May 08, 2008

Governor's energy adviser to deliver keynote address at Fourth Annual Ohio Energy Education Conference

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Mark R. Shanahan will speak to conference participants at May 9 event at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is hosting the Fourth Annual Ohio Energy Education Conference, which will be held Friday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Millis Science Center, 2074 Adelbert Road.

Mark R. Shanahan, energy adviser to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, will deliver the lunchtime keynote address at noon. In his role as Strickland's energy adviser, Shanahan, who earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve, is responsible for coordinating state agencies' efforts to develop a comprehensive Ohio energy policy and to implement the governor's order to significantly reduce state agency energy consumption.

Shanahan also oversees the work of the Ohio Coal Development Office, one of the nation's leading clean coal technology research, development and deployment programs. He has served as Ohio's Clean Air Ombudsman for small business since 1994.

The conference, designed to provide networking opportunities for local, national and international companies in their efforts to find sustainable solutions to saving energy and energy efficiency, is being co-sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers, Positively Cleveland, EPS Ltd. of Lorain, The Ohio Energy Office of the Ohio Department of Development, Direct Energy, Cleveland Public Power and several other energy-related companies and organizations.

Members of academia, business and other energy-related industries will spend the day in a consultative environment with local experts to learn how to implement cost-saving strategies now and earn green certification along the way with alternative energy ideas. Participants will be able to network with experts in such areas as LEED certification, steam system efficiency, electric and natural gas, sustainable development, power quality, energy monitoring and management, compressed air systems and lighting technology innovations.

Case Western Reserve recently launched the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation. The university—already a leader in energy innovation—is coordinating efforts of numerous partners throughout Ohio to provide the state with a competitive advantage in terms of cost, reliability and the ability to access, generate, transport and store its sustainable energy resources.

For more information, view the conference agenda online.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 8, 2008 09:30 AM | News Topics: Alumni, Collaborations/Partnerships, Energy, Environment, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives

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