The Forum’s main focus is on technology that is ready for commercialization, especially those technologies that will have a near-term positive impact on commercial, industrial and residential energy savings. The Forum places a particular emphasis on sustainable and other clean energy technologies that are being successfully implemented in the region. A key objective of the Forum is to build collaboration among attendees. At previous Forums, entrepreneurs have teamed up with YSU students and faculty to pursue research funding. Researchers have also engaged large energy companies for insights and opportunities.

To register, to submit an abstract for the technical sessions, or to participate in the Forum, visit www.ysu.edu/sef, or call Michael A. Hripko, director of STEM Research and Technology-based Economic Development, in the YSU College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, at 330-941-4634 or mahripko@ysu.edu.

Sponsors include V&M Star, Dominion Foundation, Energy Industries of Ohio, ms consultants inc., NorTech, Johnson Controls Inc., Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. and Roth Bros.