Friday, August 24, 2012

Charlotte Mayor and Fellow Panelists Will Discuss Energy Issues at Davidson Sept. 5

Davidson College invites the public to a high-level panel discussion
on energy and sustainability on Wednesday morning, September 5. The
event is being held in conjunction with the Democratic National
Convention, and will consider Charlotte as a risingenergy hub, and how
sustainability initiatives are becoming major economic drivers of the

Davidson President Carol Quillen will introduce the four panelists—
Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens Corporation; Charlotte Mayor Anthony
Foxx; Vincent Davis of Duke Energy and Envision Charlotte; and Graham
Bullock, assistant professor of environmental studies and political
science at Davidson. sustainability editor Eric Roston will moderate the
discussion, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Duke Family
Performance Hall of Knobloch Campus Center. There is no charge to
attend, but tickets are required. They can bereserved for a small fee
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obtained at the door on the morning of the event if any remain. For
information call 704-894-2135. A reception for the public and
panelists will immediately follow the presentation.

Eric Roston is editor of Bloomberg's Sustainability News website, He is also author of the book "THE
CARBON AGE: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest
Threat." The book contends that the fastest way to learn the most
about the world is through the carbon atom. Roston joined after serving as a senior analyst on the National
Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Eric Spiegel is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, the U.S.
subsidiary of Siemens AG, one of the world's largest electronics and
engineering companies. Siemens has more than $21 billion in annual
U.S. sales and has 60,000 American employees representing all 50
states. Spiegel is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the
industry, energy and healthcare sectors. An expert on the global
energy industry, Spiegel is co-author of the 2009 book "Energy Shift :
Game-Changing Options for Fueling the Future."

Anthony Foxx was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005,
and was elected mayor in November 2009. He is now chair of the
steering and host committees for the 2012 Democratic National
Convention. Raised in Charlotte's Lincoln Heights neighborhood, Foxx
earned a bachelor's degree in history at Davidson College in 1993, and
was the first African American elected as student body president. He
earned his law degree from New York University, and has served in all
three branches of federal government—a judicial clerk for the U.S.
Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit, a trial attorney for the Voting
Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
and counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.

Vincent Davis is director of Smart Energy Now Community Partnerships
at Duke Energy, and also serves as Duke Energy's spokesperson for the
Envision Charlotte sustainability initiative. Envision: Charlotte is a
collaborative partnership among major employers, building owners,
municipal representatives and technology leaders. It will employ Duke
Energy's "Smart Energy Now" program that uses digital grid
technologies to display real-time energy data throughout uptown
Charlotte. Envision: Charlotte intends to make Charlotte the most
measurably sustainable community in the nation, with a goal to reduce
energy use in Uptown by 20% in five years. Envision: Charlotte
promises economic benefits by attracting cost-conscious, green-minded
companies to Uptown.

Graham Bullock teaches political science and environmental studies at
Davidson. His Ph.D. thesis at the University of California, Berkeley,
concerned product eco-labels, corporate sustainability ratings, and
other forms of information-based environmental governance. Bullock has
served as The Nature Conservancy's ecotourism coordinator in China,
where for three years he helped develop community-based ecotourism
enterprises. He is also a co-founder of GoodGuide, which provides
information about the social, environmental, and health performance of
more than 100,000 consumer products through both an online database
and an iPhone application. At Davidson, he teaches courses on
environmental policy, and a seminar on citizens, consumers and the