Innovation and sustainability on show at Widener Law
Public Relations - Published: February 8, 2009
DJCSustainabilityPromoAs the new administration in Washington promotes an agenda for America that includes doing more to protect the environment and create jobs, Widener Law announces a program that examines the impact of government efforts toward fostering innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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The event, “Sustainable Energy: The Intersection of Innovation, Law and Policy,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10 in room A180 of the school’s Harrisburg campus, 3800 Vartan Way. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The day will feature an array of speakers, including a panel discussion by – and about – innovators. The school will also host an exhibition of alternative-energy technology, including hydrogen-, hybrid- and biofuel-powered vehicles.

The program is intended to educate participants about a variety of legal issues the green energy boom will present: from the ramifications facing homeowners who install insulation or solar panels to requirements on major utility companies for saving energy or providing renewable energy. The conference will provide participants with a working knowledge of government regulations and incentives for green-energy businesses.

The event is sponsored by the Widener Law & Government Institute and the Widener Law Journal, the student-run official law journal of the Harrisburg campus. The program was conceived and organized by ProfessorJohn C. Dernbach and Associate ProfessorWesley M. Oliver. Dernbach is an expert in environmental law, climate change and sustainability. His most recent book, “Agenda for a Sustainable America,” was released this month. Oliver, an associate director of the Law & Government Institute, has an interest in connecting law schools with the people, businesses, and technologies the law regulates.

The program has been approved for 6.5 continuing legal education credits for Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys (no ethics). There is a $100 registration fee for attorneys who attend for credit. The cost is $85 for Widener Law alumni and $60 for government and public-interest attorneys. The program is free to students and members of the general public who do not seek credits. Lunch is included for paying participants.

To register, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or