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    A Conversation with U.S. Representative Sean Casten

    May 15, 2020
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Sean Casten

    US Congressman, IL 6th

    "A Conversation with U.S. Representative Casten"


    Congressman Sean Casten is a member of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Science, Space and Technology Committee, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and most importantly a scientist and engineer.  His strong background and experience in science bring a fresh perspective to Congress on issues related to research funding and public policy related to energy and the environment.  During this meeting, the Congressman will briefly present the status of public policy related to science, the environment, and research funding. Following his initial presentation, the Congressman will participate in a town hall style forum, allowing participants to ask questions related to public policy for science and the environment. 


     7:00 - 7:05  Welcome and introduction
    • 7:05 - 7:25  Representative Sean Casten
    • 7:25 - 8:00  Q & A discussion with Representative Casten


    The meeting will be live-streamed on Zoom and will run from 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2020. We can accommodate up to 150 participants.
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    U.S. Congressman Sean Casten represents Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, located in suburbs west of Chicago, and is serving as a freshman in the 116th Congress.  As a scientist, clean energy entrepreneur, author, and now as a Member of Congress, Rep. Casten has dedicated his life to fighting climate change. In Congress, he currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and is a Co-Chair on the New Dems Climate Change Task Force.

    A resident of Downers Grove, Illinois, Rep. Casten earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1993, and then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts University School of Medicine in a laboratory investigating dietary impacts on colon and breast cancer. In 1998, he earned a Master of Engineering Management and a Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he did fundamental research in thermophilic fermentation technology to produce cellulosic ethanol and engineering analyses of integrated ethanol, heat and power plants. 

    Rep. Casten worked as a clean energy consultant and manager at Arthur D. Little from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, which focused on utilizing energy recycling technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by generating heat and power from previously wasted energy.  In 2006, Rep. Casten co-founded Recycled Energy Development (RED), which focused on recycling wasted energy and converting energy facilities to cleaner, more economic uses. RED built, owned, and operated industrially-sited waste energy recovery plants throughout North America. RED was sold to Ironclad Energy Partners in 2016.

    Rep. Casten was a founding chairman of the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization with a mission to advance policies that favor energy efficiency in the Northeast United States. He was a lead negotiator on the Massachusetts interconnection standard and participated in multiple utility rate cases.  For his advocacy of clean energy policies and technology, Casten was named to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Emerging Leaders Class of 2011. Rep. Casten has authored a number of articles on clean energy technologies and the United States electricity grid, as well as energy policy and regulation.

    While working diligently in Washington on behalf of Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, Rep. Casten is also committed to keeping in close contact with his constituents, believing in the benefit of hearing the views and ideas of all of the people he represents.

    Congressman Casten and his wife Kara live in Downers Grove with their two daughters.




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