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Saint Louis University to host collaborative conference on achieving a sustainable energy future
The community is invited to experience this knowledge-sharing event that brings together sustainability thought leaders from academia, energy industries and government agencies

Thought leaders and visionaries from academia, government agencies and energy industries will come together April 13 and 14 at Saint Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship to participate in a collaborative conference that explores ways to develop a more prosperous and sustainable energy future for all. The public may register for the two-day Sustainable Energy Future Conference, which is sponsored by Ameren, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability and Washington University in St. Louis.

“We are delighted to host this forward-looking discussion on how we can achieve a sustainable energy future for all stakeholders through balance and interdisciplinary collaboration,” said John Woolschlager, director, Center for Sustainability at SLU. “Finding sustainable solutions to meet our growing energy needs is paramount for our community, our nation and the world.”

The diverse conference program will feature key discussion areas ranging from achieving a sustainable balance in the utility industry, opportunities for sustainability in the transportation sector, energy innovation in urban development, and the importance of sustainability policy development. 

“The conference will help enhance public awareness of the opportunities and challenges of achieving a sustainable energy future," said Richard Smith, director of environmental strategy at Ameren. "We understand the importance of sustainability, cleaner energy and being good stewards of the environment.  Ameren provides energy to 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in Illinois and Missouri, and we are making the transition to cleaner energy in the most affordable way for our customers.”  

The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. April 13 through 2 p.m. April 14 at the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship located at 3672 West Pine Mall in St. Louis. The registration fee for the Sustainable Energy Future Conference is $50. Registration includes lunches, breaks, reception and conference materials. Participants also will receive a certificate awarding them approximately eight professional development hours. For more information or to register, visit to http://sefconf.mst.edu/.

The Center for Sustainability was established in 2010 through a $5 million grant from the Alberici Foundation, with additional funding of $2 million provided by Banpu LTD to create an Endowed Chair and Professorship. The Center for Sustainability offers M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Sustainability, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geographic Information Sciences, and an M.S. in Urban Planning and Development. Also, the Center offers a joint MBA and M.S. in Sustainability in conjunction with the John Cook School of Business that can be completed in 18 months. To support research development, the Center for Sustainability provides grants to SLU faculty who propose promising sustainability-related research ideas. For more information please visit the Center for Sustainability website at: http://www.slu.edu/sustainability/.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric delivery and transmission service as well as natural gas delivery service while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of over 10,200 megawatts, and natural gas delivery service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops regional electric transmission projects. Follow the company on Twitter @AmerenCorp. For more information, visit Ameren.com.