Tom Tuffey to present last Coffee Hour lecture of the semester

Dec. 10, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK - Tom Tuffey, the director of the PennFuture Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment in Philadelphia, will present "Pennsylvania's Clean Energy Future" during Coffee Hour at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in 112 Walker. All are invited.

Tuffey is an experienced entrepreneur with particular interests in developing enterprise solutions to energy issues. He has been actively involved in over two dozen mergers, acquisitions and many organization startups. He has served on many boards of directors in both the private and public interest sectors.

Previously, Tuffey was the executive director of the Sustainable Energy Fund, a $20 million non-profit private finance company focused on central Pennsylvania. He was also an executive committee member of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), the trade association of the 17 state clean energy funds, with resources of $4 billion.

Tuffey is well-known throughout Pennsylvania for his clean energy advocacy and leadership. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Energy Advisory Council and an advisor to the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Wind power development, green buildings, and agricultural biodigesters in Pennsylvania have all been areas of special accomplishment.

Tuffey's 35-year career has all been focused in the environmental field. He was a student activist while at Rutgers University, representing New Jersey on the national advisory board of Student Council on Protection of the Environment (SCOPE) as Earth Day first emerged. He continued at Rutgers through two graduate degrees and joined the faculty for four years in the Water Resources Research Institute, and then the Bureau of Engineering Research. He is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program.

Tuffey was at Roy F. Weston, Inc. for 17 years, advancing to executive vice president of the 3000-person, publicly-traded environmental consultancy. His various responsibilities included long-term growth of a $50 Million operating division, chief scientific officer, president of the international company, and new market development.

Tuffey spent four years associated with Safe Guard Scientifics, at the time Philadelphia's leading venture capital organization. He was instrumental in forming and financing four environmental organizations in insurance, automated data processing, information systems and real estate. Immediately before founding the Sustainable Energy Fund, he was president of EMIStech Publishing, a private company focused on conferences and newsletters in Environmental, Health & Safety Information Systems.