Clinton Global Initiative University Recognizes Energy Justice Program

July 22, 2010

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) recognized the Energy Justice Program of Colorado Law’s Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) and appointed 2L Jacquelyn Jampolsky, a volunteer CEES Policy Analyst, as its campus representatives for the CU-Boulder during 2010–11. CGI U Campus Representatives have the opportunity to: Conduct outreach to engage students with CGI U Help develop and support CGI U commitments Work with students, university administrators, faculty, and youth organizations Organize speaker events on and off campus which address global issues Assist in fundraising for CGI U commitmentsCGIEstablished in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 200 million people in more than 170 countries. Commitments made at the 2009 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 200 million people. In 2007, President Clinton expanded CGI’s unique model membership and action to include college and university campuses by launching CGI U. Energy Justice ProgramThe World Energy Justice Program of CEES focuses on the ignored third of the world amounting to nearly two billion people, who rely on cow dung and other injurious forms of biomass for cooking, illumination and heating. Their lack of clean energy leads to millions of deaths every year. November 2010 ConferenceCEES organized the first major international conference on Energy Justice at the University of Colorado in Boulder in the fall of 2009. A follow up conference co-sponsored by the CGI U will be held on November 5-6, 2010, on how to globalize appropriate sustainable energy technologies (ASETs) such as cook stoves, solar lanterns, treadle pumps, bio-digestors, mini hydro, small windmills and solar applications. The 2010 conference will canvas ways of attracting the necessary financing for ASETs from entrepreneurs, as well as how to reform international funding mechanisms such as the clean development mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol.