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ProgramSURE 2009


Renewable Energy 101 - Wednesday, November 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall, ESF Campus

Energy issues and challenges are making headlines every day. "Renewable Energy 101" is an opportunity to learn more and to ask questions about all the issues and ideas you have read and heard about. After a brief overview of the conceptual framework of renewable energy ideas, issues, and decisions, ESF and SU faculty, staff, and students will help you understand and will respond to questions about basic renewable energy terms and concepts.

4:00 p.m. Registration

Renewable Technologies Overview and Discussion

Facilitators: Michael Kelleher and Dr. Timothy Volk, SURE 2009 Co-Chairs

  • Sustainable Business Decisions
    Elet Callahan, Professor of Law & Public Policy, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
  • Wind and Solar Thermal
    Michael Kelleher, Director of Renewable Energy Systems, SUNY-ESF
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
    Dr. Neal Abrams, Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Biomass Heating on a Small Scale
    Dr. Timothy Volk, Co-Director, SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy and Senior Research Associate, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY-ESF
6:30 Program End

Putting Renewable Technology to Work - Thursday, November 5th, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall, ESF Campus

This program will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the renewable energy technologies at work in Central New York along with current technology and business applications of renewable energy systems including solar, wind power, biomass, and biofuels. This year's SURE program is offered by SUNY-ESF as a collaborative effort of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP). SEP, a collaborative effort led by SUNY-ESF, the Whitman School of Management (Syracuse University), and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, takes a distinctive, transdisciplinary approach, to world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise.

This program is being reviewed for required professional certification hours for engineers (PDHs), architects (CEUs), and landscape architects (LUs).

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Overview

Emily Gillis, Project Coordinator, ESF Outreach
Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Dean, ESF Outreach


Moving Central New York Forward on the Renewable Energy Path

Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., President, SUNY-ESF

Climate Change Challenges: Meteorology and Climate Change

Dave Eichorn, Adjunct Professor, SUNY-ESF and Onondaga Community College


Greenhouse Gas Emissions and What to Do About Them

Climate Change and Energy Use: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future
Michael Kelleher, Director of Renewable Energy Systems, SUNY-ESF

Carbon in U.S. Energy Use
Dr. Peter Wilcoxen, Associate Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

10:30 Break

Residential and Small Commercial Applications for Biomass Fuels

Woody Biomass Supply in NY
Dr. Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, SUNY-ESF

Charlie Niebling, General Manager, New England Wood Pellets LLC

Conversion Technologies
Dr. Morris Pierce, Energy Manager, University of Rochester

Wood Boilers
David Dungate, Owner, ACT Bioenergy

12:15 Lunch

Resource Opportunities: The Evolving Green Supply Chain
Moderator: Dr. Lisa Cleckner, Assistant Director of Operations for Quality Assurance & Research, Syracuse Center of Excellence

Nuts & Bolts of Greening Business Practices
Dr. Scott Webster, The Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Patrick Penfield, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Practice, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Dwayne Cole, PhD student, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

3:00 Closing Comments
3:15 Break
Concurrent Sessions

A. Resource Management Strategies: Land Owner Opportunities
Moderator: Dr. Timothy Volk

  • Farm Land
    Daniel Conable, Director, NY Biomass Energy Alliance
  • Forest Management
    Rene Germain, Associate Professor, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY-ESF
  • Carbon Credits
    Matt Smith, Forester and Director of Ecosystem Services, FORECON EcoMarket Solutions, LLC

B. Opportunities and Incentives for Businesses and Home Owners
Moderator: Michael Kelleher

  • Incentives
    Chris Carrick, CNY Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, NYSERDA
  • Energy Efficiency
    James Stapleton, Manager - Energy Efficiency Upstate, National Grid
  • Green Innovations
    Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Director, Center for CleanTech Entrepreneurship
  • Green Jobs
    Art Hamlin, Director of Economic Development, National Grid
4:45 Evaluation
5:00 Program End