2014 Shaping the Future Summit Watch Online Now!

The Future of Energy & Sustainability

World-Class Solar Pioneer and PSIEE Environment Colloquium Speaker Jigar Shah

Monday, March 3, 2014
7:00 PM
HUB Auditorium, University Park Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Jigar Shah headshot

Jigar Shah is author of "Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy" and an entrepreneur. Join us Monday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium to hear this outstanding entrepreneur. A book sale and signing will be held in advance of the lecture, and a reception will be held immediately following the program. Jigar helped to unlock the multi-billion dollar worldwide solar industry with a business model innovation (Power Purchase Agreement), not a new technology. This model created SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide. Today, as CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, he works with global companies in a multitude of industries to deploy existing clean energy and resource efficiency solutions fueled by new business models.

Cosponsored by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment

"Ocean Acidification: The Underreported Crisis" with Seattle Times Journalist and Distinguished Panelists

Monday, March 17, 2014
7:00 PM
HUB Auditorium, University Park Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Join us to hear Craig Welch, environmental reporter with the Seattle Times, and a distinguished panel discuss the future of ocean health. Panelists include:

  • Craig Welch, Seattle Times;
  • Iliana Baums, Associate Professor of Biology;
  • Elizabeth Boyer, Associate Professor of Water Resources;
  • Timothy Bralower, Professor of Geosciences;
  • Wren Patton, Graduate Student, Ecology

A reception will be held outside the HUB Auditorium immediately following the discussion.

Tickets to the Shaping the Future Summit on April 1 will be available at this event!

Cosponsored by the Penn State Department of Geosciences, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Geosciences, Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration

One-Day Bus Trip to the Energy Efficient HUB

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gates of the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Join us at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia to discuss and explore Energy and Sustainability topics at GridSTAR Center. Penn State’s GridSTAR Center is a Smart Grid Demonstration facility focused on providing a unique learning and research environment to accelerate the future of our energy infrastructure.

Panelists include Navy Yard leaders:

  • Martha Krebs, Director of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub
  • Will Agate, Senior Vice President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
  • Steven DiBartolo, Vice President of Hill International
  • David Riz, Principal at Kieran Timberlake

Visit highlights include:

  • Tour of the Navy Yard
  • Stops include Glaxo-Smith-Klein, TastyKake, and Urban Outfitters headquarters
  • Lunch at Urban Outfitter's Shop 543
  • Tour of GridSTAR Center
  • Energy and Sustainability Workshops and meeting with industry partners followed by reflective student-led discussion

For more information about this event, please contact Liz Resenic at eresenic@engr.psu.edu. To register to attend this event, click here or visit www.gridstarcenter.psu.edu.

A $10 registration fee will be collected, but refunded to students upon departure for the trip. Student registration deadline is Friday, March 7.

Cosponsored by the Penn State Center for Sustainability