Westfield High School will host an educational panel on New Jersey's transition to 100% renewable energy, on April 19, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Westfield High School Auditorium at 550 Dorian Road in Westfield.

Our state has been moving toward renewable generation of electricity since 2007, a transition that affects our economy, health, and climate. And because scientists have concluded that greenhouse gas emissions are causing both a global increase in temperature and sea level rise – a serious threat to New Jersey where our coastal region is subsiding – there is a push to accelerate the transition. 

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey and Westfield High School, along with others, are sponsoring an educational panel on the transition to 100% renewable electrical generation in New Jersey. The panel will address how that will impact jobs in conventional industry, the cost of electricity, and the stability and resilience of the power grid. 

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It will be held on April 19 at 7 pm in the Westfield High School Auditorium at 550 Dorian Road in Westfield NJ. Co-sponsors are the Westfield Green Team, Unitarian Universalist Faith Action NJ and Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit. The League of Women Voters will provide a moderator for the panel.

The panel will open with a short educational video and presentations from the panelists representing business, labor, government, and environmental groups. Then a League of Women Voters moderator will ask them prepared questions, plus questions you submit.  The panelists will be:

Jim Walsh, Renewable Energy Policy Analyst, Food and Water Watch

Lyle Rawlings, President, MidAtlantic Solar Energy Industry Association

Richard Lawton, Executive Director, NJ Sustainable Business Council

Joseph Fiordaliso, President, Board of Public Utilities

Dan Fatton, Executive Director, Work Environment Council

Serpil Guran, Director, Rutgers Ecocomplex