James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center hosts Conquering Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

SC State’s James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (JECUTC) will host its second Environmental Policy Institute Lecture Series on Conquering Climate Change: New Opportunities, New Economies on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at 9 a.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center. This exciting one-day conference will focus on how reducing climate change is morally imperative and provides an opportunity to create new, sustainable economies.

The conference will begin with a keynote address by Duke Energy’s Jim Rogers and include three panel discussions. The first will spotlight alternative energy research and development that is currently taking place in South Carolina. That will be followed by a panel of nationally renowned theologians addressing how the faith community views climate change as part of their calling to be good stewards of the earth. The final panel will focus on green job creation in South Carolina and highlight some companies already putting people to work in our state.

“The Conquering Climate Change conference is a very exciting initiative that is a collaborative effort involving elected officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, leaders of the faith community, academia and conservationists,” said Dr. Reinhart Brown, interim executive director for the JECUTC. “Through the conference we hope to provide information on cutting-edge technology regarding climate change, green energy jobs and ways to reduce our carbon intake,” he continued.

During the conference luncheon, Congressman and SC State alumnus, James E. Clyburn ‘61 and Senator Lindsey Graham will discuss their work in the Congress to address climate change. Dr. Kenneth Lewis, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering at SC State will also provide an update on the University’s nuclear engineering program, which is the first such degree program at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

This event is being sponsored by SC State University, the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Electric Cooperatives, Duke Energy, Audubon South Carolina, The Nature Conservancy, the National and South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

The Environmental Policy Institute at SC State has a mission to develop national environmental policies that protect our environment, promote good health, enhance economic opportunities and develop sustainable communities.

For more information and to register for the Conquering Climate Change: New Opportunities, New Economies Conference, visit http://www.scsu.edu/cfm_pages/jecutc.cfm.