Summit on the Impact of a Clean Economy on Communities


Summit on the Impact of a Clean Economy on Communities

The Clean Economy and Community Impact Summit in Tucson, Arizona was a half-day event that focused on the state’s clean energy economy. Held on Friday, April 5 at the University of Arizona Tech Park on the Southeast side, attendees had the opportunity to hear from leaders in environmental and economic industries who shared their ideas and current projects. Speakers included U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero.

Throughout the summit, discussions centered around the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Mayor Romero emphasized how these laws are helping communities like Tucson reduce energy costs, promote environmental justice, and work towards a cleaner future for everyone. Senator Kelly, as the keynote speaker, highlighted the changes he has witnessed on the planet from his space shuttle missions, stressing the importance of addressing carbon emissions to combat climate change.

Following the summit, Senator Kelly visited Dimensional Energy, a company that converts carbon dioxide into sustainable aviation fuel and products. He emphasized the importance of renewable energy jobs like those at Dimensional Energy, as they provide well-paying opportunities while also helping to address climate change. The summit was hosted by Emerson Collective, Elemental Excelerator, and Climate Power, bringing together a diverse group of individuals committed to advancing clean energy initiatives.

Madison Thomas, a multimedia journalist who joined KGUN 9 in July of 2023, reported on the summit. A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in journalism and mass communication, Madison is dedicated to sharing stories from the communities she knows and grew up in. She welcomes story ideas and important issues from the community via email at madison.thomas@kgun9.com or through her social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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