University at Albany

UAlbany and Rockefeller Students Lead Power Dialog, April 4-5

The University at Albany and Albany Law School will host the New York State edition of the Power Dialog, April 4-5. The Power Dialog, a national project conceived by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, is designed to raise awareness about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and create opportunities for conversations between students and government leaders regarding its implementation at the state level.

During the first week of April, thousands of students will engage in face-to-face dialog with top state officials in more than 30 states on the critical issue of how states can help meet the U.S. climate commitment of 30 percent cuts in global warming by 2030. The Power Dialog gives students a voice in important decision making that will determine their future, and the future of the earth.

The New York State Power Dialog, a collaboration of the University at Albany, UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and Albany Law School gets underway on Monday, April 4 with an evening seminar to be held at Albany Law. Taking part in the seminar, The Clean Power Plan in the courts: The status of the litigation, the role of the Supreme Court, and the impact of the Paris Agreement, will be Michael Myers of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Michael Burger from the Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. The program will be followed by a reception in the Albany Law School gymnasium.

On Tuesday, April 5, the Power Dialog moves to the University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom for a full day of events including a juried poster session of student work, six student-run workshops, a reception, and evening discussion with special guests Richard Kaufman, Chair of Energy and Finance for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

At Rockefeller College, a 'power dialog' of sorts has been underway since the spring semester began. Adjunct Professor Eleanor Stein, a former administrative law judge with the New York State Public Service Commission, has been teaching a course devoted to the topic. Professor Stein’s students are among those who will be leading afternoon workshops on April 4.

College students from throughout New York State are welcome to attend the Power Dialog. Already registered are students from Syracuse University, Colgate University, Clarkson University, Iona College, and the Sage Colleges.

Register for the Power Dialog

Article originally published on March 10, 2016
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