RIT Public Policy Distinguished Alumnus Speaker addresses community March 20

Alumnus Patrick Meyer will discuss U.S. State Department impact on energy systems in developing countries

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Patrick Meyer, energy efficiency and conservation adviser for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, will speak at RIT March 20.

As developing countries continue to grow and the demand for energy increases, experts believe that the world’s current energy paradigm is unsustainable and has failed to provide universal access to modern energy services.

To address some of the questions and concerns related to this topic, Rochester Institute of Technology’s public policy program in the College of Liberal Arts presents “Clean, Smart and Secure: How the U.S. Department of State is Transforming Energy Systems Abroad,” 10 a.m.–noon Wednesday, March 20, in Golisano Hall auditorium. The presentation will be delivered by RIT alumnus Patrick Meyer ’06 (public policy, MS).

Meyer is the energy efficiency and conservation adviser for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, where he helps further the U.S. government’s energy-policy goals to facilitate energy systems abroad. Focusing on North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Meyer has engaged foreign-government officials in 12 countries across four continents. Previously, Meyer served as IEEE Congressional Energy Policy Fellow for U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, where he designed public policies for alternative-energy development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

“To address the shortfalls of the world’s energy paradigm, we must transition to new mechanisms for delivering and consuming energy, but this transition will be successful only when built upon sound infrastructure and markets,” Meyer says. “A window is open for power sector reform and fundamentally new approaches to energy technology and investments, the combination of which can set developing countries on the path to sustainable energy systems. This lecture will cover the United States’ foreign-policy agenda for transforming energy systems abroad and provide specific ways students and college graduates can get involved.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ron Hira, RIT associate professor of public policy, at 585-475-7052 or rxhgpt@rit.edu.