Minutes of the March 26, 2007 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter


The March meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter began with dinner at "Calhouns on the River" in Knoxville, and then moved to our usual room on the U.T. Ag Campus for a talk by Dr. Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Dr. Smith gave everyone an update on the latest global warming science and policy, with a discussion about what we can do to be part of the solution. The title of his talk was "Too Hot not to Handle", and the following is a description of his professional background:

Stephen A. Smith, DVM, has been executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy since 1993 and has actively worked with numerous non-profit organizations addressing energy, water, forest, air, nuclear weapons production and nuclear waste issues since 1982. Dr. Smith received a doctorate in veterinarian medicine from the University of Tennessee (1992) and a bachelorís of science in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College (1988). In 2000, Dr. Smith's environmental passions led him to set aside his veterinary practice to devote himself fulltime to Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Currently, Dr. Smith serves as co-chair for the U.S. Climate Action Network board of directors and serves on the advisory board for the Alliance for Climate Protection. Additionally, he serves on TVA's Green Power Marketing Committee where he chairs the Third-Party Certification workgroup; Florida Power and Light's Green Power public advisory committee; and both the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the North Carolina Climate Action Planning Advisory Group.

Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker at public events on topics of energy policies and issues and has been trained by former Vice President Al Gore through The Climate Project to present on the topic of global warming. Some of Dr. Smith's experience includes testifying before the Georgia Public Service Commission to advocate for the development and regulatory approval of a Georgia Power and Savannah Electric accredited green power program; testifying before Great Smoky Mountain Congressional Caucus on air quality problems at the National Park; testifying on the operations of the Tennessee Valley Authority before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight; serving two terms on TVA's Regional Resource Stewardship Council, a federal advisory panel to make recommendations on TVA's management of the Tennessee River watershed; serving on the U. S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Electric System Advisory Committee.




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