This year, ACEEE marks its 30th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, and to begin thinking through the way forward during our next 30 years, we have embarked on lots of activities to make the most of this great opportunity for celebration and reflection.
On April 26, we kicked off a series of planned symposia with Energy and the Economic Imperative: The Role of Efficiency in Creating a Robust Economy (see related story). Each symposium will explore a pivotal energy efficiency topic such as the future of manufacturing (focusing on the U.S. and Canada); transportation in the 21st century; and laying the foundation for a low-energy building stock. All symposia will be held in D.C.
In late fall, we will host back-to-back national conferences: the first will focus on energy efficiency policy and bring together key players to talk about successful policy initiatives and the post-election implications for future opportunities. The second day’s meeting will examine recent results and current issues in energy analysis by bringing together applied energy efficiency analysts and academic energy modelers.
Bridging the back-to-back “policy and analysis” meetings, ACEEE ‘s 30th Anniversary Reception and Awards Celebration will be our “official birthday party.” We will announce the dates and Washington, D.C. location for the reception and “policy and analysis” conferences soon.
Keep your eye on our Web site! In addition to organizing the symposia and conferences, we plan to launch a new Web site in June. The Drupal content management system will provide the backbone for a cleaner, easier-to-navigate site featuring lots of interactive functionality, integrated policy and research information, an improved state policy comparison tool, publications and conference proceedings (all free and downloadable), Web 2.0 tools, a jobs forum, a calendar of events, a glossary, and much more.
We anticipate lots of opportunities to observe and celebrate our anniversary at our conferences this year, especially the “Buildings” Summer Study coming up in August. We’ll have lots of surprises in store for you at our biggest and oldest conference (it, too, dates back to 1980!). Perhaps you’ll discover a photo of yourself as a 20-something at Asilomar, or in a live-action video hamming it up during a Summer Study skit. At the very least, we can all savor our birthday cake!