The 3rd Annual Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Conference


Authors might be eligible for publication in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Sustainability’ (MDPI)
Click here for publication details

About PRESCO 2015

Despite efforts since the late 1980’s by the global community, especially the United Nations, to take a proactive stance on the sustainability of energy resources, the stark reality is that global consumption of energy has not diminished. In fact, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have increased nearly 30% since 2000, and roughly 85% of global energy now comes from fossil fuels. Moreover, recent spikes in world oil prices, as well as energy related crises such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan have focused attention on challenges with the existing energy landscape.

The 2015 Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Conference will be held in Hiroshima, Japan: the City of Peace. The three-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and professionals. Under the theme of Integrating the Disciplines, the objectives of PRESCO 2015 are to exchange ideas, present research, debate issues facing sustainable energy as it intersects with the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the global sustainability paradigm.

We invite proposals to be submitted through our online system. Proposals should focus on the following areas: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Consumption, Resiliency and Policy Needs.

Sub-themes include:

  • alternative energy technology (wind, solar, biomass, etc)
  • climate change policy
  • energy efficiency improvement
  • energy and environmental quality
  • fuel cells and hydrogen energy
  • low-carbon energy
  • green buildings and the built environment
  • life cycle assessment
  • ecological economics
  • water supply
  • sustainable development
  • reducing emissions from deforestation
  • reducing emissions from forest degradation
  • corporate social responsibility
  • other topics

Special topics:

The future of electricity generation in a post-Fukushima world:
Are we on track to return to coal and oil with parallel CO2 emissions?
What might the economics of power generation look like in the 5-10 year time frame? 50 years?
Renewable energy? Safety? Conservation? Societal implications?


Journal Publication:

Although full papers are not required, there might be an opportunity for selected papers of high quality to appear in a special edition of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050), which  is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability. It provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development. Sustainability is published by MDPI online monthly. 

The journal is indexed and abstracted, among others, by Chemical Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, RePEc (including EconPapers and IDEAS) and Google Scholar. The Editorial Board members, including several Nobel laureates, are all leading, active scholars.

Title of Special Edition: The Energy-Sustainability Nexus (click for details)

Description: This special issue of Sustainability explores the complex interrelationships between society’s need for energy and the ongoing quest for a sustainable world. This involves energy production, human and ecosystem health, pollution prevention, resource allocation and associated economic factors, patterns of consumption, policy development, and regulatory approaches. Papers that cross over among two or more of these aspects aspects are especially sought. Papers can provide comprehensive reviews of the latest technological developments, or can address a variety of topics such as life cycle assessment of energy systems, schemes for the integration of human activities with the natural environment, processes or designs for resilient human-engineered systems, analyses of human behavior in relation to product or energy use, and best management practices.

Key words: Sustainability, Energy, Sustainable Systems, Integrative Science, Resilience, Life Cycle Assessment

For more details about the journal publication, please click here.

PRESCO Chairman

Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Professor Theis is Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. IESP focuses on the development of new cross-disciplinary research initiatives in the environmental area. He was most recently at Clarkson University, where he was the Bayard D. Clarkson Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Management. Professor Theis received his doctoral degree in environmental engineering, with a specialization in environmental chemistry, from the University of Notre Dame. His areas of expertise include the mathematical modeling and systems analysis of environmental processes, industrial pollution prevention, industrial ecology, the environmental chemistry of trace organic and inorganic substances, interfacial reactions, subsurface contaminant transport, and hazardous waste management.

Dr. Theis has been principal or co-principal investigator on over fifty funded research projects and has authored or co-authored over one hundred papers in peer reviewed research journals, books, and reports. He served as a member of the USEPA Chartered Science Advisory Board (2003-2009), and is past editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering. From 1980-1985 he was the co-director of the Industrial Waste Elimination Research Center (a collaboration of Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Notre Dame), one of the first Centers of Excellence established by the USEPA. In 1989 he was an invited participant on the United Nations’ Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE) Workshop on Groundwater Contamination, in 1998 he was invited to by the World Bank to assist in the development of the first environmental engineering program in Argentina, in January, 2009 he delivered the keynote address at the NitroEurope Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, and in October 2009 he was a member of the US delegation to the US-Japan Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment and Infrastructure Materials in Sapporo, Japan. He is the founding Principal Investigator of the Environmental Manufacturing Management Program.

PRESCO Senior Adviser

Prof George Crabtree George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA

George Crabtree has won numerous awards for his research, such as the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize in 2003 for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Crabtree has served as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 15,000 career citations, and has given approximately 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include materials science, sustainable energy, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

PRESCO Past Plenary Speaker

Paul Shrivastava      Paul Shrivastava, Ph.D.
David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and
Director, David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada
and International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise, ICN Business School, France

Dr. Paul Shrivastava is the David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. He also serves as Senior Advisor on sustainability at Bucknell University and the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong, India. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of DeSales University, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shrivastava received his Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He was tenured Associate Professor of Management at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He has published 15 books and over 100 articles in professional and scholarly journals. He served on the editorial boards of leading management education journals including the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization, Risk Management, and Business Strategy and the Environment. He won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and studied Japanese management while based at Kyoto University. He founded the Organization and Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, and on the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour.

