Deepwater Wind executive to speak on energy & sustainability – Nov. 10

Aileen Kenney visits Elon University for an evening talk on Monday meant to engages the community in conversations about renewable energy. Her visit is sponsored by the Elon Core Curriculum, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Residence Life.

Aileen Kenney
Aileen Kenney visits campus this month to discuss offshore wind energy in conversations related to Elon University’s 2014-15 Common Reading selection “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

Kenney is vice president of permitting and environmental affairs at Deepwater Wind, LLC.  She delivers an evening presentation Monday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaRose Digital Theatre of the Koury Business Center. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Kenney’s visit provides opportunities for the campus community to further explore themes from the common reading, particularly the relevance and challenges of the wind industry here on the east coast.

It also provides an overview of the technical and social components of capturing considerable amounts of energy from wind, a clean, reliable energy source. Kenney will discuss current status of the American offshore wind industry, including the technological advancements, environmental studies, and stakeholder engagements that must be completed to make complex projects a reality.

Demonstrating that intellectual engagement is not limited to classrooms and formal presentations, the Colonnades Neighborhood is hosting “Food for Thought” with light refreshments after Kenney’s evening presentation. “Food for Thought” in Harper Hall will give those living on campus a way to continue dialogue and bring intellectual conversation into their residence hall.

“The collaboration between Elon Core Curriculum, the Office of Sustainability and Residence Life is an excellent example of how departments can work together to enhance the intellectual climate on campus and further the goals of their own departments,” said Jessica Bilecki, the education and outreach coordinator in the Office of Sustainability.

Additional opportunities to hear Kenney:

Core Forums: These sessions are open to the entire campus community and last about an hour.
Monday, November 10. Starting at 9:25 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. in KOBC 101
Tuesday, November 11. Starting at  8 a.m. & 2:20 p.m. in KOBC 101