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WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 âEUR" The University of Virginia, building on an ambitious agenda for furthering the adoption of renewable energy primarily through its Darden School of Business, has become the 500th member of The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

R. Ariel Gomez, the Unversity's Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies, committed it to helping âEURoedevelop renewable energy through research in the basic sciences, engineering and architectureâEUR and to âEURoeunderstanding social motivations and incentives for adopting new energy technologies as expressed through private sector markets and governmental policies.âEUR

âEURoeWe are delighted to have the University of Virginia as our 500th member,âEUR said Michael Eckhart, ACORE President. âEURoeThere is even a bit of symbolism to this. Thomas Jefferson founded the University to bring together excellence in a diverse range of the areas including philosophy, arts, foreign languages, science, law, and medicine, believing that the sum is greater than the parts. Similarly, ACORE was founded by these Founding 500 members to bring together renewable energy technology companies, end users, professionals, financiers, nonprofit groups, civil society, educational institutions, and government âEUR" all of the players needed to make renewable energy successful.âEUR

ACORE was founded in September 2001 and is growing at a quickening pace. The now 500-plus members work in every sector of the renewable energy industries and the within institutions that are helping shape it, including finance, government, higher education, end-users, professional service providers and allied non-profit groups.

Added Gomez: âEURoeWe bring to ACORE a wide range of academic expertise and interest, and we look forward to working with other ACORE members from every sector.âEUR

Leading the UniversityâEUR(TM)s collaborative work with ACORE from its main campus in Charlottesville will be the Facilities Manager at the Darden School of Business, Keith Crawford. Crawford will be working through ACOREâEUR(TM)s Higher Education Committee.

"The University of Virginia and the Darden School of Business are committed to leading the transition to regenerative energy sources by creating transformational leaders and inventing new technologies that improve life,âEUR Crawford said. âEURoeIt's an exciting time to be a part of the renewable energy revolution and to be a part of ACORE."

Darden School Professor Dr. Richard Brownlee also will contribute to the HEC. Professor Brownlee has been instrumental in developing the institutional plan for the University to address sustainability and energy issues, with his primary focus being the cultural, legal and economic incentives inherent in sustainability and renewable energy strategies.

"CEOs around the world have a strategic rationale for taking on environmental, social, and governance issues. Leading business schools and universities are training tomorrow's CEOs," Brownlee said. "Those institutions need to be committed to this. I'm proud the Darden School of Business and the University of Virginia are teaming up with ACORE. We encourage the other leading business schools and universities to do the same."

Companies and organizations can demonstrate their leadership in the renewable energy industry by joining ACORE as a member. More information about its 500-plus members can be found at: www.acore.org/membership/.

For information about ACOREâEUR(TM)s Higher Education Committee: www.acore.org/programs/hec/.

For information about the University of VirginiaâEUR(TM)s Darden School of Business visit http://oscar.virginia.edu/explorations or email Dr. Ken White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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