Michigan Energy Conference opens dialogue on efficiency and effectiveness

BIG RAPIDS – The Michigan Energy Conference will promote open dialog on using energy effectively and efficiently to create sustainable environments at home and work during a two-day series of sessions April 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, and at Ferris State University’s Granger Center for Construction and HVACR.

Keynote speaker Gordon V.R. Holness, PE, will draw upon his more than 50 years of experience in design and construction to discuss technology and energy conservation, for which he has won 12 regional and national awards. He is chairman emeritus of Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. Architects and Engineers in Detroit and currently serves as treasurer of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Holness is a professional engineer registered in 42 states and five provinces, and he is a chartered engineer in the United Kingdom.

The conference will continue with an expert panel discussion, breakout sessions and educational workshops. Also highlighting the conference will be a presentation by former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos of Grand Rapids. Founder and president of The Windquest Group, DeVos is active in a wide range of community initiatives, including the revitalization of the Grand Rapids downtown area and improvements to regional health care.

“The Michigan Energy Conference will provide a broad forum for discussion of important energy issues,” said Ron McKean, associate dean of Ferris’ College of Technology. “Bringing industry, government and educational leaders together to dialog on our energy challenges will foster ideas that will result in opportunities for Michigan.”

Added Ferris President David Eisler, “Each of us can make a difference as we work together to become energy independent. To do so will require education, cooperation and investment. Ferris State University seeks to initiate, facilitate and support the dialog and innovation necessary to ensure Michigan a bright, promising future.”

For more information, or to register, for the Michigan Energy Conference, visit www.ferris.edu/mec. Sponsors and exhibitors are asked to register by March 3 to be included in the program listing.

Current sponsors and exhibitors include Ferris State University, Capital Area Construction Council, Consumers Energy, Innovation Works, Mid Michigan Community Action Agency; and The Right Place, Inc., a regional economic development organization.

19 February, 2008