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GTI Conference: ‘Energizing America’s Cities’

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released details about its first-ever conference devoted exclusively to sustainable metropolitan energy planning.

Des Plaines, Illinois – August 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Titled “Energizing America’s Cities,” the conference will be held September 19-20, 2002, at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, presenting the latest thinking on technologies, policies and programs designed to create more livable urban communities. The event will bring together some of the nation’s top public- and private-sector leaders to discuss the challenges that all cities face in meeting growing energy demands while also maintaining or improving environmental quality. The conference is also the culmination of the first U.S. Competition for Metropolitan Energy Design, conducted in 2001 and 2002 by GTI. Seven finalist cities will present the award-winning plans and programs they are using to create more sustainable communities. The overall winning entry of the U.S. Competition – prepared by a team from the San Diego Region – will be recognized as the focus for creation of the official U.S. entry to a related International Competition for Sustainable Urban System Design. This international competition was established to stimulate new approaches to the design, development and management of sustainable urban communities. The U.S. entry will be outlined at the Chicago conference and presented in detail in Tokyo, Japan, in June 2003, as part of the 22nd World Gas Conference. Panelists and speakers at the Energizing America’s Cities conference will explore topics ranging from alternative transportation fuels, carbon trading, and Renewable Energy resources to energy efficiency, hydrogen as an energy resource, distributed energy systems, and waste-to-energy technologies. Invited speakers include David Garman, Assistant U.S. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy; The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago; Skip Laitner, Senior Economist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Bruce Gordon, Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Ford Motor Company. Marty Hoffert, Professor of Physics at New York University, will comment on clean energy technologies of the future. An author and energy futurist, Hoffert was a featured participant in the PBS documentary on global warming, ‘What’s Up with the Weather?’