I would like to welcome you to join us for the Fifteenth Annual Symposium, to be held on April 12, 2019 in East Syracuse, New York. This award-winning Symposium is noted as one of if not the most important energy policy conferences held each year in the Northeast. From our first gathering it was obvious that our Symposium was filling a niche bringing important and influential decision makers and inter-disciplinary scholars together to discuss policy, which will influence the next generation. Our speakers are cutting edge and spectacular. 

What is most exciting to me is to see the spectrum of backgrounds of our attendees. Representatives from the largest cities to the smallest villages, highly regarded professionals to students, major corporations to start up eco-businesses, employees of every New York State environmental agency, elected officials and commissioners, union leaders and laborers, as well as interested citizens all gather in one room to listen, learn and share. Held in Syracuse, the Symposium consistently draws up to 400 people from all of New York State as well as from several other states. Speakers are national and international. Last year we included nearly one hundred college and graduate students and faculty from over a dozen colleges.

Several hundred people are aware that the place to be in April is Onondaga County, at the Symposium on Energy. When I first conceived of the Symposium, I did not realize to what extent this event would become an avenue to encourage major changes in renewable energy development in the state, in counties and in personal lives. Because of this Symposium we have seen substantive and measurable results in our county, our state and the Northeast region. For me, personally, there could be no better satisfaction.    

Please look through all the material in this folder. You will find pictures from past Symposium, past programs, words from attendees and a sponsorship form listing categories.

Thank you very much for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.

Rhea Jezer, Ph.D

Director, Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

President, Energy21

energysymposium21@gmail.com; 315-727-0123

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See the Last Year’s Program here!


With up to 400 attendees each year, the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century, provides a gathering venue for a diverse community to join together in a non-partisan, multidisciplinary learning experience and conversation on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from prominent industry professionals to students and interested citizens. Commissioners, mayors, developers, architects, lawyers, engineers, farmers, many college students, all who are interested in the future of renewable energy with the most cutting edge policy being discussed.

See what some our attendees are saying!

This award winning event consistently offers information and expertise regarding the solutions offered through renewable energy and successfully creates a rich environment urging for ownership and accountability for renewable energy solutions…The Symposium annually challenges both traditional partners and the greater public community to explore and tackle critical energy issues facing our nation.

Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator

Each year Dr. Rhea Jezer attracts some of the most powerful energy czars to participate from academia, government and the private sector. Thank you!

Guy M. Zaczek, e3 Energy Environment Education

I have to commend you for creating this growing annual event and giving a powerful platform for professionals and students to come together and spend quality time sharing ideas. The topics had the right balance to reach a wide set of audience and the flow between different topics was perfect.

There are very few conferences that really feel open to students and yet keeps the focus very much on the hot topics of the energy industry. I also appreciate the details and the level of effort that went into planning and organization.

Arunkumar (Arun) Vedhathiri, Solution Delivery, New Energy Solutions

It is no surprise to me that the symposium was “a resounding success”. You did a great
job in putting this event together! It outlined the problem and potential solutions, the national
policy perspective and New York’s, opportunities/roles for individuals and businesses (NGOs, etc.), government programs at the national and state level, and more. The emphasis on Q&A gave the event real life. One person’s comment (I paraphrase) that it was good enough to be a $1000 event in prime time in New York City was no exaggeration. It was great fun to participate in the symposium, to share the stage with so many wonderful speakers, and to field some of the many excellent questions.

David Berg, Chief Advisor, Energy Policy, US Department of Energy

I just wanted to thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic symposium last Friday. It was beyond inspiring and gave me hope that maybe some of our problems could be solved if we collectively worked toward a sustainable future. You were so gracious with every introduction and made us all feel like family. Just a huge congrats for such tremendous effort and success. Looking forward to next year!

Sara Schultz, Buffalo, New York

The event is one of those sought for opportunities that foster the form of dialogue that will lead to a sustainable climate and economic solutions and reduce those moments that allow opposition to be the dominate point of discussion. I think it has become too easy to draw lines in the sand depend on lobbying to drive sound policy; your approach was a welcome alternative to demonstrate that collectively we can solve many challenges and optimize many opportunities.

Dennis Eisenbeck, National Grid Regional Director Energy Solution

I can’t say enough about the day and the experiences it held for my students. Simply extraordinary. Being in the same room with the great minds you gathered was inspiring. Thank you for making us feel most welcome and acknowledging what I believe, that young people carry the creative spirit and keys to helping us move our energy and other challenges forward.

Sue Foster, Science Department Chair, Manlius Pebble Hill School, DeWitt

This wonderful event addresses the challenges that we face as we work toward energy independence…It is exactly the forward thinking that we need as business leaders, environmentalists, members of government and citizens to ensure a sustainable future. I share your commitment to sustainable energy, recognizing the significant impact it will have on improving our environment and the health of our citizens.

Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator



Chair, Public Service Commission &
Chief Executive Officer, Department of Public Service
(Former President/CEO of NYSERDA)




System Modeling & Geospatial Data Science
Strategic Energy Analysis Center – NREL, US Department of Energy


President, National Grid New York


Director Energy & Transportation Program


Chief Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center
NREL, US Department of Energy


Grid Integration Scientist Fellow, Climate and Clean Energy Program


League of Conservation Voters
(Former Chief of Staff DEC)


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