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Stony Brook University Student Selected for National Leadership Program

Jun 6, 2013 - 9:00:00 AM

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Richard Shelton
STONY BROOK, NY AND PORTLAND, OR, June 6, 2013 – Stony Brook University student Richard Shelton (’14) has been selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in the sustainable energy sector by national non-profit organization Focus the Nation. Shelton will spend one week at the Recharge! Retreat in August exploring Mt. Hood in Oregon, an area where energy is accelerating toward renewables. He is among only 20 students nationwide selected for his dedication, passion and unique contribution to advancing sustainable energy in America.
“This is a great opportunity to learn valuable tools that I can bring back to my job at Stony Brook University,” said Shelton, a double major in business management and environmental design, policy and planning with a minor in sustainability studies who also works as a project coordinator in the Office of Sustainability at Stony Brook University. “There is a lot to be said about learning outside of the classroom or workplace and I think this will be an excellent opportunity to do so.”
As a project coordinator, Shelton is responsible for working with managers to determine how projects should be completed. He also conducts financial and environmental impact analyses for these projects to determine which will have the most positive environmental impacts in the most cost-effective manner. Among the many projects that he has worked on while at Stony Brook are the installation of the Xlerator electric hand dryers in the Student Activities Center bathrooms, and the water bottle filling stations found in various buildings on campus.
On Mt. Hood, Shelton and his peers will hike Elliot Glacier, which has experienced 60 percent snowpack loss since 1982; tour the Boardman Coal Plant, scheduled to close by 2020; experience The Dalles Dam, located on the Columbia River and producing hydropower since 1957; and visit Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, which powers 125,000 homes in rural Oregon. Upon returning home, ReCharge! Delegates put what they learn at the retreat to use on their campus and in their communities by promoting sustainable energy solutions.
“As a ReCharge! Delegate, I hope to combine my knowledge with others to find solutions to the dynamic energy problems we are faced with today,” said Shelton. “After college I would like to use the skills I have learned to help reinvent the urban landscapes of declining cities in the United States and abroad.”
Focus the Nation created ReCharge! in collaboration with The Center for Whole Communities to address the need for rising leaders to approach energy challenges with innovative ideas and fortitude throughout their careers. ReCharge! is made possible through sponsorship by Bonneville Power Administration, EDP Renewables, KEEN Footwear and Portland General Electric.  


About Focus the Nation
Focus the Nation is the country’s leading youth empowerment organization and supports rising leaders in launching careers that accelerate the transition to sustainable energy in all fifty states. Since 2008, the organization has helped more 300,000 young people engage in direct dialogue with business and elected leaders around energy solutions. For more information about Focus the Nation and ReCharge!, visit or contact Sasha Tenzin at
About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,000 students and 2,200 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 22nd best value in public colleges for in-state students and 9th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

© Stony Brook University 2013

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