ETSU’s Dr. Audrey Depelteau selected for climate change training


JOHNSON CITY (July 26, 2013) — Dr. Audrey Depelteau, director of the ETSU Innovation Laboratory, has been accepted for the prestigious Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps Training being held in Chicago.

The Climate Reality Training initiative is designed to create a global network of concerned citizens who will study the impact of climate change on the environment and will also be trained to educate and empower diverse audiences and communities. The Chicago program will have a worldwide international presence. The June 2013 training in Istanbul had 430 representatives from over 77 different countries in attendance.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will lead the three-day intensive training that will cover the latest science of climate changes, public speaking, social media, leadership skills, communication strategies, community outreach and organization.

At the completion of the training, Depelteau will be a member of a global network of climate leaders. She will share her expertise with ETSU's committee on climate change, green building, and energy initiatives and will be available to other venues upon request.

As director of the ETSU Innovation Lab, Depelteau works closely with green companies such as Renewable Algal Energy LLC (RAE) that produces biofuels and neutraceuticals. RAE Technology captures CO2  (a green-house gas) directly from the atmosphere, utilizes seawater instead of fresh water (a limited resource), avoids using pesticides or herbicides, and does not use valuable farmland.

RAE focuses on native algal species - not genetically modified species - to protect the environment. Dr. Jeffrey Kanel, CEO of RAE, stated "Dr. Depelteau's acceptance into this program is a huge accolade for ETSU, the Innovation Lab, the region and for renewable companies such as RAE. When Dr. Depelteau returns, I look forward to furthering our collaborations that will make a positive global impact."

For more information about the Innovation Lab, contact Depelteau at (423) 439-8535 or To learn about the Climate Reality Project, visit

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