"The Future of the Clean Energy Economy"
Stanley "Skip" Pruss of 5 Lakes Energy LLC
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Stanley "Skip" Pruss, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, is a principal in 5 Lakes Energy LLC, a clean energy technology consultancy focusing on enabling and accelerating Michigan's clean energy economy. Until August, 2010, Mr. Pruss was the Director of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and Michigan's Chief Energy Officer, where he was responsible for designing and implementing Michigan's clean energy economy diversification efforts.
Mr. Pruss also served as Governor Jennifer Granholm's Special Advisor for Renewable Energy and the Environment and Chair of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Until 2003, Mr. Pruss served as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Michigan's Consumer Protection Division where he was also Chair of the Department of Attorney General's Public Protection Practice Group.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Pruss practiced environmental protection and natural resource law and participated in the development, review and analysis of environmental legislation. Mr. Pruss litigated and brought to successful conclusion one of the largest natural resource damage cases in the country and established the nation's first comprehensive brownfield reclamation program. He was also the legal advisor to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Mr. Pruss has received numerous public service awards and citations including being named Leader of the Year in 2010 by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy association, Guardian of the Great Lakes in 2009 by Clean Water Action, Conservationist of the Year by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and selection by the American Bar Association as a recipient of the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service.