Johns Hopkins SAIS and FREE launch collaboration on technology, electricity, and climate

February 22, 2018
Top graduate school of international relations and leading international non-profit institution on clean energy and environment establish unique initiative to foster research collaboration on key issues at the intersection of technology, electricity, and climate change
Washington, D.C.; New York – The Energy, Resources and Environment program (ERE) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), have finalized an agreement to establish a Technology, Electricity and Climate (TEC) initiative. 
Policies, technology, and customers are driving a dramatic transformation of the global electricity industry. In response, utilities, technology companies, regulators, governments, and customers are deploying new technologies, and adopting or experimenting with new partnerships, business models, and regulatory approaches in real time. Given the scale and pace of the changes underway, as well as their implications for long-term sustainability, there is a need for a dedicated focus on the challenges and opportunities emerging in the technology-electricity-climate nexus. 
Leveraging the respective interests and strengths of FREE and SAIS/ERE, the TEC initiative will analyze strategies to achieve low-carbon, sustainable electricity, both domestically and internationally. The initiative will involve research, convening of experts, strategic communication and outreach. As the collaboration progresses, the focus is expected to expand into other rapidly changing and critical energy sectors.
As part of the new collaboration, Johns Hopkins SAIS is very pleased to welcome John Byrne as a Visiting Scholar in the ERE program. Byrne is also the President of FREE. 
Media Contacts
Shonda Hurt                                                                                       
External Programs, Outreach and Marketing Manager
Energy, Resources and Environment Program (ERE)                          
202.349.0989 office                                                                                      
Pam Hague
Program Manager
Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE)
212.705.8758 office
302.559.4543 cell  
About FREE
The Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) is a non-profit, international organization established to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. Consistent with its mission, FREE maintains a wide ranging research program intended to identify strategies that can rapidly decarbonize economies, spur green investment to support decarbonization, and define policy and institutional changes consistent with climate sensitive, equitable and sustainable development. Research sponsors include government agencies, research institutes, and nonprofit policy and research organizations. 
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About the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on developing innovative solutions to urgent global energy and environmental challenges. The program educates students who aspire to play leadership roles at global, national and local institutions that will shape the world's future. ERE faculty provide students with the intellectual framework and analytic skills to devise solutions to policy, financing, technological and governance challenges facing the international community.
For more information, visit the Energy, Resources and Environment Program or @ERESAIS
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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