AJC ACCESS Hosts International Conference on Energy

November 6, 2009 – San Francisco – An international daylong conference, the Jewish Response to the Energy Challenge  (J-REC), sponsored by AJC ACCESS, will take place on Sunday in San Francisco. Related events will take place during the day in Dallas, Denver, Eilat, Jerusalem, New York and St. Louis.

AJC has been advocating for more then three decades for diminishing America’s dependence on oil, developing alternative energy sources and protecting the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized AJC as a “green power partner.”

AJC’s young leadership program ACCESS organized the J-REC conference, which will bring together innovators in energy, investment, sustainability and policy to share ideas and experiences to advance the movement for clean and secure energy.

The full program is available at www.jrec.conference.org. AJC President Richard Sideman will open the conference.

The opening plenary session, “Launching a Generational Movement,” will be web cast live. Panelists include Tom Baruch, Founder and Managing Director, CMEA; Adam Werbach, CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi; Yosef Abramowitz, Founder, Arava Power; Ari Wallach, COEJL, Great Shlep, Political Consultant; and Joel Makower, Executive Director, Greenbiz.com.

Also available via live web cast will be the concluding session, “Uniting for an oil-free Transportation Sector.” Panelists will include Lyuba Wolf, Tesla Motors; JB Straubel, co-Founder and CTO, Tesla Motors; Jason Wolf, Global Development, Better Place; Anne Korin, Chair, Set America Free Coalition; and Jason Jungreis, Vice President, SF Electric Vehicle Association.

Other conference sessions will explore how the Jewish community can play a leading role in the movement to accelerate broad-based economic development, bolster national security for the United States and Israel, and improve quality of life in an environmentally sustainable way. The conference will kick off with a keynote plenary session that will illustrate the crucial role of the Jewish community in the movement for clean and secure energy. Five break-out sessions will explore environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, policy reform and U.S.-Israel security through cleantech collaboration.

The J-REC conference is organized by ACCESS, AJC’s New Generation program that aims to prepare young professionals to engage U.S. policy makers and opinion leaders around the world on issues of concern to the global Jewish community and to re-envision the role of the Jewish community in global affairs. ACCESS operates in six AJC regional offices, including San Francisco, across the country.

Date: 11/6/2009 12:00:00 AM