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Sustainability -- Stewardship, the Economy and Why Bother?


January 22, 2013

Are economic and environmental sustainability mutually exclusive?

Please join us at 11:00 this Wednesday, January 23rd in the Friends of the Library Room, 319 Alden as we explore this topic as seen through the mind of Michael Zimmer, Executive in Residence for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Through his talk entitled: Sustainability -- Stewardship, the Economy and Why Bother? Mr. Zimmer will discuss the issues facing our society over the next century and how, by instilling principles of sustainability into our public and private institutions, we can help meet our growing needs. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the private sector's role in promoting sustainable practices as well as organizations who are actively involved in making it happen.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Media requests should be directed to: Scott Miller at millers1@ohio.edu

About Michael Zimmer:

Michael Zimmer has been an Executive in Residence at the Voinovich School since 2007 and is currently working with Ohio University on climate change, energy development issues, energy efficiency and finance and business development issues in the Appalachian region. Mr. Zimmer led the American Bar Association's ABA Renewables and Distributed Energy Committee from 2008 to 2010, and led the ABA's Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee from 2010 to 2012. An expert on energy policy and clean tech transactions and finance, Mr. Zimmer has been at the forefront of policy changes since serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of the American Gas Association to the National Energy Plan, advanced natural gas technologies and liquefied natural gas in the late 1970s. In the early 1980's, he led seminal efforts to establish the cogeneration and renewable energy industry nationwide under PURPA. In the late 1980's, he helped form the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, which promotes the use of natural gas in motor vehicles. By the early 1990's success with cogeneration merged into formation of the national independent power production ("IPP") sector. In 2002, he was invited to join the strategic advisory group that led to the formation of the American Council on Renewable Energy ("ACORE"), the national association of the renewables industry sectors. He has served on the advisory board or Board of Directors of several energy and clean tech companies and national trade groups. His recent work and assignments have also focused on energy and environmental issues in Ohio, Michigan, California, New Jersey and Rhode Island for the manufacturing, buildings and commercial sectors.  He has also worked in law firm management for fifteen years, including a Wall Street and global multinational law firm. He holds degrees from Providence College and the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and attended courses at Brown University and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.