Friday, April 1, 2011

Cornell 2011 Energy Conference: Energy Security, Sustainability & Environmental Law


Cornell 2011 Energy Conference

Achieving energy independence is a primary goal at all levels of government. But the meaning of energy independence and what that independence looks like vary widely. The United States is clearly in need of a national energy policy that also promotes sustainability. For natural gas to capture more of the market, our energy infrastructure would require change. A distributed energy system with a focus on renewable energy at the local level poses an alternative to fossil fuels. Would the de-centralization of energy production provide greater security? How could the various options map onto plans for a smart grid? And how do existing federal environmental laws play into the quest for sustainability? This opening panel will explore these questions and the critical role that the law must take in attaining energy security that is also sustainable.


Mark Milstein, Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise & Senior Lecturer of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University


Richard Allmendinger, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

William Boyd, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder; Fellow, Renewable And Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice

Wesley D. Sine, J. Thomas Clark Professor in Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise & Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Jefferson W. Tester, David Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director of the Energy Initiative, College of Engineering; Associate Director, Energy Programs, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling