UofL joins Berea, Centre and UK to stimulate creation of state energy policy
April 17th, 2008
The University of Louisville has joined with Berea and Centre colleges and with the University of Kentucky to play host to a series of three conferences designed to explore and discuss ways to develop a coherent and integrated energy policy in Kentucky.
The presidents of each institution made a joint announcement of the "Energizing Kentucky" initiative April 17 at the state capitol in Frankfort.
The conferences will bring together state and national energy experts to discuss the economic, educational and environmental opportunities and challenges presented by the world’s current energy situation.
The goal of "Energizing Kentucky" is to bring together government, business and education leaders to create a far-reaching and collaborative statewide energy policy.
"Our institutions are working together to promote straight talk about energy, an issue that will continue to grow in importance to the commonwealth and the nation," said UofL President James Ramsey. "By bringing together great minds from many different vantage points, we can initiate conversations and eventually develop concrete solutions and policies that will improve our citizens’ quality of life for many years to come."
Business, political and educational leaders will be invited to each of the three conferences:
- June 3-4, Louisville. Sandra Meyer, president of the Kentucky and Ohio units of Duke Power, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative energy companies, will be the featured keynote speaker. This conference will focus on the role of Kentucky’s business community in advancing sound policies governing the production, use and conservation of energy and on finding ways to have economic and educational interests help form effective public policy.
- Sept. 18-19. Thomas Friedman, author of "The World is Flat" and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for The New York Times, will deliver keynote remarks. Friedman’s next book, "Green is the New Red, White, and Blue," tackles the subject of energy and will be published in August. The conference will provide a forum for energy experts to engage with state and local government policymakers to lay the groundwork for a sustainable energy policy for the 21st century.
- TBA. The final conference will focus on establishing a framework for Kentucky’s K-12 and postsecondary education curriculum to build a knowledge base about sustainability and the development of alternative energy sources. This conference, in part, will emphasize developing the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math professionals essential to pursuing new knowledge and technologies.