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Young Heights engineer focuses on sustainability

August 20, 2018

At only 23, the Heights engineer is an up-and-coming leader in sustainable energy.

Dakota Stormer is a health, safety, security and environmental advisor at Shell. Earlier this summer, he traveled to Singapore for an innovation lab focused on sustainability. This month, he plans to attend a climate leadership training with experts like former U.S. Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore.

Stormer said the UNLEASH event held May 30-June 6 in Singapore brought together talented people from all over the world.

“UNLEASH looks for talents that are entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, subject matter experts, activists and overall leaders in the field of sustainability,” he said. “UNLEASH was unique because of its ability to bring together 1,000 people from over 100 different countries and foster an unparalleled sense of unity.”

UNLEASH participants addressed problems in global energy to produce applicable solutions.

“Participants were split into teams based on the different United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We then went through a rigorous problem framing phase to ensure we are focusing on real world issues,” Stormer said. “Once each team found the problem they wanted to solve, we unleashed our creativity.”

Stormer said he and his team worked eight days to come up with the Power Tower, which is a mobile cart that uses solar panels to charge batteries and can be used for selling electricity to run fans and lights.

He said he is passionate about sustainability because it can make a difference in combatting climate change and its effects.

“I believe that tackling the sustainable energy transition is vital for making an impact on climate change. As a child, I experienced many extreme weather events in Houston. After the 2005 hurricane season, I began writing a weather blog and studying meteorology and climatology,” Stormer said. “I realized the necessity of sustainability for our society to thrive in the future.”

From Aug. 28-30, Stormer plans to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Los Angeles, where he will meet with world-renowned scientists and communicators to discuss to address the climate crisis.

“Climate Reality Leaders aren’t just raising awareness of climate change. They’re working for solutions in over 100 countries worldwide,” Stormer said. “By connecting with leaders from around the globe, we can share our solutions and work toward implementing and advocating for them on a global scale.”

Stormer is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Texas chemical engineering program. He joined Shell about 11 months ago.

Johnna Van Keuren, vice president of Shell operations and HSSE for new energies, said he has been a great asset to the company.

“Every time I meet with him, he overwhelms me with the progress he is making on the campaigns and initiatives he leads within and external to Shell,” she said. “He has brought in his passion for change and his innovative spirit, which inspires me, our coworkers and our community to power progress together.”

Stormer said he would love to use clean energy technology and innovative methods to solve some of the world’s issues.

“I aspire to be a leader of the sustainable energy transition. This could involve serving as an executive within Shell or even as a representative of the United States in the United Nations, but no single role holds the magic potion,” he said. “I hope to work with policymakers, energy companies and communities from across the world to build a network that can power progress together toward a sustainable future.”

To learn more about Dakota Stormer and his work, visit www.dakotastormer.com.

tracy.maness@hcnonline.com

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