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An Open Letter on Clean Energy and Green Jobs

from Michigan Scientists, Engineers, Economists, and Technical and Health Professionals

Lead Signers

T. Arnold Boezaart, MSW
Director, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center
Grand Valley State University
Muskegon, MI

Arn Boezaart serves as director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU)-operated Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) located in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The Center is an economic development partnership of the City of Muskegon, the State of Michigan, and GVSU. The MAREC facility provides leadership in promoting renewable energy, hosts business start-up incubators, supports energy related research, and promotes alternative and renewable energy technologies and technology innovations.

Andy Hoffman, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
School of Natural Resources & Environment
University of Michigan

Andy Hoffman serves as Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments in the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Dr. Hoffman is a leader in researching the business-environmental interface and has published over nine books and over 90 articles/book chapters on environmental and social issues as they relate to business.

Charles McKeown, M.S.
Energy Specialist
Office of the Hannah Professor in Land Policy
Department of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Charles McKeown is a leading expert on renewable energy and land use policy in Michigan. He has published widely on topics ranging from offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes to opportunities for the deployment of solar and wind at brownfield sites across the state.  

Knute Nadelhoffer, Ph.D.
Director, Biological Station
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Knute Nadelhoffer is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Biological Station at the University of Michigan, which studies the impacts of climate change in Northern Michigan. His expertise spans across ecology and global change, with a special focus on the regional impacts of climate change in the Midwest. 

Simon Ng, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director, Alternative Energy Technology
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Simon Ng is the associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of chemical engineering at Wayne State University, where he also serves as director of the Alternative Energy Technology Program. His research focuses on biofuels and alternative energy technologies. He has published and presented over 350 research papers.

John Patten, Ph.D.
Director, Manufacturing Research Center
Professor and Chair, Department of Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University

John Patten has been involved in alternative and renewable energy activities for over 30 years. Most recently, he created the wind manufacturing group in Michigan to promote the development and manufacturing of utility scale wind turbines in the state. Dr. Patten is also currently spearheading the Western Michigan University Green Manufacturing Initiative, which involves the design and manufacture of environmentally benign and energy conscious products and processes, and the Green Manufacturing Industrial Consortium.

Barry Solomon, Ph.D.
Founder and Former President, U.S. Society for Ecological Economics
Professor, Geography and Environmental Policy
Director, Graduate Program in Environmental and Energy Policy
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Barry Solomon is the founder and former president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, which advances critical expertise for environmental policy solutions. Dr. Solomon serves as a professor of geography and environmental policy at Michigan Technology University, where he also directs the Graduate Program in Environmental and Energy Policy. He spent over a decade in the nation’s capital working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. His main areas of research include economic incentives for environmental protection, energy policy, air pollution, and global climate change.

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