Alternative Energy Forum 2010

by Melissa Rogers and Jessica Goodman

Cameron University’s Public Policy Forum V presents Alternative Energy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the main conference room of the Center for Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES).

The topic for the forum this year is in response to the energy climate that Oklahoma is currently being challenged with. Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor of Political Science as well as this year’s forum organizer, said that this idea was put into motion at the beginning of 2010.

“The forum is trying to find a sustainable mix of alternative and traditional energy policies that have been initiated in Oklahoma,” Wohlers said.

The goal of the forum is to provide participants a broader understanding between the culture and the history of the region, combined with the energy needs of our state. By doing this, there will be will an expert panel of professionals in the energy field, legislators and professors. The purpose of the panel is to show the current energy strategies, as well as future endeavors when it comes to the three alternatives: natural gas, wind and solar.

A huge emphasis relies on “how you can foster policy debate and solutions to current problems,” Wohlers said.

The success of this forum depends on the participation of the public. Dr. Wohlers is encouraging all students to lend their voices during this debatable discussion.

Admission to this forum is free and open to any member of the public. For those who register in advance, lunch will also be provided.

For more information on this event as well as the link to register visit http://www.cameron.edu/history_government/altenfor2. Further questions can be addressed to Dr. Tony Wohlers at 581.2496 or Dr. Douglas Catterall at 581.2949.

The Alternative Energy Forum is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the We People Initiative of the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). The Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Program also provided partial funding. Sustainable OKC and Transition Town OKC are supporting outreach partnerships.

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