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WPUI is pleased to invite you to a FREE Members-Only Event with WPUI member University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Clean Energy Community Initiative

This Initiative is led by UW-Madison’s
College of Engineering,
College of Ag and Life Sciences Dept. of Life Sciences Communication,
and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Monday, October 24, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
Online Event


Featured Speaker: Dr. Oliver Schmitz
Associate Dean for Research Innovation
Director of the Grainger Institute of Engineering
Thomas and Suzanne Werner Professor
in the UW-Madison College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Physics

“Wisconsin is already home to a thriving clean energy cluster of enabling infrastructure, strong community and academic engagement, research and knowledge transfer, venture capital, entrepreneurship, workforce development, job growth, and a culture of collaboration. Together with representative clean energy partners, the College of Engineering, Department of Life Sciences Communication, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are organizing a Clean Energy Community Initiative, which seeks to advance the overall economics of clean energy within our region—Wisconsin and the upper Midwest—and facilitate a community-led, solution-focused clean energy transition. In partnership, we can build an engine that empowers communities, strengthens collaboration, identifies and closes technology and policy gaps, and transforms our cluster into a growing, evolving innovation ecosystem with long-term sustainability. This approach puts the challenges of the diverse communities in this region at the center, not the end, of the selection and definition process. Technologies are selected, functional specifications are defined, development and financing pathways are created such that social acceptance is reached from the beginning and the dedicated benefit to all communities in the region is built into the creation pathway. This noble and challenging goal needs the participation of all energy partners in the region in this process, and we are reaching out to learn about perspectives towards this goal as well as gather input about specific challenges and priorities. This talk will summarize the status of the emerging community formation process and invite open feedback, discussion, and engagement.” – Oliver Schmitz