On February 3, 2018, Tufts University celebrate the 13th annual Tufts Energy Conference (TEC). This year's theme, "Transforming Outlooks Into Realities" saw the gathering of energy professionals, scholars, students, and experts from a variety of sectors to discuss critical energy issues across the globe, particularly in light of the U.S. decision to withdrawal the Paris Agreement in June 2017. Centering around issues within the future of energy development, panelists convened to debate topics related to carbon dioxide emissions and the trend of carbon pricing, the impacts of climate change on coastal cities, emerging temporary solutions to carbon emissions within the sector of geoengineering technology, and the international investment in clean solutions and efforts to counteract climate change.
The TEC Conference is organized and run entirely by graduate and undergraduate students at Tufts University, with organization support from TIE. This year, students from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the School of Arts and Sciences arranged for an especially timely conversation around the future of the energy in the U.S. and worldwide and how individuals and organizations can help invest in the innovation of the energy sector. TIE-SEI Fellow, Stefan Koester, a co-chair of the 2018 Organizing Committee, expressed that the goal for the 2018 Conference was to make it as "interesting to as many people as possible," in the hopes of reaching a large audience who would reflect on the conversations that took place and their position within them.