U.S. Consul General Hawthorne Hosts Welcome Reception For Energy And Resources Group
24 January 2017
Photo courtesy Climate Dispatch
The United States Consulate General Curacao and the Curacao Development Institute hosted a welcome reception for College of Environmental Design Professor of Architecture & Urban Design Harrison Fraker and UC Berkeley Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy Daniel Kammen who are visiting Curacao in conjunction with Quanten, LLC and the World Bank to explore sustainable resource plans for the island.
Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha, Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Traffic and Transportation Suzy Camelia-Romer, and President of Parliament Giselle McWilliam attended the event together with other guests from the government, the private sector, and environmental organizations who are interested in renewable energy.
“The integration of renewable energy-based electricity and waste to electricity programs opens the door for very inexpensive renewal and expansion of power grids,” Professor Kamen said. “Curacao, with its abundant, solar, wind, and deep, cold, ocean resources can all be brought into the energy, water, and agricultural sustainability equation.”
Professor Kamen holds parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley. He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the new Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. He is currently the Science Envoy for U.S. State Department.
Professor Fraker is Dean Emeritus of CED and Chair of the Energy Resources Group at UC Berkeley; he is a solar and renewable energy pioneer, having started the Princeton Energy Group 40 years ago while a Professor at Princeton University.