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KNOXVILLE — Marilyn Brown, a former University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor of geography with a previous career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will be discussing improving energy efficiency in the industry sector.

The event is free and open to the public.

Brown, now a professor in the school of public policy at Georgia Tech University, will be speaking on “Lean Energy Approaches to Sustaining the U.S. Industrial Base” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave.

In a world economy where production is shifting to low-cost and less-regulated developing countries, improving the energy efficiency of industry is essential for maintaining the viability of domestic manufacturing.

Brown’s work also has helped in policy development. She’s given numerous high-level briefings and testimonies before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies. She has led several energy technology and policy scenario studies and is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. She has authored more than 200 publications.

She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a member of the National Academies’ Board of Energy and Environmental Systems and two National Academies’ committees (America’s Energy Future and America’s Climate Choices).

Brown co-founded and chaired the board of directors of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for several years. She also served on the boards of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Alliance to Save Energy, and was a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy for many years.

During Brown’s prior career at ORNL, she held various leadership positions managing annual research budgets of $50 million to 130 million, focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric grid and energy engineering projects. While at ORNL, she also was an adjunct associate professor in the department of geography at UT Knoxville.


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