CWUNewsNews Delgado receives Ormsby Citizenship Award, 18 May 2016 09:52:52<p>Elvin Delgado, CWU assistant professor of geography, is one of only five public university faculty members to receive the coveted Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award. The award was created in 2013 in Ormsby’s honor, in recognition of his efforts to promote civic leadership throughout Washington State.</p><p>The award “seeks to encourage, recognize and honor exemplary civic engagement.”</p><p>“This award is a symbol of all we are trying to achieve,” said Delgado. “To me, civic leadership must take into account the environment we live in and the future we leave our children.”</p><p>Delgado was nominated for the award because of his tireless efforts to work for integrated energy and energy transition to clean and sustainable sources. During his first year at CWU, Dr. Delgado proposed, initiated and now directs the CWU Institute for Integrated Energy Studies. One initiative of the Institute is to work with the Tulalip Tribe in a solar project for the Tribe’s Early Learning Center. Under Delgado’s direction, the Tribe and the Institute received a grant from Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install and monitor solar panels on the Tulalip’s Early Learning Center. He is currently in conversations with the Quinault Tribe to work toward a more sustainable economy, energy sovereignty, clean energy initiatives, and tsunami-risk-related relocation.</p><p>The Institute also collaborates with the City of Ellensburg on a $750,000 grant from the WA Department of Commerce Clean Energy Fund 2 to expand the Ellensburg Community Solar project. In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Delgado to the Board of Directors of the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials.</p><p>Delgado is a Fulbright scholar. He also serves as a public speaker to highlight the importance of energy transition, integrated energy, community development, and elementary education. He also spent a week in Cuba working with a delegation sponsored by the Fulbright IIE to further international relations through academic diplomacy.</p><p>”I truly admire the tremendous outreach that Dr. Delgado has performed since he has been here at Central,” said Steve Hackenberger, CWU chair and professor of Resource Management. “Elvin was nominated by his colleagues because his work will have a lasting impact on the citizens of our state.”</p><p>The Ormbsy Award was presented to Delgado at the CWU’s Faculty Senate on May 4, 2016.</p>IEM Degree Major Ryan Zimmerman elected VP, 12 May 2016 09:55:15<p>Congratulations to CWU’s ASCWU BOD officers for 2016/17</p><p>Armando Ortiz--President&nbsp;<br>Brittany Kinsella--Vice President<br>Alex Horning (DHC)--VP Clubs and Organizations<br>Ryan Zimmerman (DHC)--VP Academic Affairs<br>Forrest McNeally--VP Student Life and Facilities<br>Andrea Saavedra--VP Equity and Community Affairs<br>JR Siperly--VP Legislative Affairs</p><p>Of special note is Integrated Energy Management degree major, Ryan Zimmerman!</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Degree Program linked with Sustainability, 31 Mar 2016 09:22:34<p>The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition featured Central Washington University's Integrated Energy Management degree program in its April 2016 Monthly Bulletin.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read the article by clicking <a href=";id=d51503250d&amp;e=7338fa7824">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Natural Science Seminar "Fracking Vaca Muerta: Socio-Economic Implications of Shale Gas Extraction in Northern Patagonia", 04 Mar 2016 08:39:53<p>Fracking Vaca Muerta:&nbsp; Socio-Economic Implications of Shale Gas Extraction in Northern Patagonia.<br>Friday, March 4th<br>4:00-5:00pm&nbsp; (refreshments served at 3:50)<br>Science 147</p><p>Our speaker is Dr. Elvin Delgado, the Director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Program at Central Washington University.&nbsp; Dr. Delgado is a Fulbright scholar and his regional specialization is Latin America with over 13 years of research experience in Venezuela.&nbsp; He is the former Chair of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.&nbsp; Recently, Dr. Delgado has been appointed by Governor Inslee to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials. He holds a Masters of Science in Geography and Planning from the University of Akron, Ohio and a Doctoral degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, New York.</p><p>This presentation explores hydraulic fracturing activities in the Vaca Muerta Shale deposit in northern Patagonia from a critical perspective. Building on initial research conducted in the summer of 2015, this presentation examines the socio-environmental consequences associated with fracking activities in the province of Neuquén, Argentina and the political economic frameworks that shape the use of underground resources in the region. By analyzing the relationships between national strategies to meet the country’s energy demand, provincial government responses to adapt to these changes, and everyday lives of citizens in the rural community of Añelo, where the large majority of the infrastructure to support fracking activities is being developed, this study illuminates the myriad complexities inherent to issues of access to and control over shale deposits in a changing energy landscape.