Washington & Jefferson College to Open Center for Energy Policy & Management to Foster Research & Development, Economic Growth, Community Engagement

WASHINGTON, Pa. (April 18, 2012)— Political powerhouses Susan Eisenhower and Eleanor Clift will help usher in a new era at Washington & Jefferson College on Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., just a day before the Pennsylvania Primary, when the College officially opens its Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM).

The CEPM provides opportunities for the free exchange of ideas and information, leading to economic and policy development that promotes both traditional and alternative energy industries in Southwestern Pennsylvania in ways that provide jobs, protect the environment, and advance national security. Other energy luminaries will join in panel discussions and lectures, which are open to the public, marking the opening day’s events:

  • Susan Eisenhower, Chairman of Leadership and Public Policy Programs, Eisenhower Institute
  • Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor, Newsweek, Panelist, The McLaughlin Group
  • Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, President, W&J College
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Timothy Solobay
  • Jon Delano, Political Analyst, KDKA
  • Bill Flanagan, Allegheny Regional Conference
  • Joseph Dooley, Senior Associate, Clean Energy Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Mark Kempic, Acting President, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland
  • Kathleen McGinty, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Strategic Growth, Weston Solutions, Inc.
  • David Wendt, President, The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs
  • Steven Winberg, Vice President for Research & Development, CONSOL

The CEPM is led by Diana Stares, an experienced attorney who previously served as Regional Counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), overseeing all of the legal work performed from the Pittsburgh office of the DEP. 

The Center for Energy and Policy Management will house the newly created proprietary Washington & Jefferson College Energy Security Index, a one-of-a-kind logarithm that measures the energy security of the United States. Developed on the Washington & Jefferson College campus by two faculty economists, Dr. Leslie Dunn and Dr. Robert Dunn, the index will be unveiled for the first time on opening day.

Under Stares’ leadership, CEPM initiatives include working to foster the use of compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel, convening a group that evaluated the mechanics and economics of converting existing gasoline-powered vehicles, and establishing fueling stations to support those vehicles.

The Environmental Law Institute has partnered with the CEPM to research the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of boom and bust cycles associated with various industries in the United States (mining, timber, steel and automotive). The objective of this project is to identify strategies that communities can implement to maximize long-term benefits of growth associated with these industries.

Research on the economic impact of the Marcellus Shale development in Washington County is an ongoing part of the work of the CEPM. Yongsheng Wang, assistant professor of economics at Washington & Jefferson College and director of the financial economics program, leads this research.

The CEPM welcomes inquiries from other interested parties who would like to create partnerships in support of its work.
Members of the media can receive complimentary tickets to the event. For interview requests or other media-related inquiries, please contact Karen Oosterhous at KOosterhous@washjeff.edu or 724-223-5294.

About Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Jefferson College, located in Washington, Pa., was founded in 1781.  Committed to providing each of its students with the highest-quality undergraduate education available, W&J offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum emphasizing interdisciplinary study and independent student work. For more information about W&J, visit www.washjeff.edu or call 888-926-3529.