The fifth annual Michigan Energy Conference will be hosted by Ferris State University on Thursday, April 12 at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.
Registration for the daylong conference is $95. Students may attend for free and registration is open to the public. Those who pre-register will receive admission for themselves plus one guest to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the “Butterflies are Blooming” exhibit. The theme of this year’s conference is “Research to Reality.” Attendees receive a complimentary breakfast at 7 a.m. and the energy-packed day continues until 4 p.m.
“We have had an absolutely wonderful lineup of content, great speakers and great participation from presenters in the past, but the participation for those who show up at the door has been tough. This is our fifth annual conference so we decided to change the location to see if we can reach a wider audience,” said Deborah Dawson, co-chair of MEC. “We would like people to get a better understanding of energy changes and energy technology. We want people to be aware of it and know what is going on.”
Keynote speakers, a university presidential panel discussion and energy-related breakout sessions will focus on energy, energy innovation, technology and sustainability opportunities within Michigan. The conference will feature additional networking opportunities for attendees.
“We anticipate that each attendee may take away a different aspect. The gardens themselves are an appropriate venue, because they emphasize the connection with the environment and nature,” said Brian Craig, co-chair of MEC.
Keynote speakers include: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and Gov. Rick Snyder’s senior energy policy advisor Valerie Brader. Gov. Snyder has been extended an invitation to attend the event. Ferris President David Eisler, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas and Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender will be a part of the President’s Panel.
“I like the opportunity to convene thought leaders in our state on this very important topic,” Craig said.
Breakout session discussion topics include: energy research, energy education, building energy, code/policy and reality. Students may also partake in the energy poster competition for a chance to win a scholarship.
To learn more about the conference, the agenda or the poster competition visit here.
Last updated: 02-14-2012