</p><p>The Natural Science Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the CWU Biological Sciences Department and the CWU College of the Sciences. &nbsp;</p><p>View the presentation <a href="">here</a></p></br></br></br>INTEGRATED ENERGY: TRANSITIONING FROM TRADITIONAL TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES, 26 Feb 2016 07:27:40<p>The Rotary Club of Yakima invited Dr. Delgado to give a talk on integrated energy.&nbsp; Read more about Dr. Delgado's talk <a href="/energy/sites/">here</a>.</p>Dr. Delgado invited to present his new research in Arizona State University, 22 Feb 2016 15:24:45<p>Dr. Delgado presented an invited lecture to the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University on Friday, February 19, 2016. His presentation titled: "Fracking Vaca Muerta: Socio-Economic Implications of Shale Gas Extraction in Northern Patagonia” explores the consequences associated with Argentina’s strategy to control shale deposits in order to reach energy sovereignty.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more at</p><p><a href=""></a></p>Governor Inslee appoints Delgado to Earth-Abundant Materials Board, 02 Dec 2015 08:55:24<p>Washington State's Governor Inslee has appointed the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies Director Dr. Elvin Delgado to serve as one of ten voting members of the Earth-Abundant Materials Board.</p><p>The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials works with the clean technology and transportation industry associations and firms of all sizes to identify the research areas that will benefit the intermediate and long-term economic vitality of Washington's clean technology and transportation industries; Identifies entrepreneurial researchers to join or lead research teams in the specified research areas and the steps the University of Washington and Washington State University will take to recruit and retain such researchers; Assists firms to integrate existing technologies into their operations and aligns the activities of the joint center for deployment and research in earth-abundant materials with those of impact Washington to enhance services available to clean technology and transportation firms; Develops internships, on-the-job training, research, and other opportunities and ensure that all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs for clean technology and earth-abundant research and deployment-related curriculum have direct experience with the industry; Assists researchers and firms in safeguarding intellectual property while advancing industry innovation; Develops and strengthens university-industry relationships through promotion of faculty collaboration with industry and sponsor at least one annual symposium focusing on clean energy earth-abundant research and deployment in the state of Washington; Encourages a full range of projects from small research projects that meet the specific needs of a smaller company to large scale, multipartner projects; Develops nonstate support of the center's research activities through leveraging dollars from federal and private for-profit and nonprofit sources; Leverages its financial impact through joint support arrangements on a project-by-project basis as appropriate; Establishes mechanisms for soliciting and evaluating proposals and for making awards and reporting on technological progress, financial leverage, and other measures of impact; Allocates appropriated seed funds for at least one of the following purposes:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>(i) Collaboration on research and product development that would further the commercialization of renewable energy and battery storage technologies that use earth-abundant materials in place of critical materials or rare earth elements;</p><p>(ii) Collaboration on research for joining dissimilar materials in a way that minimizes titanium content by employing earth-abundant materials for advanced manufacturing commercialization;</p><p>(iii) Collaboration on research and deployment of technologies and processes that facilitate reclamation and recycling of rare-earth elements from existing products; and</p><p>(iv) Providing assistance to community colleges and trade schools in program development and equipment for training the skilled workforce necessary for the successful commercialization and integration of earth-abundant technologies, as the workforce training needs are defined by forthcoming deployment opportunities;</p><p>The Board reports biennially to the legislature and the governor about the impact of the center's work on the state's economy and the development of next generation clean energy and transportation technologies in Washington using earth-abundant materials, including performance metrics results, projections of future impact, indicators of its current impact, and ideas for enhancing benefits to the state.</p>I2ES hosts discussion on Proposed Carbon Tax for Washington, 10 Nov 2015 07:51:08<p>Proposed Carbon Tax for Washington<br>Join us for an evening with the world's first and only stand-up economist, Yoram Bauman!