Dr. Shrivastava has 30 years experience in management education, entrepreneurship, and as a consultant to major multinational companies. In 1976 he was part of the management team that launched Hindustan Computers Ltd., one of India’s largest computer companies. In 1985 he founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. to mediate the industrial crisis between Union Carbide Corporation and the Government of India, and published the Industrial Crisis Quarterly. In 1998 he founded, and was President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management and online training/education software company. He has served as consultant to AT&T, Baker Hughes, FMC Corp, Johnson and Johnson, Ketchum Communications, Scott Paper, Wartsila, Oy, and MEC RASTOR, and Elea-Olivetti.

PRESCO Past Plenary Speaker

Prof Yuji Ohya      Yuji Ohya, Ph.D.
Professor, Wind Engineering Section
Director, The Research Institute for Applied Mechanics (RIAM)
Division of Renewable Energy Dynamics

Kyushu University
Kasuga City, Fukuoka, Japan

Dr. Yuji Ohya is the Director of the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics (RIAM) at Kyushu University. Dr. Ohya is one of the leading experts in the field of wind energy technology innovation in Japan. He regularly appears on news and documentary programs in Japan to offer insight on topics related to renewable energy.

A native of Kyushu, Dr. Ohya earned all of his academic degrees at Kyushu University, including a Ph.D. in Engineering.

Presently, he conducts research in the development of wind energy utilization and building a highly efficient wind turbine (wind-lens turbine). In addition, he has been working on a numerical cord, known as the RIAM-COMPACT (R-C), which can be used in both complex terrains and urban areas to predict wind patterns and atmospheric dispersion with a high degree of accuracy. Other areas of interest include using a thermally stratified wind tunnel and numerical simulation to study the atmospheric boundary layer with various stability conditions, as well as clarifying the turbulence structure and transport characteristics.

In 2008, he received the Thomas Kuhn Award for his contribution to the Hopes for the Future for a Sustainable World.  He has also received awards for the best technology development from the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics (2009) and the Japan Association of Wind Engineering (2007). In 2008, the Japanese government (MEXT) awarded him a coveted prize for his development of a highly efficient wind-lens turbine.

Dr Ohya is a council member of both the Japan Wind Energy Association, as well as the Japan Wind Engineering Association. He is also the Past-President of the Western Branch of the Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

PRESCO Past Plenary Speaker

photo-Kohama      Yasuaki Kohama, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Engineering
Director, The New Industry Creation Hatchery Center
Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan

Dr. Yasuaki Kohama  earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Tohoku University, where he now heads the New Industry Creation Hatchery Center. He is a leading expert in the development of the next generation of batteries using a magnesium innovation that is 5 to 10 times more powerful than conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Dr. Kohama’s other passion is the development of the aero-train, which is a zero-emission transportation technology system. He has appeared on national news in Japan to discuss innovations and issues related to global warming and reducing carbon emissions.

His research fields of interest include aero-train technology, ‘wing-in-ground-effect’, solar power, magnesium fuel cells, hydrodynamics, diamond coating, and nanotechnology. Publishing works to his credit include “The Global Environment and the Aero-train,” and most recently a work entitled “The Right Energy Knowledge for the Future.”

He is an active member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics, the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, the Turbo Machinery Association, and the American Physics Society.

Originally from Iwate prefecture in Japan, he now resides in Sendai in Japan. As both Iwate and Sendai suffered heavy destruction during the 2011 earthquake in Japan, Dr. Kohama is deeply concerned about the future of energy technology in Japan.

PRESCO 2015 Affiliates

Teikyo University, Dept of Human Information Systems
Department of
Human Information Systems
MDPI logo Argonne National Laboratory United Laboratories
Centre for Sustainable Enterprise    ICN Business School 


Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Environmental Science & Policy
Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Scott Valentine, Ph.D.
School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong (SAR), China
Chi-ming Lai, Ph.D.
Director, Energy and Green Building Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan
Dein Shaw, Ph.D.
Professor, PME National Tsing Hua University
CEO, Tze Chiang Foundation of Science
ASME Taiwan Chapter, Executive Board Member
Shih-Liang Chan, Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Real Estate and Built Environment
National Taipei University, Taiwan
Kazuko Yamasaki, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Information
Tokyo University of Information Sciences, Japan
Kazuhiro Akimoto, Ph.D.
Department of Human Information Systems
Teikyo University, Japan
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Jianyu Cao, Ph.D.
Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Solar Cell Materials & Technology
Changzhou University, P.R. China
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China



For general inquiries, please contact presco.coordinator@presdafoundation.org