On Sept. 17, Ithaca College provided a green learning opportunity for the college community that went beyond the classroom.
The college hosted the Clean Energy Summit: Re-Imagining Upstate New York’s Energy Future to examine the future of clean energy in New York state. In a crowded room in Emerson Suites, a panel and several speakers discussed green business development, clean energy technology and green jobs. Speakers from organizations like the Alliance for Clean Energy New York and the Solar Energy Consortium, as well as Rep. Maurice Hinchey, discussed ways to attain clean energy in upstate New York.
Paul Shatsoff, director of public policy and government relations for the Workforce Development Institute, said the state is in a new era concerning clean energy policies and the economic development opportunities in clean energy. By hosting the conference, the college showed that it is aware of the current environmental issues. In doing so, the college put itself on the map for future conferences and seminars about environmental issues. Students interested in pursuing environmental careers were also able to network and receive advice from the speakers.
The college is encouraged to host more conferences like the Clean Energy Summit. On-campus conferences that include state speakers increase the college’s reputation and show how much it cares about global climate issues. By hosting more conferences about national and global issues, students at the college receive an education that goes beyond textbooks.