30 and Thriving

Does the concern over climate change seem new to you? Not at Pace. Not by 30 years. The Pace Energy and Climate Center (PECC) is celebrating three productive decades of creating solutions for energy and climate challenges. PECC is part of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

“The center is a force for legal and policy change,” says Law School Dean Horace Anderson, JD. “It has trained many Pace Law students to become the next generation of smart-energy professionals, working at home and abroad to create more resilient, sustainable communities.”

PECC is a dynamic resource for all things energy related, delivering influential papers for groups like the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory on topics such as continuous power for vulnerable populations during violent storms. It holds public forums on current issues (think carbon taxes), and advocates in state regulatory proceedings for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

In a sign of PECC’s continuing impact, the US Department of Energy recently awarded it nearly $3 million in grant funding to operate the New York– New Jersey Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, aimed at improving the region’s energy, environmental, and economic future.