A collaborative team of stakeholders led by Farmingdale State College, the University of the West Indies, and the CARIB News, recently hosted the 9th annual International Energy and Sustainability Conference.
Farmingdale State College Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center, Marjaneh Issapour, MSEE, P.E., declared, “We are excited by the number of attendees who took part in this impactful event around education and the business of energy and sustainability, equity, diversity, social justice, and much more.”
The two-day virtual conference provided attendees with cutting-edge developments in renewable energy; and highlights included virtual networking sessions and panel discussions led by subject matter experts from various fields. Attendees received executive-level briefings on topics such as “Building Sustainable Communities in the United States”, “Innovation and Education in the World of Energy and the Environment”, “Sustainable Energy Generation”, and “Combatting Climate Change’s Dual Challenges: Climate and Equity”.
Michael Jones-Bey, who serves as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and leads the Supplier Diversity and Sustainability efforts at New York-based Consolidated Edison, participated in the conference as a speaker on the panel entitled, “Diversity and Equity Programs within the Utilities.” Jones-Bey was enthusiastic about the event and declared, “The mission of this conference has captured my imagination in terms of what is possible. The idea of convening our best and brightest from the scientific, academic, and entrepreneurial communities with the support of government officials and forging partnerships that will spark innovation, jobs, and business opportunities for our people, not only in the US but also in the Caribbean and throughout the diaspora, is a cause worth supporting.”
Jones-Bey continued saying, “I believe that this conference has brought together the stakeholder groups that can work together to solve the current crisis we face in ways that not only address issues related to science but also issues related to equity. I know within the ranks of organizations such as the University of West Indies, Historic Black Colleges and Universities, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy that we have the talent and resources to innovate and solve problems. It is just simply a matter of us mobilizing around a common call to action.”
By all accounts, the entrepreneurs, as well as the members of the academic and scientific communities were pleased with the quality of networking and information shared at this conference.
Dr. Corrinne Graham, who is the President GICaR, Inc., a New York State MWBE firm specializing in technology transfer commercialization and training served as one of the lead organizers for the conference stated, “On behalf of David C. Smith, Director of the Centre for Environmental Management and Coordinator at the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies, and the entire conference organizing committee, we are thrilled by the success of this conference. Despite pandemic limitations, our organizing committee worked collectively to strategize how we could host this year’s event on a virtual platform. Our vision was to provide the same excellence as in previous conferences, and I am pleased to say we have succeeded. Our success is attributable to many factors, but would not have been possible without the sponsors and subject matter experts who participated in our panel discussions. Our two-day conference had over 600 registrants, a 20% increase in registrants from previous years. We aspire to be in person once again in 2022/2023 and in the interim, we will continue our…