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Monday, Nov 9th</p><p>5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (light food followed by program from 6:00 to 7:00 PM)</p><p>Sue Dining at Kamola Hall</p><p>Here's how Dr. Bauman answered the question "Why do you care so much about carbon taxes?"</p><p>I spend a lot of free time working on carbon taxes, especially revenue-neutral carbon taxes (where the revenue from the carbon tax goes to reduce existing taxes). I even talk about it in my comedy routines, and to some extent I do comedy so that I can talk to people about carbon pricing. So… why? Three reasons. One, climate change has the potential to be a huge huge issue this century: I’m not convinced that a climate catastrophe is looming, but I think the threat of a climate catastrophe should be taken seriously. Two, economics has a lot to add to this discussion: the theory of externalities, cost-benefit analysis, economic instruments like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade… all of these and more make economics a crucial part of the discussion; people who wonder what economists have to say about environmental issues couldn’t be more wrong. Three, economists more or less agree on what should be done. This is very different than, say, many questions in macroeconomics, which everyone agrees are important but which elicit wildly different opinions from experts. In contrast, just about all economists think that putting a price on carbon (with a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, but especially with a revenue-neutral carbon tax) is necessary if not sufficient in tackling climate change.</p><p>In short, I’m hoping I can add an economist’s voice (and to a great extent the voice of almost all economists) to the discussion of a major policy issue. That seems like a good way to spend part of my life. His website is</p><p>Admission is free.</p><p>Hosted by: The Institute for Integrated Energy Studies</p><p>For more information, contact Margaret at 963.1489 or</p></br>Dr. Delgado selected for historic Cuban trip, 26 Oct 2015 08:41:30<p>Three Central Washington University faculty members will be part of a delegation visiting Cuba. Mark Auslander, anthropology and museum studies professor and director of the Museum of Culture and Environment; Elvin Delgado, director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies; and Kenneth Cohen, director of the International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI), leave on their week-long trip on Saturday, October 24.</p><p>“The Cuban government has stated that its primary economic priority is tourism,” Cohen points out. “That being said, there are concerns about environmental and cultural impacts of a greatly expanded tourism sector. These are issues that the ISDI can help address. We look forward to exchanging ideas with our Cuban counterparts and exploring mutually beneficial opportunities.”</p><p>Cohen and his CWU colleagues will learn about the current state of Cuban higher education at some of the country’s more than 60 universities, which offer undergraduate and graduate programs in arts and humanities, education, medicine, science, and technology.</p><p>Ann Radwan, executive director of CWU’s International Studies and Programs, selected the three, noting, “Since they’ve already worked in both Central and South America, it seemed natural. They have very different interests and backgrounds. I wanted a diverse group of people going.”</p><p>The trip is sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Cuba Higher Education Initiative. CWU is a partner in the initiative, which seeks to rebuild higher education engagement between the United States and Cuba in light of the reopening of diplomatic relations between the countries.</p><p>In all, CWU—the only university selected for the trip from the western United States—and representatives of 11 other universities will join IIE staff to comprise the delegation.</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino adds, “The partnerships that we hope to develop with peer institutions in Cuba will allow us to expand our global connections and outreach into a new part of the world. It will also benefit our Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, and expand study abroad opportunities for our students—and those who want to come here—along with faculty exchanges.”</p><p>Despite travel restrictions, in recent years a limited number of American students have studied in Cuba. However, few Cuban students have come to the United States. That’s now subject to change and could lead to students from the island nation studying at CWU.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read the full article at <a href=""></a></p>CleanTech Alliance Washington talks about I2ES, 01 Jun 2015 15:39:45<p><strong>Unique Energy Management Degree Program Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A new, cutting-edge energy management degree program is open for fall 2015 enrollment at Central Washington University. Developed by the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies (I2ES) the program will prepare students to work in the public and private energy sectors, and to manage both sustainable and traditional energy resources. CWU’s Board of Trustees approved the bachelor of sciences degree in integrated energy management on April 20.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Read more here</a></p>