March 21, 2015
Source: World Green Energy Symposium
recognizes current and former WGES Nova Award Honorees, whom have answered the
call to bring public policy and technology together in solving environmental
and economic challenges.
2015 World Green Energy Symposium, this
year held in Washington DC, at University of District of Columbia, March 12,
left no stone unturned in discussing energy, green technology, environmental
policy, economic sustainability, as the event offered expertise from many
market segments. From government to industry; schools of thought and students
to community activist; answers to solve some of today’s most pressing concerns
came from every corner of the gathering.
“We want to thank you all for coming
today in attending this year’s WGES,” said Professor Robert Gallagher,
Executive Chair of the World Green Energy Symposium as he welcomed all guests to the
well-attended event, “You will find opportunities galore from industry to
government, from schools of thought to community activist, you will not be
disappointed by the options of answers you can gather from today’s offerings.”
Four-time Emmy Winner, former Broadcast
Journalist Jan Fox was the event’s emcee and opened the event at 9:00 am
introducing special guest and speakers to the podium.
Professor Gallagher first recognized
all of the past World Green Energy Symposium NOVA Award Honorees for their
contributions to advancements in solving problems associated with environmental
and energy issues. Then Gallagher took a moment to recognize this, year’s
recipient, Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean of College of Agriculture, Urban
Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSE) of the University of DC.
“We are honored to add another member
to class of NOVA Award Winners. The Current Class includes the City of
Washington DC, City of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Dow Chemical, and
Extreme Energy Solutions, among others who have demonstrated making steps and
development of policies and technologies that lead us to protecting our
environment and natural resources, while providing sustainable choices,”
“We are honored to present Dr. Sabine
O’Hare and CAUSE with this year’s NOVA Award for their efforts in becoming a
sustainable land grant site, being totally sustainable, including their
construction of this campus,” Gallagher professed.
“We are honored to accept this award.
This is not just my award, but a reflection of all of our staff, students,
board, alumni, suppliers, and the rest of the individuals who supported our
vision for our school,” Dr. O’Hare added, “The city supported our goals, which
provided us the opportunity to be the only 100% sustainable University in the
Tribute was paid in accommodations by a
number of special guests who included Mr. James Lyons, President of University
of DC, who welcomed attendees to the campus and to the event. He was followed
by Margaret Singleton, Vice President of DC Chamber of Commerce; Tommy Wells,
Acting Director, District Department of the Environment, Government of the
District of Columbia; and then Dr. O’Hare wrapped up the morning session
showcasing the series of steps CAUSE took to develop their sustainable campus.
The mid-day panel represented
opportunities within federal government and presented case studies; steps and
initiatives that government has taken to become even more-green, thus saving
taxpayer money in the meantime. Panel was led by Mr. Kevin Kampschroer, from
GSA who shared the agency’s green building practices; which including the usage
of energy efficiency tech, LEED construction practices, and maximizing space.
Ms. Kristine Kingery presented what the
Army is doing to become more environmentally friendly in managing its assets
and bases around the world. Ms. Jo Anne Hill, with the US Department of
Commerce, provided a discussion referencing contract opportunities available
for Minority Owned Business Enterprises in the area of sustainability and
environmental initiatives by the federal government. The session was concluded
by Mr. Landon Van Dyke, with the Department of State, who shared the vision and
ongoing practices by the Department of State in greening US Embassies around
The afternoon full of workshops;
discussions and question and answer sessions from a number of interests: new
technology, transportation solutions, the use of big data to monitor energy
usage and energy conservation, understanding public private partnerships were
just part of the plethora of sessions one could choose from.
Two of the workshops that stood out
were the discussion lead by Mr. Samuel K. Burlum, CEO of Extreme Energy Solutions, who presented a case study and
examples about here and now available technology that could lower harmful toxic
emissions from vehicles, including advancements made in this technology sector,
and the importance of embracing the retrofit technology market. Burlum shared
his vision of public policy measures that would allow for green technology to
blossom. You can see the complete video at here.
Another well attended workshop provided
insight on deploying sustainable technology to the continent of Africa. Panel,
moderated by Ron Uba, Department of Commerce-MBDA; led by Mr. Ken Johnson,
provided information referencing emerging economies within developing nations.
Mr. Johnson discussed examples of countries within Africa who were struggling
to meet the demands of water, energy, power, food supply, and alternatives currently
being investigated to meet these needs.
Attendees casted their vote of
satisfaction as the even came to a close, all leaving with valuable information
and contacts from the event.
“There is still much work to be done in
this field of practice,” Burlum contributed, “the areas of environmental
protection, green technology, alternative energy, sustainability, and policy
making that drives the markets to evolve are still very much in their infancy.
If you compare this industry to the early days of the .com boom or the early
days of the information age, you can see the ‘green industry’ is following
those same trends,”
“There are other drivers to the
movement of environmental sustainability, which I believe one of them is
generational. There are far more X, Y, and Millennial generation individuals who
were cultured with a sense of environmental regard for the planet than the
previous generations. These generations who grew up with
recycling in the classroom; earth day celebrations; they were the generations
who have embraced most of the green technology we have today; so it is no
surprise that we are seeing large growth in this area. As they exercise their purchasing
power, and combine that with their life style habits, you get a demanding
market segment who wants more organic and green choices. It’s a trend companies
like our welcome in the near future,” mentioned Burlum.
For more information about the World
Green Energy Symposium go to www.wges.us