Environmental Conference to Address Reducing America’s Dependency on Foreign Fuel

Monday, June 6, 2011

SC State University’s Environmental Policy Institute (EPI), The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its partners will deliver a national conference on energy independence, entitled “Securing Our Future: Using New Technology to Reduce America’s Dependence on Foreign Fuel.” The conference will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 through Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C.  

During the three-day forum, attendees will examine the role of technology and innovation in a comprehensive national energy policy that will promote a diverse portfolio of domestic energy resources, enhance national security through energy independence, reduce America’s carbon footprint on the global environment and spur economic development.

“We are once again looking forward to professionals and national leaders in the energy industry discussing the latest research, developments and technology at our annual EPI (EPI) Conference on addressing energy independence for America,” said Dr. Reinhart Brown, director of SC State’s EPI.  “Our mission is to continually develop national environmental policies that protect our environment, promote good health, enhance economic opportunities and develop sustainable communities,” noted Brown.

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, assistant democratic leader, will serve as keynote speaker of the conference.  Other guest speakers include: The Honorable Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator, former South Carolina governor, James Edwards, and the Honorable Brian Schweitzer, governor of Montana.

Panel discussions will feature national moderators, speakers and panelists referencing topics such as “The Role of New Technology in a National Energy Policy,” “Advances in Transportation Technologies” and “Building the Energy Economy:  The Workforce Replacement and Education Pipeline.”

For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://www.securingourenergyfuture.com/.