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Sustainable Energy Technologies Lecture Sept. 30 at JCC

Kamal Rijal, Ph.D., policy advisor for the United Nations Sustainable Energy Programme, will be at Jefferson Community College on September 30th to speak about sustainable energy technologies, their role in combating poverty and global warming, and local opportunities to capitalize on these new technologies. Dr. Rijal’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sturtz Theater on Jefferson’s campus, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown. The presentation is free and open to the public.

A number of reports and studies by the United Nations have noted that setting higher standards for energy efficiencies and renewable energy sources will create economic opportunity for developed countries such as the United States as well as for developing countries with limited access to reliable energy sources. Dr. Rijal’s presentation will note the direct connections between poverty eradication, greenhouse gas reduction, and energy security. He will conclude with recommendations on where we need to go in terms of developing new technologies at the local, national, and global level.

The event is hosted by the three Watertown Rotary Clubs in partnership with JCC’s Center for Community Studies. The Watertown Rotary Club was chartered in 1914 and meets every Wednesday at noon at the Best Western Carriage House. The Sunrise Rotary Club of Watertown was chartered in 1987 and meets on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m., also at the Best Western. The Evening Rotary Club of Watertown was recently chartered in early 2010 and meets 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Black River Valley Club. All three clubs belong to Rotary International’s District No. 7040, including portions of Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec (including Montreal), and Northern New York State.

The clubs have a diversified membership of individuals who live and/or work in the Watertown Area. The clubs support worthwhile community causes and international projects in an effort to promote peace, understanding, and good will. To inquire about any of the clubs or their programs, visit or call 315-782-3381.

The Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College supports and facilitates a wide range of community-building and educational activities that engage the community. In collaboration with community partners, The Center conducts unbiased community-based research and provides a forum for the productive discussion of ideas and issues of significance to the community. For additional information about The Center, call 315-786-2488.

Prior to joining the United Nations Development Program, Dr. Rijal served as an Energy Specialist with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, and as a Senior Advisor with the Government of Nepal’s National Planning Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in Energy Economics and Planning and a Master’s Degree in Energy Technology and has authored more than 30 articles in international journals and publications on energy and development.