IIAR is conducting a re-start of the IIAR Energy Sustainability Committee since its initial in-person meeting in Orlando was cancelled in 2020. Some progress has been made virtually in the past two years, however, we have a new chair person with some ideas to add to the work already done. IIAR wishes to confirm and reconfirm interest of individuals who had signed up two years ago in becoming corresponding members of this committee.
IIAR and our new committee chair plan to hold its first in-person meeting in Alexandria VA on June 14 & 15th 2022 in conjunction with other committee and board meetings, and wish to know who can attend.
If you would like to participate in the Energy Sustainability Committee please fill out the form in the following link: IIAR Energy Sustainability Committee
Note: The form includes a selection as to whether you can attend the first in-person meeting. Attendance to the first in-person meeting is not required to become a corresponding member.
Please read the vision & focus areas of our new Energy Sustainability Committee Chair.
“We hear about the effects of climate change on nearly a daily basis, whether it is widespread wildfires, or 100-year storms occurring every few years, or shore lined communities slowing being washed away from rising sea levels. Our minds swirl with awe on the task ahead of us to just limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Doubt creeps in as we look at it as individuals, but we are not one, we are many. What is the natural refrigeration community’s role in helping to create a better world for tomorrow? How can we shape our decisions today so the next generation and the generation after that can pick up where we left off and carry the torch forward? That is what the Energy Sustainability Committee’s task is to me, to start building the foundation for tomorrow. I am Aer Teale, P.E., CRST, director of engineering at Lineage Logistics leading the energy conservation and efficiency team. I’ve been in the natural refrigeration industry since 2008 and have experiences as a contractor, end-user, and manufacturer.”
The three focus areas that the committee will be working on are:
- Energy conservation
- Energy efficiency
- Alternative energy
“The Energy Sustainability Committee will be encompassing of not only the technical aspects but also the human factors, social responsibility, and regulatory. In other words, we will need a large swath of skills and expertise as we lay the foundation for tomorrow”, Teale concludes.