SOURCE: Copper Development Association

August 06, 2008 13:00 ET

2008 Global Trends Conference to Focus on Critical Energy Issues

Experts in Emerging Solar, Alternative Energy and Green Building Technologies to Provide Insight on Key Issues Affecting Current and Future Commerce

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Several of the nation's top energy experts and economists are slated to headline the seventh annual Global Market Trends Conference next month in Chicago, where they will lead three days of seminars and discussions on the most important emerging trends in technology today -- alternative energy sources, green building, and the need for energy efficiency in a world that's placing increasing demand on our natural resources.

Topics to be explored include how the "solar revolution" is transforming the global energy industry; how renewable energy will change the way we live; how the United States and other countries are rapidly adopting green building practices; and how these trends, coupled with market shifts in the housing and oil industries, promise to reshape economies throughout the world.

This annual global summit draws an audience of industry leaders, scientists and professional association members eager to learn more about the issues and new technologies that will directly impact their businesses in the near future.

The tone of the conference was summed up by Travis Bradford, author of "Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry," in his recent comments that, "The shift to solar energy... will be as transformative as last century's revolutions in information and communication technologies."

This year's conference includes a series of powerful educational seminars. The three-day event will be held Sept. 10-12 at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, located conveniently near Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Reservations can be made online. Special room rates are available until midnight, August 19 (mention Copper Development Association).

All of the invited speakers are recognized experts, authors and industry notables in their fields. Mark Hopkins, director of international energy efficiency for the United Nations Foundation, will speak on the need to provide environmentally sound energy production. Travis Bradford, president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, will address the rapid expansion of solar energy worldwide. Jerry Yudelson, considered a founder of today's green building movement, will discuss the phenomenal spread of sustainable code and construction practices throughout the industry. Registered attendees will receive a free copy of Yudelson's book, "Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building."

Other speakers and topics for the conference include:

Robert Shapiro, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs until 2001, will provide a glimpse into the future as he examines how globalization, aging societies and the rise of America as a sole superpower will lead to monumental changes in the world over the coming decade. "If one adds the wild card of a possible catastrophic terrorist attack to the mix, the period between now and 2020 will be as challenging as any in modern times," says Shapiro, who currently serves as director of the Globalization Initiative for the New Democratic Network.

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, will address the subject of energy efficiency and actions being taken by ASE to improve the efficiency of buildings, while Jerry Yudelson, president of Yudelson Associates LLC, will review European and American approaches to green building, and discuss how green products and green buildings are designed and built.

Howard Learner, president and executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, will explain how alternative energies can produce cleaner air and more jobs while conserving natural resources and improving the quality of life.

Philip Nichols, Ph.D., associate professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss how emerging economic powers are changing the geopolitical landscape. Ernie Goss, Ph.D., professor of economics at Creighton University, will address the financial fallout from the collapse of the U.S. housing market, rising oil prices and the resultant decline in net wealth. Kenneth Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, will provide an outlook on where the building construction industry is headed in 2009.

This year's conference is presented by the Copper Development Association along with the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, American Copper Council, Non-Ferrous Founders' Society and PMI. Co-sponsors of the 2008 Global Market Trends Conference include the American Metal Market and the Newedge Group.

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The Copper Development Association is the information, education, market and technical development arm of the copper, brass and bronze industries in the USA.

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