12/5/16 – Monthly Meeting: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

We will discuss global energy justice in our last Monthly Meeting of the semester.

When:  Monday, December 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

Bio: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law, will share his experience. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions for the energy poor inhabiting the least developed parts of the world. Dr. Guruswamy has authored over 50 scholarly articles published in law reviews and other peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the 2016 Senior Scholar award granted by the Environmental Academy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Come hear about the energy industry in the developing world from one of the most experienced professors at CU in the field!


11/7/16 – Monthly Meeting: Adam Reed – Lecturer and Coordinator for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RSE)

When:  Monday, November 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Adam Reed

Bio: Adam Reed is a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program, and coordinator for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RSE) education programs at the School of the Environment and Sustainability in CU Boulder.  Adam is an interdisciplinary synthesist with training in law, economics, and history and experience in energy, climate, and environmental policy research.  His work considers legal, regulatory, communication, and knowledge problems across markets and institutions related to sustainable energy deployment and operations.  His research interests include distributed community-based energy systems, grid integration of renewable energy, the evolution of electricity markets, and the history of energy policy.  He teaches a graduate course on Energy Policy in the 21st Century. Adam received his BA (history, economics) from Southern Methodist University, and his JD (law) from the University of Colorado.

10/3/16 – Monthly Meeting: Andy Paliszewski of Wind Tower Technologies

When: Monday, October 3, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Description: Andy Paliszewski from Wind Tower Technologies (WTT) will be speaking with the club on Monday, October 3rd. Andy will be sharing his wealth of experience in the energy industry. He worked with the US Navy to operate nuclear power plants and Siemens Energy in developing gas and steam turbines before building the US Wind R&D efforts right here in Boulder, CO. His latest venture, Wind Tower Technologies, seeks to increase the lifetime of wind turbines through a new, concrete tower structure. During his talk, Andy will be sharing these experiences, giving advice for future energy industry leaders and educating the audience on the latest and greatest in wind turbine technologies.

4/4/16 – Monthly Meeting: Norbert Klebl, Petroleum Engineer and Columbia MBA Grad

When: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 220

Why: learn about the impact of buildings and local communities on our carbon footprint  – and enjoy FREE pizza!

Speaker topic:  How communities of the future can be inclusive and cut their carbon footprint by 75%.

A model is in creation nearby. Mixed use zoning will reduce car travel, facilitate community. Well built homes will improve comfort and cut energy,  and ground source heat pumps with PV systems will easily produce all electricity needs.

Speaker bio:

Norbert Klebl is a petroleum engineer with an MBA from Columbia and extensive experience in manufacturing and real estate development. He is convinced that the era of dependence on fossil fuels is over. Insulating and tightening up buildings make it economical to switch from natural gas to PV powered heating, cooling and ventilation. Norbert has designed and is currently building GEOS an energy plus community in Arvada and equipped a dozen homes with ground source based heating and cooling system in Boulder and surroundings. All these homes are fossil free and several are powering an electric car.

3/7/16 – Monthly Meeting: Leslie Glustrom from Clean Energy Action

When: Monday, March 7, 2016 from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 220

Why: learn about moving clean energy solutions through policy – and enjoy FREE pizza!

Leslie Glustrom, Director of Research and Policy for CEA

Our society is increasingly being portrayed as “addicted”’ to fossil fuels. What is the political, financial, environmental and psychic price we pay for that addiction? What is the hope for breaking our addiction and finding our way forward to a clean energy future? What can we do as individuals and communities to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world? How can we energize the depressed and build the momentum needed to repower our country for the new century? Where are the beacons of light and how can we replicate them and provide hope and inspiration for those who are worried about the state of our planet?

From coast to coast, Leslie Glustrom has helped audiences of all sizes and backgrounds regain hope regarding our energy—and economic—future. Whether you are personally feeling weary or whether it is people you know that are losing hope, Leslie has a long history of leaving her audiences energized and inspired about our clean energy future.


Leslie Glustrom is trained as a biochemist and has spent over 30 years working at the interface of science and society in a variety of roles including science writing, teaching and policy analysis. In addition, she has a long history of activist work on a variety of environmental issues.

In 2004, Leslie resigned from her job managing a biochemistry research lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder to work full time on climate change. She is a founding member of Clean Energy Action and is presently serving as the Director of Research and Policy for that organization.

Leslie has played key roles in the efforts of Colorado and Boulder to decarbonize their energy supply. In addition, she has spoken throughout the country on how to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world. She is known as a knowledgeable and inspiring speaker who leaves her audiences highly energized about our clean energy future.

Leslie has written and spoken extensively on the role of coal in our country’s energy supply and she was a co-author of the 2011 Harvard study on the True Cost Accounting of Coal. Her 2009 report on US coal supplies is available for free download from www.cleanenergyaction.org.

2/1/16 – Monthly Meeting: Charlie Bloch from Vision Fleet

When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 220

It’s the beginning of a new semester and a new series of monthly meetings from the CU Energy Club! Please notice the change in room to Koelbel 220.

Our speaker for this meeting will be Charlie Bloch, Business Development and Operations Manager at Vision Fleet. He will discuss and answer questions about the electric vehicle (EV) market, with a focus on the potential role (and challenges) for EVs in fleet applications and the growing car-share and on-demand transportation economies (e.g., Uber and Lyft). See below for a speaker bio.

Charlie Bloch, Business Development and Operations Manager at Vision Fleet

Charlie Bloch, MBA, MS, is an experienced consulting, business development and operations professional with diverse clean energy sector expertise. In his role as Business Development and Operations Manager, Charlie works with Vision Fleet’s partners to develop and deliver vehicle fleet improvement and optimization projects. This includes fleet opportunity assessment, partner relationship management, management of fleet metrics and ongoing operational support.

Prior to joining Vision Fleet, Charlie was an Associate Director in the Energy practice at Navigant Consulting, a global management and technical consulting firm, where he managed consulting engagements focused on market and policy assessment, regulatory issues, program measurement and evaluation, opportunity and decision analysis, and strategic planning. Previously, he’s supported technology commercialization at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, business development and operations at MWH Global, and strategic marketing and public relations consulting at EnviroMedia.

His underlying interest is to increase the deployment of renewable energy and other clean technologies through innovative finance, partnership and business models.