When HWS’ Tom “Captain Carbon” Drennen isn’t busy making the campus an even more green-friendly place, the Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies is working in the community at-large, making it more educated about the environment.
Drennen was the keynote speaker at The Center for Environmental Information’s (CEI) Community Salute Dinner held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester.
There, Drennen, the author of “Pathways to a Hydrogen Future”, delivered a speech on hydrogen as a potential fuel source. “Moving to a hydrogen economy could help reduce our reliance on foreign oil, improve local air quality, and reduce the risk of climate change” says Drennen.
Each year, CEI’s Community Salute Dinner celebrates community leaders and initiatives that have made a positive impact on the natural environment and honors the numerous environmental accomplishments in the greater Rochester area.
As an organization, CEI works for the environmental protection and sustainable use of the greater Rochester region and focuses on betterment through education, collaboration and facilitation.
During the past few years, Drennen has garnered international attention for his work. Some of these projects, funded by the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., have been presented to members of Congress to help limit global warming. In addition, Drennen has been called to Washington to discuss domestic energy policy and the United States role in the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Drennen, who joined the faculty in 1995, holds a bachelor of science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from Cornell University.
The CEI Community Salute Dinner offers an opportunity to network and celebrate with friends and members of Rochester’s environmental community. The Center for Environmental Information continues its 34 years of collaborating with citizens, businesses and government, serving our community and promoting good choices for the environment in Rochester.