The 4th annual Energy Expo is heading into it’s second and last day at Georgia Tech after a strong first day start. Yesterday’s event began with a screening of Before the Flood, a documentary about the impact of climate change, directed by Fisher Stevens and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Academy Award winner, Fisher Stevens, then skyped and spoke with those attending, he answered questions regarding the movie and climate change. It then transitioned into a panel discussion of Forecasting Climate Change’s Impact on Energy, Sustainability, and Equity. Moderator Rafaela Moura (Senior Energy and Climate Advisor) spoke with Stephanie Benfield (Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Atlanta), Paul Rugambwa (Rwanada Ministry of Infrastructure) and MaKara Rumley (Principal of Hummingbird Firm). Topics included the impact of the issues being faced by climate change and ways to become involved, whether it be volunteering with organization, raising awareness or reaching out to government officials to acknowledge environmental issues in the community.
The second day of the Energy expo has begun and has sessions and keynote addresses lined up for those attending. The Energy Expo will be running from 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom at the Georgia Tech Student Center. The schedule for this day of Friday February 10th is as follows...
8:00am – Registration & Coffee 9:00am – “The Grand Energy Challenge” – Keynote Address by Dr. Kenneth Medlock (Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy) 10:00am – Assessing Biofuels for Sustainable Development Panel Session 11:00am – Coffee Break 11:15am – Where Are We Headed: Technology, Economics, and Policy Panel Session 12:15pm – Lunch 1:30pm – “Unparalleled Opportunities for Impact on Energy & Environment” – Keynote Address: Dr. Cheryl Martin (World Economic Forum) 2:30pm – Integrating Renewables with Energy Storage Technologies Panel Session 3:30pm – Closing Remarks 4:00pm – Showcase & Networking Reception (Student Center Peachtree Room) 5:30pm – Student Showcase Awards Announced 6:30pm – Event Concludes
Along with the keynote addresses and panels, speakers are Mike Whitlatch (Vice President of UPS Global Energy and Procurement), Jamie Barber (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager at Georgia Public Service Commission), John Carberry (CEO of Mossey Creek Technologies), and so many more. The attendants are encouraged to go to the Expo Showcase and Networking reception that will be featuring student and industry posters, presentations and demonstrations. Attendants of the reception are able to vote for which Showcase presentation they enjoyed the most and the winner will then be announced at the conclusion of the Expo. Join them for an interactive conversation on technology, policy, and business topics relevant to the Southeast’s energy and become a part of Atlanta's future. If you would like more information on the 2017 Energy Expo at Georgia Tech, hosted by the Georgia Tech Energy Club, visit their website. If you are interested in attending the Energy Expo the event is open to the public, follow the Eventbrite website for registration.