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Miami Dade College Welcomes Business and Government Leaders for Major Renewable Energy Conference - Only Sustainable - Nov. 7-9

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Miami, October 13, 2011 - For the second consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) will host “Only Sustainable,” the 2011 International Conference on Renewable Energy, from Mon., Nov. 7 through Wed., Nov. 9, at its Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center in downtown Miami, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Building 3.

 The “Only Sustainable” conference is considered to be the most important gathering on renewable energy in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Organized in conjunction with Madrid Network’s Energy Cluster and Casa de Madrid, and with the collaboration of Enterprise Florida, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Consulate and Trade Commission of Spain in Miami, this three-day event will feature in-depth discussions and presentations on several prominent international projects. The conference is especially relevant not only for its economic and social significance, but also for the topics to be discussed and the roster of distinguished panelists and guest speakers that will include public officials from the local, state and federal government, as well as local business leaders and government officials from Spain.

 The participation of renowned professional and institutional figures within the energy and agriculture sectors is a major part of this conference. The panelists will offer critical analysis on various topics, such as: new federal legislation in the energy field; state regulation, grant programs and tax incentives; renewable sources with a focus on solar and wind power and bio-energies, current situations and business projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America; economic alternatives and financing models; green building for commercial, health and residential, and much more. The conference will be a must for attorneys, state and municipal officials, land owners, environmentalists, utility managers, real estate developers and professionals, bankers and financial institutions, renewable energy companies, and investors.

 Among the dozens of high-caliber panelists and speakers expected are: MDC president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam; the Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico Francisco Xavier Salazar; Florida Public Service Commissioner and member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Ronald Brise; the Sr. Vice President for International Trade and Business Development of Enterprise Florida Inc. Mr. Manuel “Manny” A. Mencia Sr; Her Excellency Ambassador Maria Cristina Barrios Almanzor Consul General of Spain in Florida; the Director of National Energy Commission of Spain Mr. Luis Jesús Sánchez de Tembleque; the Minister of Presidency, Justice and Interior for the Government of Madrid Mr. Francisco Granados; the President of the Association of Producers of Renewable Energies of Spain Mr. José M. González Vélez; and others. Florida Governor Rick Scott has also been invited.

 The United States is aiming at doubling its renewable energy production within the next three years positioning the country as the world's leading renewable energy producer. Latin America’s market scale and proactive renewable energy policies are moving its renewable energy industry toward a key tipping point.  Spain is one of the world's biggest producers of wind power, photovoltaic electricity generation in new buildings, solar hot water systems and commercial solar energy power. 

It is only fitting that the Conference is held at MDC a leader in sustainability initiatives in higher education. In 1993, Miami Dade College created the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) to coordinate college-wide efforts to promote environmental literacy, but the College’s “green” legacy goes back much farther. The Environmental Education Center at the Kendall Campus was launched in the 1970s as a demonstration center of best practices well before the environment was a topic of popular concern.

Today, one of the College’s 10 Learning Outcomes states that graduates should be able to “describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.” All instructors in all courses are encouraged to include this outcome in their curriculum.

In addition, the College Strategic Plan, which guides its growth, added the theme of Environmental Sustainability in 2007.  The Facilities Department has revised their design and construction standards for new construction/remodeling/renovation of facilities to include sustainability requirements. Moreover, Green Teams have been established at MDC’s campuses to involve everyone in going green. MDC is also a leader in green jobs training. It recently opened a cutting edge culinary facility, the Miami Culinary Institute, which will be LEED certified and currently tracking a gold designation.

Finally, the College is also a signatory of The Talloires Declaration, which is a U.N.-sponsored action plan for institutions of higher education to create a culture of environmental sustainability.

The Only Sustainable conference is organized in collaboration with over twenty organizations and institutions from Florida, Latin America and Spain, including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, Gateway Florida, Latin Builder’s Association, and FIBA.  The conference is officially sponsored by Caja Madrid and Iberia.

Miami Dade College Welcomes Business and Government Leaders for Major Renewable Energy Conference - Only Sustainable - Nov. 7-9

To register, or for more information, please visit www.onlysustainable.com.          

 

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