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The Distinguished Speaker Series

Every week SEO brings in an expert in alternative energy or sustainability to give a presentation to our organization. These professionals usually discuss their research and/or what their company does to help alternative energy progress. We've had very interesting speakers in the past weeks, and we have some great ones planned for the the weeks to come! Check out our Events to see who we have planned to speak in the future, or look below to see who has presented to our group in the past.


The Central Ohio Green Building Council - 2/26/2013


Central Ohio Chapter of the Green Building Council - 2/26/2013Central Ohio Chapter of the Green Building Council - 2/26/2013

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.

Bill Spratley - 2/19/2013

Bill Spratley - Director of Green Energy Ohio - 2/19/2013Bill Spratley - Director of Green Energy Ohio - 2/19/2013

Bill has led Green Energy Ohio as the executive director since 2001. He lends a wealth of experience and knowledge in the utility and energy sector, having served as Ohio's first Consumer's Counsel and as a national utility consultant. In 2012 at the World Renewable Energy Forum, Bill received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from the American Solar Energy Society for his dedication to education resulting in widespread knowledge of  renewable energy and energy efficiency to both businesses and individuals. He also served on U.S. Department of Energy advisory boards under Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton. 


Paul Laurent - 2/5/2013

Paul Laurent is the new Director of Student Services and Programs for Ohio State's Office of Energy and Environment where he enhancies connections between university sustainability efforts and our student population.  Paul is responsible for coordinating student groups interested in energy, environment and sustainability; developing student research and project initiatives; and connecting students and industry.  He brings extensive experience and a broad industry network to OEE. 

Prior to joining the OEE team, Paul worked at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio where he developed and managed renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.  Before that, he worked at the National Regulatory Research Institute where he researched various topics ranging from energy supply diversity to state public utility regulatory structures.  Paul has a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree from The Ohio State University.

Paul Laurent spoke to SEO about the Office of Energy and the Environment and the latest sustainable initiatives that the University is working on, including the South Campus geothermal heating project, the 50mW wind generation purchase, the Scarlet, Gray, and Green program at Ohio Stadium, and the current research efforts!

Dr. Paul Berger - Professor at OSU - 1/29/2013Dr. Paul Berger - Professor at OSU - 1/29/2013

Dr. Paul Berger - 1/29/2013


A common theme that extends across current and past work is either the exploration of novel devices using known materials, or developing known devices with new materials. A key facet of this work is organic photovoltaics and their research significance. Dr. Berger is also the advisor to Solar Education and Outreach.

Lucas Dixon - 1/22/2013

Lucas Dixon - Plug Smart - 1/22/2013Lucas Dixon - Plug Smart - 1/22/2013

Mr. Dixon is a Project Manager at the mid-west's most innovative energy efficiency firm Plug Smart, an energy services and technology company that helps commercial, industrial, non-profit, institutional, and utility companies implement a broad range of energy solutions on both sides of the utility meter. Our core capabilities include helping clients implement self-funding energy efficiency projects, leverage renewable energy resources, lower power generation and energy supply costs, reclaim investments in energy efficiency projects, and discover new ways to intelligently network and charge electric vehicles.