Caz resident chairs environmental conference in Dubai
By Willie Kiernan
Cazenovia resident, John Hunter, recently returned from Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he served as the chairman of a three-day conference on the environment, climate control and green building technologies.
"I was honored to be invited to chair this conference given that it has been several years since I have been involved in a related field," Hunter said.
Hunter returned to Central New York with his wife Cindy a few years ago after living in Dabai for several years. He was quickly nominated to co-chair the Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, serving for one year.
"In 1977, I started the first sales company for Carrier Air Conditioning in Dubai and I have seen Dubai grow from a small trading village to the modern marvel that it is today," Hunter said. "The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has recently declared that all new buildings must be green buildings. One hundred miles down the road in Abu Dhabi, the government has just announced the development of the world's first carbon neutral city."
Masdar City will house 50,000 residents with the goal of having no environmental impact. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has established an institute in Masdar to work on renewable energy and architects from around the world will be designing zero carbon buildings.
"The results of this ambitious project will bring new ideas, technologies and materials to the entire world in the quest for environmental improvement," Hunter said.
Addressing the Climate Control Conference were speakers from the U.S. Green Building Association, Accredited Assessors from the U.S. system of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, environmental and engineering representatives from most major US air conditioning and controls manufacturers and a host of renewable energy and recycling experts from around the world.