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Second Annual Sustainable Energy and Design Conference

October 16, 2014 8:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Where: Bronx Community College/CUNY Gould Memorial Library [GM] 2155 University Avenue Bronx, New York 10453
  • Hosted by: THE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY at Bronx Community College/CUNY
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DAY 1 – Thursday, October 16

Keynote Address: Jonathan Trent, Ph.D.

Director of the NASA-OMEGA Global Initiative Project Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

The energy crisis has triggered worldwide interest in using algae as a viable alternative fuel. Dr. Trent, the inventor, heart and soul of the Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) system, uses algae to clean wastewater while producing biofuels, fertilizer and animal food. Integrating solar and tidal energy, the OMEGA Project encompasses all aspects of sustainable urban design.

Panel 1: Sustainability Without Borders | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Clinton Climate Initiative’s Hybrid/Electric Bus Program: Demonstrating One Road to a Sustainable Energy Economy In Latin America

Stephen Crolius, formerly of the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation

The Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor:

Rocket-Fueled Bacteria Provide Potable Water from NYC Wastewater

Mahsa Mehrdad, Ph.D. candidate at City College’s Grove School of Engineering

How Solar Photovoltaics Can Meet the Electricity Needs

of Remote Indian Populations

Mr. Chris Neidl, Bronx-based solar panel manufacturer SolarOne

Global Conservation Efforts in Coastal Waters: Improved Ecosystem Resilience and “Downstream Benefits” to Coastal Communities

Dr. Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society and Columbia University’s Earth Institute

START-UP NY Testimonials/Q&A | 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Doing business in the Bronx? START-UP NY, Governor Cuomo’s initiative, is transforming college communities across the state into tax-free zones for start-ups. Hear first-hand reports from successful applicants to this exciting program.

Panel 2: Urban Design and Infrastructure | 1-4 p.m.

The SolarLeaf Biological Façade: The World’s First Building that Processes Waste in Its Windows While Firing Microalgae in its Furnace

Mr. Jeffrey Schwane, Sustainability Consultant, Arup

IBM’s “Super Model”: The Cloud-Computing Cousin of Watson’s Jeopardy! Genius Forecasts Physics for Large-Scale Solar Deployment.

Dr. Siyuan Lu, Research Staff Member, Department of Physical Sciences,

the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Microbial Materials Science:

Colorful, Water-Repellent, High Tensile Strength Building Materials

Professor Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor of Practice,

NYU and Co-Founder, Terreform ONE

Plug-In Grid Infrastructure to Convert Passive to Active Networks

Mr. Jeremiah Miller, Analyst, Smarter Grid Solutions

DAY 2 – Friday, October 17

Keynote Address: Adam Siegel

Management Consultant- Energy and National Security

Want to convert your technology into a launchpad for a start-up business? Mr. Siegel will address the considerations for a researcher attempting to build a company using governmental and venture funding. He will discuss his experiences implementing biofuels at the U.S. Navy and survey a range of clean energy markets and projects deemed attractive by today’s funding climate.

Panel 3: Green Research and Development | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nanoscience’s Role in Addressing Our Nation’s Energy Challenges

Dr. James Dickerson, Assistant Director for the User Program and External Affairs, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Marine Microbes as Probiotic Agents for the Shellfish Industry: Bacterial Communication and the Concept of Sustainable Antibiotics

Professor David Rowley, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Solvents for Sustainable Energy Technologies:

The Role of Ionic Liquids in Nuclear Waste Management

Professor Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Department of Chemistry, Queensborough Community College

The B.E.A.R. Project: Solar-Powered Marine Robots, Indigenous Algae and Bronx-Based Tristate Biodiesel

Dr. Rudolph Behrens, Chief Technology Officer, New Water Aquaculture LLC and president

of the Philadelphia-based B.E.A.R. Group

Panel 4: Sustainable Products and Business Models | 1-4 p.m.

Renewable Consumables: Replacing Petroleum With Mushroom-Based Packaging, Automotive and Insulation Materials

Dr. Julian Hadley, Ecovative Design. Troy, NY

The Lucy Solar Lantern: A “One-For-One” Business Model

Dr. Jacques-Philippe Piverger, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, MPOWERD Inc.

High Return Investing in Clean Energy for Underserved Communities

Mr. Keith Kinch, Chief Commercial Officer, BlocPower

Local Business Incubation:

Sustainable Growth for New York City and New York State

Ms. Emily Wheeler, Deputy Director, NYC ACR, Office of Innovation Development,

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Registration including all ticket options:

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY to reserve your seat and lunch.

General Ticket

One-day conference admission $25.00

General Ticket

Two-day conference admission $40.00



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