February 26, 2007
Students organize 'Energy Crossroads' conference to address clean energy
Stanford University will host "Energy Crossroads," an interdisciplinary conference March 1-3 offering fresh perspectives on the future of clean energy. Distinguished speakers include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former CIA Director Robert James Woolsey, partners from top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms and leading researchers on energy policy and technology.
Driven by concerns for the environment, economic growth and national security, Energy Crossroads aims to coalesce a coalition of policymakers, engineers, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, academics and activists. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or obtain detailed information, go to http://www.energycrossroads.org/.
"A crossroads is a place where paths converge and new directions are chosen," said Lyuba Wolf, a Stanford senior and director of the conference. "We see Energy Crossroads as a meeting of the minds across disciplines and across sectors. If these powerful forces work together, we believe we can make great strides toward clean energy solutions."
Speakers will include Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Steve Westwell, vice president of BP Alternative Energy; and Steve Chu, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The conference, organized by Stanford student groups, is taking place at various locations throughout campus. It kicks off Thursday in White Plaza with a career fair at 10 a.m. and the Clean Tech Expo from 4 to 6 p.m. Woolsey's opening address is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Kresge Auditorium.
Panel discussions Friday will address clean energy solutions, ways to make energy efficiency and renewables competitive, and development of the international clean energy market. Friedman will deliver the keynote address, "Green Is the New Red, White and Blue," at 1 p.m. Friday in Memorial Auditorium.
On Saturday, students will gather for a policy competition hosted by the Stanford chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, a national student policy think tank.
Conference sponsors are Stanford's Office of the President, the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, the Hoover Institution, the School of Earth Sciences, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Stanford Center on Ethics, the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES), Mohr Davidow Ventures and the 11th Hour Project, a Silicon Valley nonprofit organization focused on solutions to climate change issues.
Student groups involved in organizing the conference are the Roosevelt Institution, BASES, the Stanford chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, the Energy Club of the Graduate School of Business and the Green Dorm Project.
The conference coincides with Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford, scheduled from Feb. 24 through March 3. Stanford was the venue for the national launch of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA.
The event is open to the press and public, but registration is required. To register or obtain detailed program information, go to http://www.energycrossroads.org/.