Conquering Climate Change: New Opportunities, New Economies Conference September 1st

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Conquering Climate ChangeClimate change will be the topic of an important conference at SC State University on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center’s (JECUTC) Environmental Policy Institute will host its second in a lecture series, this one entitled Conquering Climate Change: New Opportunities, New Economies at the Garnet & Blue Room in the K.W. Green Student Center from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Jim Rogers with Duke Energy.

“As one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the nation, we have a responsibility to our stakeholders to take a lead role in shaping a national policy that addresses climate change responsibly and fairly,” said Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO, Jim Rogers. “Pending climate legislation in Congress presents a good opportunity to find a workable solution that could also speed the recovery of our state and national economies. This is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.”

The focus of this conference is to explore what is already happening in South Carolina to take the challenge of climate change and turn it into an opportunity to build a new economy in our state. There will be a panel on alternative fuel research and development taking place in South Carolina and another panel featuring alternative energy companies already doing business in our state. In addition, a third panel will explore the role that faith is playing in the issue of climate change that features a group of nationally renowned theologians.

“This is a very exciting conference that will encourage a lot of thought on the issue of climate change and provide a better understanding of how South Carolina is playing a role in addressing this important issue,” said Dr. Reinhardt Brown, Interim Executive Director of the JECUTC at SC State. “We hope the panelists and the participants leave this conference with a renewed commitment to strengthening South Carolina’s response to the challenges of climate change.”

The conference will also feature a luncheon with an update on South Carolina State’s Nuclear Engineering program and remarks from House Majority Whip and Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn.

“Congress has been working diligently on the issue of climate change, and I am pleased to be a part of this conference that will highlight the work being done on this issue in South Carolina,” Congressman Clyburn said. “I am also pleased to be able to make a special announcement at the luncheon regarding the future of the Environmental Policy Institute’s lecture series.”

The sponsors for this conference are SC State University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives, Duke Energy, Audubon South Carolina, The Nature Conservancy, the National and South Carolina Wildlife Federations, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

For more information regarding the conference, visit http://utc.scsu.edu. The conference is open to the public. Online pre-registration at the preceding website is required and space is limited.