ABOUT THE CEPM @ W&J
MISSION & HISTORY
The Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) is a part of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), a private liberal arts institution located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Formed in 2012 amidst the region's shale gas boom, the CEPM was designed to be a center of excellence dedicated to fostering the development of energy policy that has a place for all energy sources and promotes economic growth while minimizing environmental impacts.
Since its establishment, the Center has become the premier source of credible, impartial, and accessible information pertaining to energy, resilience, and sustainability. Through its seminars and workshops, the Center has trained more than a 1,000 students, faculty, staff, citizens, and public officials on everything from in-home energy conservation techniques to the impacts of zoning policies on energy production, transmission, and consumption. While the CEPM does not advocate for or against any particular policy, it helps consumers and policymakers become better informed about all of their policy options.
ADDRESSING REGIONAL CHALLENGES
Western Pennsylvania has changed dramatically over the past several decades. Once an industrial powerhouse for the United States, the region suffered demographic and economic losses throughout the late 20th Century. Since then, the region has worked hard to reinvent itself. Today, Pittsburgh and its nearby communities are at the forefront of innovation in health, education, and technology. Given its endowment of natural gas and natural gas liquids, western Pennsylvania has also become a major energy hub. Despite all of this growth, a number of challenges remain. The region still suffers from legacy environmental degradation, infrastructural stress, and uneven development within and between its many communities.
With the support of its generous funders, the CEPM is working to address these challenges. Through strategic partnerships, the CEPM is harnessing the talents of its students, faculty, and staff to affect change.
STAFF & AFFILIATED FACULTY
Corey Young, MCRP
Corey Young became the Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management in April 2016. Before coming to the CEPM, he worked as an urban planner in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. There, he collaborated closely with municipalities to develop long-range plans for growth and development. Corey earned his master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. His research interests include the land use-energy nexus; the integration of energy generation, transmission, and consumption into comprehensive plans; and public finance.
Max Clark, MPA
Program Manager & Policy Analyst
Max Clark joined the CEPM in 2018. Max is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s MA in Public Affairs program where he studied Public Administration and International Development. His research interest within the CEPM is centered on the sustainability of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins.
Program Manager & Policy Analyst
Linda Ritzer joined the CEPM in June 2019. Previously, she served as the managing editor at the Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington, PA, with experience in writing, editing, research, planning and managing staff. She also has experience as a reporter covering a variety of issues, including state and local politics and the Commonwealth's courts. She holds a B.S. degree in journalism from West Virginia University.