Siemens announced the keynote speakers for the Merced Sustainability Symposium celebrating local clean energy projects on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. A reception follows at 5:30 p.m.
Hunter Lovins is a leader in helping companies and communities profit from more sustainable practices. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including her most recent publication, “Climate Capitalism (2011),” as well as hundreds of papers and articles. She was named one of Time magazine's "Hero for the Planet” in 2000, and Newsweek dubbed her a "Green Business Icon" in 2009. Her topic on Oct. 26 is "The Business Case for Protecting the Climate."
She has consulted for governments and the private sector, briefing senior management at such groups as Interface, Mitsubishi, Bank of America, Royal Dutch/Shell, and numerous utility companies. She is a Professor of Sustainable Business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
John Elliott is the director of energy and sustainability at UC Merced. As co-chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, Elliott is also responsible for shaping and implementing the campus sustainability strategy, which includes a "triple-zero" commitment to zero net energy, zero waste and climate neutrality by 2020. He’s involved in all phases of campus infrastructure, including new construction, maintenance, operations, and planning. Elliott also manages the use of a campus-wide building energy management system as a "living laboratory" in order to facilitate operations, performance monitoring, and research.
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The Merced Sustainability Forum is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Theater and Gallery at the Merced Multicultural Art Center, 645 West Main Street, Merced. Please RSVP to Kelly.Fergusson@Siemens.com, 510-861-2168.
The Merced Sustainability Symposium caps a month-long celebration of Clean Energy Projects in the City and County of Merced. On Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. is a Switch-Throwing event celebrating the startup of the county of Merced's new 1.4 megawatt solar photovoltaic system. The system saves annual operating costs by reducing electricity bills, according to a news release. Siemens put local subcontractors to work including Phase One, Collins Electric and others, the news release said. The event is located at the Correctional Facility, 2584 W. Sandy Mush Road, Merced.
Earlier in the month, the City of Merced celebrated its $7.2 million energy- and water-conservation project with Siemens covering 17 main city buildings, seven city parks, the Merced Regional Airport and streetlights city-wide. The project will save the city a guaranteed 3.3 million kilowatts of electricity annually. Siemens is working with local contractors Best Electric, First Day Electric and Modern Air to complete the work.--Sun-Star staff