Jerome Ringo to Address Clean Energy Forum


Jerome Ringo, nationally-recognized leader on clean energy and environmental justice issues, is the keynote speaker for a public forum on “Gas, Jobs, and Justice: Unraveling Rhetoric About Energy in America.” The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Maryville University Auditorium. An open discussion between the audience and a panel of energy experts will follow Ringo’s remarks.

Ringo, a pioneer of environmental advocacy, is president of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of 17 million labor, environmental, national security, civil rights and business leaders dedicated to making America independent from foreign energy in 10 years. He is immediate past chair of the National Wildlife Federation – the first African-American to head a major conservation organization, a member of Newsweek magazine’s Environment and Leadership Council and serves as an official advisor to the Sundance Channels. Ringo is also a Yale University associate research scholar, author and lecturer.

Panelists include Ringo; Mariesa Crow, Ph.D., a distinguished professor and director of the Energy Research and Development Center at Missouri University of Science & Technology; Dave Robertson, Ph.D., political analyst for KSDK-TV and a Fellow at the Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri – St. Louis; and Henry Robertson, JD, staff attorney with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, Clean Air/Energy chair, Cool Cities mobilizer for the Missouri Sierra Club and Renew Missouri board member.

The forum is sponsored by the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Maryville University Sustainability Task Force, and the offices of Student Life, Multicultural Programs and Institutional Advancement at Maryville. A reception open to all event attendees will follow the forum.

About The Academy of Science – St. Louis
One of the country’s oldest science academies, The Academy of Science – St. Louis has been the driving force for scientific progress in the St. Louis community since 1856 and played roles in establishing the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Junior Academy of Science. The Academy provides science resources to classrooms and the public, and recognizes accomplishment in the sciences. As an umbrella organization for science and engineering in the region, the Academy is guided by its mission to advance the understanding of science, medicine, engineering, and technology.

Contact: Danielle J. Carter, Maryville’s director of Multicultural Programs, at 314-529-9684; or Maggie Bauer at 314-533-8586.