Sustainable Energy and Communities Summit Hosted In Reno October 16th

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One of our innovative collaborations, REA250, is proud to volunteer our efforts to facilitate this important renewable energy discussion.  Tickets are $10, $8 for Nevada Museum of Art members.  Seating is limited.  Tickets can be purchased online in advance at the NMA online ticket office.

Regional and national business, education, community, and arts leaders converge at the Nevada Museum of Art for a half-day summit charting Northern Nevada’s course toward developing new vibrant communities growing out of the arts, sustainable energy businesses and economies, workforce education and training initiatives, and the environment in the twenty-first century.

As the nation begins to recover from the current economic downturn, the only precedent for which is the Great Depression, Northern Nevada is poised to lead the way to recovery in a New Economy based on clean, sustainable, and renewable energy; strong, effective businesses that create good jobs and foster long term economic prosperity; and rich environments in the arts, education, and the outdoors.

Why the Nevada Museum of Art
As a catalyst for innovation, education, and economic development, the Nevada Museum of Art plays a powerful role in creating a vibrant community fabric by initiating and convening dialogue around important civic issues such as sustainable energy.

Four panels—one each on art, environment, business, and workforce training and education—followed by a keynote address delivered by Chevron Energy Solutions CEO Jim Davis, address how art, business, education, and environment each serve as catalysts for stimulating a new paradigm in Northern Nevada’s culture and economy.

Keynote Address
Jim Davis, CEO of Chevron Energy Solutions (CES), will present a keynote address about the prospects for expanding and sustaining renewable energy programs in Nevada. Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) is one of the world’s leading energy efficiency and renewable energy services companies and the largest developer of solar power solutions for education facilities in North America.

Joan Myers: Western Power
Photographer Joan Myers recognizes that as consumers we often take the source of our power supply for granted, paying little attention to how energy is generated and distributed. In her series of panoramic photographs, Western Power, Myers makes visible a range of power plants—fueled by uranium, oil, gas, coal, water, solar, wind, and geothermal energy—throughout the Western United States. The photographs in this exhibition are a part of the Nevada Museum of Art’s Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape photography collection.

EXHIBITION DETAILS Joan Myers: Western Power features six platinum palladium photographic prints in the Museum’s Prim Theater Gallery. The exhibition is organized by Ann M. Wolfe, and accompanies the Nevada Museum of Art Sustainable Energy and Communities Summit organized
by Colin M. Robertson on Friday, October 16, 2009. Joan Myers, Solar Troughs, Kramer Junction, 1999/2002, platinum palladium print with watercolor Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection

Panel 1: Art and Architecture

Moderator: Colin Robertson, Curator of Education, Nevada Museum of Art

Objectives: a) to launch the Summit and one of its central ideas—that vibrant communities are created through networks connecting the arts, education, and business; b) to express the ways in which art and architecture, and the modes of artistic practice artists and architects use every day, catalyze cultural and therefore environmental change; c) to address the ways in which art can precipitate dialogue about renewable, sustainable energy
Panelists: Heather Lineberry, Interim Director, Arizona State University Art Museum; Don Clark, AIA, Cathexes Architecture; Christine Fey, City of Reno Arts and Culture Manager; Dr. Howard Rosenberg, Chair, University of Nevada Department of Art

Panel 2: Community and Environment

Moderator: Colin Robertson, Curator of Education, Nevada Museum of Art Objectives: a) to illustrate how the physical environment of
Nevada functions as a kind of catalyst for technological innovation in renewable energy production, making Nevada the environment for building new communities and economies based on clean energy; b) to present the ways in which Reno, specifically, and Nevada, in general, are utilizing the physical environment, institutional and intellectual resources, and organizational and community leaders to effect lasting change in the socio-economic and cultural fabric of the region through sustainable energy evolution; and c) to demonstrate that Nevada’s business and educational environments can foster long-term economic prosperity and the conditions necessary for strong, vibrant communities and environmental sustainability

Panelists: Philip Satre, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NV Energy; Jason Geddes, City of Reno Environmental Services Administrator; Dr. Steve Wells, President, Desert Research Institute; Stacy Crowley, AIA, LEED, Kiley Ranch Communities

Panel 3: Business and Sustainable Energy Business Incubators
Moderator: Jill Derby or Susan Clark Objectives: a) to demonstrate how Nevada is using safe havens, business incubators and accelerators to create the conditions for innovation and competition essential to stimulating new economic drivers in industries cultivating opportunities in renewable and sustainable energy sectors; b) to address the ways in which business and institutions of higher education are working together to precipitate a surge of businesses and future business leaders committed to lasting energy sustainability, independence, and efficiency

Panelists: Dr. Thomas Harris, University of Nevada, Reno; Fred Sibayan, CEO, Vortex IP; Amy Berry, Manager of Corporate Communications, Mariah Power; James Croce, President/CEO, Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization

Panel 4: Education and Workforce Training
Moderator: Susan Clark
Objectives: a) to demonstrate that education and workforce training in new technologies is essential to creating the conditions that will yield successful businesses in an economy revolving around renewable and sustainable energy; b) to illustrate that Nevada’s institutions of higher education are ready to begin training and education programs in collaboration with labor organizations to prepare  workforces for new job opportunities in sustainable energyrelated industries, and supporting the successes of businesses in a new energy economic paradigm

Panelists: Dr. Ted Plaggemeyer, Dean of Math, Science, Technology & Engineering, Truckee Meadows Community College; Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO; Larry Mosley, Director, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

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