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Skidmore College

Student-organized forum to explore New Energy Economy

January 27, 2012

When: Friday, February 17, noon - 6 pm

Where: Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Jeff Goodell
Keynote speaker
Jeff Goodell

The New Energy Economy Forum (NEEF) is the first o f its kind in the Saratoga region: a student-organized conference designed to highlight how the newest wave of clean energy solutions canhelp homeowners, local businesses and the environment. The conference is free and open to the public, and will feature talks by industry leaders, expert panel discussions, technology demos, and a networking session designed to connect students and jobseekers with leaders in the new energy economy.

Says student organizer Gordon MacPherson, a Skidmore senior: "At NEEF, we will hear from the leaders of the new energy economy and learn how our community can save money, create long-term jobs and protect our natural resources."

For a full listing of the speakers and information on how to register,

The public is also invited to the keynote speech by Rolling Stone journalist and best-selling author Jeff Goodell on Thursday, February 16, at 7 pm. Said MacPherson, "Goodell's talk on America's coal industry and the issues facing our climate will set the stage for the forum on Friday, and drive home the importance of working toward an alternative energy future that saves money and protects our health and the environment."

Featuring presentations by:

Jim Adams of Natural Power

Rodney Wiltshire of Empire Solar Store

Gabe Stinson of the Radiant Store

Marion Trieste of Trieste Associates

Nat Hancock of National Grid

Peter Olmsted of Vote Solar

And more?

As well as panel discussions on:

Energy solutions for local businesses

Homeowner incentives for clean energy

Energy policy in New York State & beyond

The role of communication and media in growing the energy economy

Regional transportation solutions

This conference was organized in part with help from Focus the Nation, a national nonprofit group with the goal of empowering young people to take action and accelerate the transformation to a clean energy society. More information about Focus the Nation can be found at their website,

Contact Information

Gordon MacPherson
NEEF Student Coordinator

Riley Neugebauer
Skidmore College Sustainability Coordinator

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