Energy + Higher Ed: Part 2 of Fresh Energy's 2022 Summer Webinar Series
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Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe.

Once again this July, Thursdays are Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Register here to join Fresh Energy and special guests for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of energy in our lives.

Today's webinar features how Minnesota colleges are modeling net zero innovation—and teaching the next generation of leaders. But what’s next on the horizon for these important institutions?  Join Fresh Energy's Allen Gleckner and guests Martha Larson of RMF Engineering, Rose Patzer of Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence, and Amelia Vohs of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy to discuss this and more.

Meet the Panelists:

Martha Larson | she/her | RMF Engineering
Martha Larson is currently the Director of Sustainability at RMF Engineering. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1999 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Martha began her career in Chicago as an acoustical consultant and project manager for complex visual and performing arts projects. In 2010, Martha became the first Manager of Campus Energy & Sustainability at Carleton College where she helped the college reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 70%. Notable projects included the Kracum wind turbine installation and an eight-year transition of the College’s district energy system from steam heating to low temperature hot water with geothermal heating and cooling.

Rose Patzer | she/her | Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence
Rose Patzer has an MBA in Business Administration and a B.A. in Chemistry. Rose has served as faculty at Minnesota West since 2007 in the Biofuels Technology and Energy Technical Specialist programs. She also provides project management services to the Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence activities and actively participates in the Minnesota Energy Consortium meetings. She has a number of publications, presentations, awards, and certifications in areas renewable energy, biodiesel and agriculture. She enjoys promoting awareness about the renewable and traditional energy industries and has actively participated in a variety of energy-related federal and state grants throughout her career. Rose currently serves as the interim executive director for the Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence.

Amelia Vohs | she/her | Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Amelia Vohs is a regulatory attorney with the local non-profit Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and an instructor of the Environment and Energy Law Clinic through the University of Minnesota. She litigates clean energy cases, specializing in matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and other state utility boards.

This webinar was made possible by Great River Energy (Gold Sponsor) and Sunrun (Bronze Sponsor). You can view a video of the webinar here.

Thank you to our event's Promotional Partners:
Citizen’s Utility Board of Minnesota
Climate Generation
Conservation Minnesota
Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
Impact Power Solutions (IPS)
100 Percent Campaign
Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Great Plains Institute
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Union of Concerned Scientists

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