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Simpson Alum Skip Laitner

Simpson Alum Skip Laitner

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Alum Skip Laitner: A Life Devoted to Service and Engagement
John “Skip” Laitner, who attended Simpson College during the tumultuous years of the late1960s, feels his time at Simpson has always been at the core of his persona. Laitner recalled, “Among other fun things in the 1960s, I was on the student judiciary group thathelped write a new Student Conduct Code; and I was then the first person tried under thatnew code – for being in a woman’s room in one of the campus dormitories. My, my, howtimes have changed!”Laitner also served as the Cultural Events Chairman on campus, which started the
 Blackfriars Film Festiva
to raise funds to support the theatre and to introduce the campusto alternative and foreign films. The group opened a coffee house in the basement of theLittle Chapel to give students a place to mingle and to talk about politics and the worldaround them. Debates were organized as part of that coffee house effort. That included a particularly engaging debate about the nature of fraternities and sororities and their value tocampus living. And for a brief period of time they published an underground newspaper called,
The Sacred Cow
. This was all part of an effort to engage a more community-spirited environment on campus which provided Laitner with a core of experiences thatstill shape much of his efforts today.Laitner graduated from the University of Iowa and received a Master’s Degree in ResourceEconomics from Antioch University. He has worked for over 40 years in the energy andclimate policy arenas, currently as the Director of Social and Economic Analysis for theAmerican Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a 45-person think tank  based in Washington, DC. He previously served 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Laitner was honored in1998 and awarded EPA's Gold Medal – that agency’s highest honor – for his work with ateam of other EPA economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that mightassist in the implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies. He was amongthe hundreds of people who helped lay the groundwork for the Kyoto Protocol in ClimateChange in 1997. In 2003, the US Combined Heat and Power Association gave him anaward to acknowledge his contributions to the policy development of that critical industry.In 2004 his paper, “How Far Energy Efficiency?” catalyzed new research into the proper characterization of efficiency as a long-term resource.The author or co-author of nearly 300 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Laitner also served as the co-editor of a recent book,
 People-Center Initiatives for Increasing 

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