October 2016 Technical Society Program

30 Sep

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m. October 3, 2016. Please note that this is the FIRST Monday of October and NOT the second Monday.

The speaker will be Erin Gill, the Director of Sustainability at the City of Knoxville. The title of her talk will be “Thinking Globally: Reflections on Cities’ Roles in Tackling Climate Change.” (PDH). 

It is beginning to dawn on the world that people cannot treat the earth as if it is infinite and unchanging and instead people can and have and are continuing to make earth wide changes in the oceans, atmosphere and land – that must be reversed. Changes that are world wide have to start with local changes in a myriad of places. The City of Knoxville appears to be taking a leadership role among the cities. This is an opportunity to learn of the needs and consider how the Technical Society can contribute. There is a lot of activity in Knoxville right now.

Erin Gill worked several years for the City of Knoxville starting in 2008. She left the city and obtained a masters degree in environmental management from Yale. Her Master’s Project was a Renewable Portfolio Standard Policy Assessment for the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association. She has worked for New York city, ICF International,Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, US EPA and Georgia Power and returned to Knoxville in 2013. She has bachelors degree from Notre Dame in history.
One of her references on Linkedin said “Erin takes initiative. She’s a great partner to have on any project because she can quickly assess situations, find innovative solutions, and build and maintain the relationships needed to implement those solutions over time. Her management of Knoxville’s Solar America City grant helped grow Knoxville’s solar capacity from around 15 kilowatts to over 1 megawatt in two years time.”

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