How can existing buildings be made green? What forms of green energy will be economically, environmentally and technologically viable? What are the appropriate business strategies and government regulations for green manufacturing? How can we train and mobilize the energy industry workforce for a green future?
A wide variety of energy professionals, researchers and students will come together in November to consider these and related questions at the First International Conference on Green and Sustainable Technology: Research and Workforce Development.
The conference is organized by the Center for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) at North Carolina A&T. It will be held in Greensboro on Thursday November 18 and Friday November 19. The location will be the Proximity Hotel, the first LEED Platinum-certified hotel in the United States.
“This is an opportunity for architects, contractors, engineers, energy entrepreneurs, building owners, government officials – anyone who is concerned with energy conservation, alternative forms of energy, and the energy workforce of the future,” said Dr. Harmohindar Singh, director of CERT.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include Roger Ebbage, an international instructor in energy management and director of the Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon; Benjamin Goldstein, Recovery through Retrofit Coordinator, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; and Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and president of Bennett College.
Details on the event can be found at http://greenconference.ncat.edu. Early registration runs through October 8. Deadline for submission of papers to be presented is September 15. Dr. Frank Yeboah of the N.C. A&T Department of Construction Management will edit the conference proceedings.
Presentations and discussions at the conference will focus on four areas: green buildings, green energy, green manufacturing, and workforce development. Speakers include researchers and professionals from across the country and around the world.
Sponsors of the event include the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Bennett College, the Freedom Systems Center at N.C. State University, North Carolina A&T, the North Carolina Community Development Initiative Inc., the North Carolina State Energy Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Proximity Hotel.
The conference is co-chaired by Dean Winser Alexander of the N.C. &T College of Engineering and Dean Benjamin Obinero Uwakweh of the N.C. A&T School of Technology.
Professional development hours for engineers will be offered.