Published: June 6, 2012

Natural Resources Law Center’s summer conference examines a low-carbon energy blueprint for the American West

On June 6-8, the University of Colorado Law School will host the Natural Resources Law Center’s 2012 Martz Summer Conference, “A Low-Carbon Energy Blueprint for the American West” in the Wolf Law Building. 

Former Governor Bill Ritter ('81), currently the executive director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), will be the keynote speaker. Ritter’s keynote address will provide an overview of the trends and future of energy in the upcoming decades.

The conference will explore a wide range of issues relating to low-carbon strategies, including sustainability, the future of conventional fuels, renewable energy options, energy conservation, and climate policy.

Some of the nation’s most influential and innovative thinkers in the field will lead discussions on the important topics, including:

  • Maureen Hand -  Senior Engineer, Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL);
  • Jim Martin - Regional Administrator, Region 8, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • Robin Newmark – Director, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL);
  • Dag Nummedal – Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute and Scientific Director, Carbon Management Center, Colorado School of Mines;
  • Vicki Patton - General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund;
  • Jonathan Silver - Distinguished Senior Fellow, Third Way (Former Executive Director of DOE’s Loan Programs Office).

Online conference registration and a conference program are available on the Natural Resources Law Center’s website. Attorneys and legal professionals can earn 19 general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and 1.8 ethics credits. Full or partial scholarships to attend the conference are available for students and others with demonstrated need and interest in the subject. Contact Tyler Gerk at to request a scholarship or with questions.