2017 Leadership in Energy Advancement and Development (LEAD) Series Forum #3: Renewable Energy in Higher Education

July 26, 2017


How can Virginia colleges and universities leverage their sustainability targets to stay competitive? 


On September 12th 2017, VA-REA will host its third LEAD series forum of 2017 in partnership with Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia.


Increasingly, higher education institutions are scrambling to meet the demands from students and faculty to go green with clean energy. More colleges are also committing themselves to campus carbon reduction targets with no clear plan on how to achieve them. How can Virginia colleges and universities leverage their sustainability targets to stay competitive?


The one-day event will consider the barriers and opportunities for renewable energy development at colleges and universities in Virginia. It will feature Virginia education, business and government leaders discussing how renewable energy can help higher education institutions achieve their sustainability and bottom line goals, and provide networking opportunities with Virginia’s leading renewable energy stakeholders.




Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm


Location: Freeman Center 201, Christopher Newport University (1 University Pl, Newport News, VA 23606)


Event Registration:  



Purpose of event:


  • Hear lunch keynote speaker, Michael Dowd, Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division discuss the barriers and opportunities for renewable energy development in Virginia.

  • Panel discussion #1: What are the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy development at Virginia’s colleges and universities?

    • Preston Bryant - McGuireWoods (Panel Moderator)

    • Lora Toothman - Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia 

    • Ron Jefferson - Appalachian Power Company 

    • Dr. Tony Smith - Secure Futures, LLC 

  • Panel discussion #2: What are the advantages colleges realize from investment in renewable energy?

    • Rich Allevi - Sun Tribe Solar (Panel Moderator)

    • Dr. Jonathan Miles - James Madison University 

    • Dr. Loren Swartzendruber - President Emeritus - Eastern Mennonite University 

    • Kyle West - Coronal Energy 

    • Bill Murray - Dominion Energy 

    • Jesse Warren - University of Virginia

  • Strengthen professional connections and business opportunities by interacting with industry, utility, policy and financing leaders within the Virginia renewable energy market.


Why you should attend:  By participating in this event, you will receive the following benefits:


  • Insights from renewable energy panelists discussing how Virginia’s regulated utilities and third parties can implement renewable energy solutions at colleges and universities across the Commonwealth;

  • Insights from keynote a speaker about the future of renewable energy development in Virginia;

  • Engage with leading renewable energy experts during two panel discussions and networking sessions;

  • Free lunch and morning refreshments.


Register here today!




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