SOLAR 20/20 is a global solar event at the right place and at the right time. Washington, D.C. is the seat of our national government; the center of national media; home of influential international institutions such as The World Bank Group, InterAmerican Development Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO); and home to a few thousand non-profits that impact policy in global security, energy, environment, housing, and financing. The George Washington University, five blocks from The White House, is at the epicenter of this activity with an aggressive and engaged faculty, administration and student body, surrounded by a host of nearby universities who are similarly engaged in these areas.
The events of the moment — international pronouncements by international bodies of scientists on climate change; amazing technology and market advances by innovators and financiers; and a push by everyone across the political spectrum for more control of our energy choices to reduce costs, increase reliability and resiliency, reduce regulated greenhouse gas emissions of our air and water, and reinvigorate local economies with jobs and employment opportunities–all converge at this pivotal time and place to spark the next wave of ingenuity, partnership and action.
This is an exciting moment to create strategies and opportunities to push forth an even faster-paced clean energy agenda. I look forward to seeing everyone with an interest in clean energy, driving a new economy, and shrinking emissions and pollution as low as possible — all here in Washington, D.C. in 2020.
– Scott Sklar, Adjunct Professor and Energy Director of GWU’s Environment & Energy Management Institute (EEMI), President of The Stella Group, Ltd., and awardee of the The Charles Greeley Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and in 2014, the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia