Source: World Green Energy Symposium puts the world on notice to focus soil and water conservation and preservation in the hopes that society will adopt best practices when it comes to healthier food production and cleaner energy.
2016 World Green Energy Symposium, this year held in Washington DC, at University of District of Columbia, at the University’s new energy efficient, award winning LEED facility, April 7, 2016. The WGES put back the focus on the core essence of life, the very building block to all of our existence, water; which affects everything else as humans we do. Once discussions about best practices on how to clean up our fresh water supply were revealed, the conversations turned to our need to focus on clean air, soil, food, and clean-green energy.
Four-time Emmy Winner, former Broadcast Journalist Jan Fox was the event’s emcee and opened the event at 9:30 am introducing special guest and speakers to the podium.
“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, “We intend to share with you methods and ideas on how to solve some of our most pressing societal concerns as it regards our environment, economy, water air and water supply.”
Mr. Tommy Wells, Director of Energy and Environment, with the District of Columbia had first reported to the audience of attendees his findings and experiences at global meetings focused on climate change. Including in his address were factors and trends taking place in developed nations.
“In Europe, there are major metro cities now making policies to cut out the need of any fossil fuel sources, which is forcing the auto industry to change their products to meet these new standards,” shared Wells.
Dr. Sebine O’Hare, Dean of College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSE), University of DC, provided insight to sustainable food production and the need for micro food management. Dr. Sebine O’Hare and CAUSE were formally recognized in 2015 by the WGES as a NOVA Award recipient for their advancements in this field.
Ms. JoAnn Hill, and Ron Uba, both with the US Department of Commerce, throughout the day would present economic opportunities for entrepreneurs in the room seeking ways to grow their business in partnering with government to solve environmental issues and concerns. Together their department has been credited in providing millions of dollars in contract opportunities to small business.
The importance of clean air, soil and water conservation and better food growth methods was furthered by R. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, where he disclosed examples of working projects aimed at lessening our carbon footprint while meeting the needs of a growing population.
Mr. Michael Jones Bae, spoke about the future and how to harness future opportunities within the green tech, environmental, and energy industry sectors as he gave many words of inspiration for students and entrepreneurs attending the conference.
“Look to the future and do not focus on profits, focus on solving problems, and the opportunities to make a profit will reveal themselves,” Bae added.
Attendees also got a fresh perspective on how the US GSA is handling policy, budgets, and practices to green government building and how to maximize their use, presented by Mr. Kevin Kampschroer, Chief Sustainability Officer for US GSA. His expert panel walked attendees through one of the most extensive undertakings; to convert of one of the oldest GSA buildings in the country, into one of the most modern and energy efficient within its building class without compromising the buildings historical significance. Panelist dedicated time to explain the challenges of such and endeavor and how they overcame challenges to make this building a model for other to follow.
Mr. Paul Puckorius, wrapped up the day’s series of events with commentary directed toward water and waste management; where he lent his experience and expertise on ways we all can help in conserving water, and the importance to be mindful of this value resource.
Professor Gallagher 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, as he prepared to recognize the 2016 NOVA Award Class of Honorees.
“We are excited to add to our list of NOVA Award winners, entities and individuals whom have gone beyond the call of duty in improving our lives in the areas of the environment, economy, and energy,”
“They will join the ranks of past Honorees, an elite class that stands out among the many in our society which have taken visionary steps to solve our global warming and climate change issue,”
We have with us today former honorees including the City of Washington DC, CAUSE, 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,”
The 2016 Class of Honorees included Ron Uba for his multiple years of dedication and commitment to environmental sustainability and for his ability to align entrepreneurs with public policy, thus spurring off millions of dollars in economic growth. The US GSA also received the honor for its innovation in testing and implementing new green technology, in what is now one of the most energy efficient government buildings in the entire country. The hosting site for the event, the University of District of Columbia was presented with an award for their continued efforts for urban planning that pushes for maximizing and recycling value resources such as water, air, food, and energy.
“This year’s World Green Energy Symposium seemed to focus on the basics, the fundamentals of what fuels our very existence,” contributed Samuel K. Burlum, CEO and President, Extreme Energy Solutions, a green tech company located in Ogdensburg New Jersey, and scheduled presenter at the conference.
“There is a continuous theme, and that is that as a society if we can master the basics, the ability to solve environmental problems and concerns will come with more ease.”
“Since all of these elements influence technology, entrepreneurs needs to look to creating the next generation of innovation and products surround these key areas in order to be ahead of the curve,” mentioned Burlum.
For more information about the World Green Energy Symposium go to www.wges.us
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