National Security and Our Energy Future: A Public Forum Featuring Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti

Contact: Mary Hoff, Institute on the Environment, (612) 626-2670

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (2/28/2012)—Join the Institute on the Environment  for a public forum on economic and national security threats posed by overreliance on fossil fuels this Friday, March 2, 3–4:30 p.m. in the lobby level conference room of the University of Minnesota’s Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave. in St. Paul.

The forum will focus on improving national security and economic security through investments and policies that lead toward energy independence. Dick Hemmingsen of IonE’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment and Tim Smith of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise will be joined by Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the United Kingdom's climate & energy security envoy. Admiral Morisetti will highlight opportunities for Minnesota to benefit from investment in clean energy and efficiency. A reception will follow the event.

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti CB joined the Royal Navy in 1976. After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course, in 2004 Morisetti took command of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. In November 2005 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR), also serving as NATO High Readiness Force Maritime Commander. In July 2007 he was appointed Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He became the United Kingdom's Climate and Energy Security Envoy in November 2009.