The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2001 (Volume 2, Number 2)

Planning Begins for International Environmental Conference in Shanghai, China

Several E&EM faculty members and students are helping to organize the International Conference on Energy and Environment, which will be held in May 2003 in Shanghai, China.   The George Washington University will be co-sponsoring the conference with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.  Expectations are that the conference will provide a gathering for prominent environmental and energy scientists and engineers from around the world.  

The conference will address our needs in the new century to face the great challenges of meeting increasing needs for energy while protecting our environment and mitigating the effects of global climate change. It will seek out new strategies and efficient methods to address this challenge.  The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum to explore ways in which major energy players of the world, particularly electrical power generating organizations, can help the world to better understand the implications of increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and to identify ways in which such organizations can action to help counteract such increasing concentrations.
Shanghai Conference U.S. Planning Committee
The U.S. Planning Committee for the 2003 International Conference on Energy and Environmental meet on November 9, 2001.  From left to right are Dr. Mark Starik, GW School of Business and Public Management; Dr. William Roper, Chairman, GW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Elvin Yuzugullu, E&EM doctoral student; Dr. Timothy Tong, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Dr. Jonathan P. Deason, Lead Professor, Environmental and Energy Management Program; Dr. Robert A. Romano, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management, GW School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Li-Chun Liu, graduate student, GW School of Engineering and Applied Science
 
Heavily involved in the conference planning activities are E&EM faculty members Robert A. Romano, C. Richard Cothern and Jonathan Deason (Organizing Committee Co-Chairman).  Also working on the event are E&EM graduate students Elvin Yuzugullu and Brian Smith.  These E&EM faculty members and students are joining Dr. Timothy Tong, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Dr. Tee L. Guidotti, Chairman, GW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Health Sciences; Dr. William Roper, Chairman, GW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Dr. Mark Starik, associate professor of strategic management and public policy, School of Business and Public Management and Director, GW Center for Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, and Ms. Li-Chun Liu, SEAS graduate student, in planning for the event.

It is anticipated that the conclusions and recommendations of the conference will be of interest to a variety of audiences including the U.S. federal government (executive agencies and the Congress), state governments (energy and regulatory agencies and state legislatures), the scientific community, universities, industries utilizing natural resources, public interest and environmental advocacy groups, and the general public.

Major energy producers and consumers of the world, particularly electric utilities, have a special role in the global quest to better understand the implications of increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and to take appropriate actions to counteract such increasing concentrations.  It is expected that the International Energy and Environment Conference will help to identify ways in which major energy producers and consumers can address the phenomenon of climate change associated with increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide while maintaining and increasing the power generating capabilities that our growing world needs.

A copy of the initial announcement for the event can be seen by clicking on the following link:  May 2003 Shanghai International Conference on Energy and Environment

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Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor