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Michael Dorsey, Macmillan Visiting Scholar: Delivering 21st Century Energy Justice

Nov 12, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Virtual Event

How can renewable energy help address deep-rooted issues of injustice? This free public lecture by Michael Dorsey, a recognized expert on global energy and environment matters, will generate ideas for deploying renewable energy infrastructure to reduce inequality along energy and income trajectories. Exploring political, economic, and structural factors, this keynote presentation will investigate the role that energy plays in our uneven society, and offer hopeful solutions for fomenting energy justice broadly.

Michael Dorsey was named by the National Journal in 2013 as one of 200 US "energy and environment expert insiders." Dr. Dorsey is a full member of the Club of Rome and was bestowed Rotary International's highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Currently, he is a JV partner in the Indian based panel manufacturer Pahal Solar and a limited partner in the Spanish solar company IberSun. Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. Dr. Dorsey's significant government engagement includes becoming a 1992 member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, "The Earth Summit."

Dorsey served on Bill Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, Barack Obama's energy and environment Presidential campaign team, and the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Committee. Dorsey and two former student collaborators co-created the predecessor to the Sunrise Movement, which co-orchestrated launching the Green New Deal. Dorsey served 11 years on the national board of the Sierra Club-one of the largest and oldest US environmental organizations.

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