Local South Florida universities team up for national “Clean Energy” town hall forum

Representatives from Lynn, FAU, PBCC and the city of Boca Raton, among others to participate

Published Apr. 09, 2009

Focus the Nation (FTN), a non-profit organization committed to bringing America’s 435 U.S. congressional districts throughout the country together to advocate for profound change in policy and action for a clean and just energy future, is spearheading a nation-wide forum on Saturday, April 18.

Lynn and other South Florida organizations including Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) and the city of Boca Raton, are joining the cause and hosting  “South Florida’s Energy Future: Seizing the Opportunities of the New Energy Economy – Together.” This town hall style forum will be held Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, in the Barry Kaye College of Business, BU 86, room 120. This event is free and open to the public.

The forum will begin with a welcome (10 – 10:30 a.m.) by Kevin Ross, president of Lynn University; Frank Brogan, president of Florida Atlantic University; Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach Community College; and Susan Whelchel, mayor of Boca Raton. The expert panel (from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon) will address South Florida’s energy, economy and our future.

Panelists include:
  • James Murley, chair of the Florida Climate and Energy Commission and director of the FAU center for environmental and urban solutions
  • Howard Hanson, scientific director of FAU’s center for ocean and energy technology
  • Jaap Vos, director of FAU’s school of urban and regional planning
  • Leonard Berry, director of FAU’s Florida center for environmental studies
  • Yalmaz Siddiqui, environmental director of Office Depot
  • Marc Craddock, account executive for energy solutions at Siemens
  • Peter Haviland, project manager of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
  • Joe Naroditsky, executive director of Faiths United for Sustainable Energy
  • Alex Van Mecl, president of FAU’s mission green student association

The symposium will provide a venue for panelists and community members to discuss the development of common strategies to reduce the local community’s ecological footprint, promote sustainability projects, learn about renewable energy projects in the local area, and explore green careers. A main hall networking showcase with university student groups, local “green” companies and businesses also will take place. Please RSVP to this event by Wednesday, April 15 at http://fauf.fau.edu/focusthenation. For more information, contact John Hardman at 561-297-3976 or whardma1@fau.edu.