National Extension Energy Summit
The National Extension Energy Summit is a bi-annual event that brings together Extension professionals and clean energy advocates supporting energy innovations in their communities. At the National Extension Energy Summit, Extension energy leaders can learn, network, interact, and develop Extension programs that:
- Increase energy literacy
- Find energy solutions
- Boost economic development opportunities
- Take advantage of regional energy attributes
- Align energy research
- Encourage commercialization of new innovations
- Help inform regional and national energy policies, and
- Provide research-based information to communities.
The inaugural National Extension Energy Summit took place in Fort Collins, CO from April 29-May 1, 2013 with 68 attendees from 28 states. Colorado State University hosted with collaboration with Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
The vision for the Summit was forged at the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges: The Next 50 Years. This conference explored energy challenges and identified potential roles and actions for public and Land-Grant universities addressing the nation’s energy needs. The conference’s panel on renewable energy concluded that public and land-grant universities should be and will be actively involved in finding energy solutions. The panel found that the renewable energy industry could benefit significantly for increased collaboration with university researchers. Read more about the 2012 conference here.