March 18, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Encourages Energy Secretary to Visit Rochester for Environmental Symposium

Cites Rochester’s Commitment to Alternative Energy as an Economic Engine for Growth

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today encouraged U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to attend the Rochester Business Journal, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology's 2nd annual Environmental Symposium. Secretary Chu has been invited as a keynote speaker for the event. Senator Gillibrand cited Rochester's commitment to using Alternative Energy as a economic engine for growth.

In her letter to Secretary Chu, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "Recently ranked as one of the nation's greenest cities, Rochester and the Greater Rochester region is at the forefront of the new energy economy.  I understand your very busy schedule, but please consider seriously this invitation and hopefully you or a representative from the Department of Energy will be available to keynote this very important event."

The symposium on Thursday, April 16 will be a day-long with more than 450 attendees. The event will cover topics including the business advantages of "going green", sustainable options for municipalities and school districts, and the environmental redesign of existing buildings.  In addition, awards will be presented to fifteen local organizations to recognize their efforts in using alternative energy, creating sustainable enterprises, and developing environmentally friendly products.