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Student-led Conference Explores Business Response to Climate Change

GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie described how China built an industry around clean energy.

What does it mean to create a renewable energy future?  What is the link between business and policy when it comes to clean technology?   How can new energy strategies create lasting social and environmental good?

These were among the topics explored during the February 10th second annual Business Response to Climate Change conference, which was led by GW School of Business MBA students.

Dean Doug Guthrie opened the conference by sharing his insights into the popular misconception that China is “stealing” clean energy jobs.  He stressed that more clean energy jobs should be created here in the United States, and offered tips on how policymakers can work together with business leaders to make this happen.  To watch a video of Dean Guthrie’s speech, click here.

Keynote speaker David Rothkopf, president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, shared his perspective on globalization’s effect on the renewable energy revolution, and how different countries are approaching the economic challenges and opportunities of becoming green.

A diverse mix of speakers from both the business and policy world shared insights on clean energy development and management.  They included Brandon Bedford from the United States Department of Energy and Dr. Robert Ichford of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

A morning of panel discussions was followed by a career fair and networking reception that highlighted jobs at government agencies, organizations and corporations.  Participants included Booz Allen Hamilton, Efficiency Exchange, the United Nations Foundation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Pepco.  A full list of companies is available at  The conference was organized in collaboration with Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins SAIS and the F. David Fowler Career Center.

To hear MBA student Andrew Seal talk about the Business Response to Climate Change conference, click here.

Posted by gwsb on February 24, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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