RJ Colwell, a J.D. candidate pursuing his Environmental and Natural Resources Law certificate, presented as a panelist at the University of Colorado Denver's April Sustainability Series discussion "Greening the Military." RJ and his fellow panelists discussed the push towards energy efficiency and renewable energy by the world's largest energy consumer, the U.S. military. Under the National Defense Authorization Act, the military is required to meet at least 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2025. RJ presented his findings in the context of the approaches adopted by various States' Army National Guard organizations in terms of renewable energy project development. RJ's presentation stemmed from research conducted in support of the 'Renewable Energy: Project Development and Regulation' course offered through the Sturm College of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program.
RJ enjoyed learning about the role energy efficiency plays as a necessary precursor for effective renewable energy from his fellow panelist, Brett Jackson, and the tremendous work on energy efficiency undertaken by the Colorado Army National Guard at its installations.
The Environmental and Natural Resources program applauds RJ's efforts towards bringing attention to the importance of renewables in the military and sharing his research with a wider audience.