The  Shale Gas Knowledge Hub is a project undertaken by the Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management with the generous funding and support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The mission of the Knowledge Hub is to be a source of reliable, impartial information about shale gas development in Pennsylvania.

The Richard King Mellon Foundation invests in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection and restoration of America’s environmental heritage. Its current giving priorities are regional economic development and conservation, along with education and human services and nonprofit capacity building.

The Knowledge Hub works to:

  • Identify critical and emerging issues pertaining to shale gas development in Pennsylvania, particularly in the southwestern region
  • Aggregate, analyze, and summarize data, information, and research related to shale gas development
  • Disseminate knowledge about shale gas development to members of the general public
  • Conduct training and outreach activities for local government officials and the public on issues related to shale resource development in their communities.

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About Our Partners

The W&J Center for Energy Policy and Management has two partners in the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub. Our first partner is the Environmental Law Institute, a non-partisan policy and research institute located in Washington, D.C., which is dedicated to healthy environments, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities.

The second partner is the Pittsburgh-based Local Government Academy, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, which supports a strong and responsive local government by developing local leaders, educating public employees and the public, and promoting collaboration.


Corey_YoungCorey Young
MCRP, Clemson University

Corey Young is the Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) at Washington and Jefferson College. The CEPM is the host organization of the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub. Before coming to the CEPM, Mr. Young served as an urban planner in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There, he collaborated with municipal officials to establish comprehensive and long-range plans for growth and development, promoted transit-oriented economic development, and improved mobility by broadening transportation options. Through his work as a graduate student at Clemson and a planner in Texas, Mr. Young became interested in energy and energy policy. More specifically, he became interested in the connections between urban planning and energy production, transmission, and consumption. Mr. Young earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University in 2013 and is an active member of the American Planning Association.

IMG_20160623_134302009-4Amanda Loutitt
MPA, University of Pittsburgh
Shale Gas Program Coordinator

Ms. Loutitt is the Shale Gas Program Coordinator for the CEPM’s Shale Gas Knowledge Hub. Prior to joining the CEPM, Ms. Loutitt served as the Borough Manager of Heidelberg Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Ms. Loutitt worked with officials at the local, county, and regional levels on environmental compliance issues. At the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ms. Loutitt studied Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy and Research Analysis.

Max Clark
MA Public Affairs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Research Support Specialist 

Mr. Clark is the Research Support Specialist for the CEPM. Among his responsibilities is the creation of content and maintenance of the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub website, as well as the weekly SGKH newsletter. Mr. Clark is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s MA in Public Affairs program where he studied Public Administration and International Development. His research interest within the CEPM is centered on the sustainability of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins.

ruchir-gupta-2Ruchir Gupta
Student Research Fellow

Ruchir Gupta is originally from Grand Rapids, MI where he graduated from Forest Hills Central High School. He is now a freshman at Washington & Jefferson College in the Medical Scholar program. His major is currently undecided. After graduating he plans to attend the Lewis Katz School of Medicine to pursue his goal of becoming a physician.

Aprem Zaya
Student Research Fellow

Aprem Zaya is a senior Biochemistry major at Washington & Jefferson College. His area of interest is Cell and Molecular Biology, specifically Cancer Biology. His goal is to attend graduate school for Biomedical Sciences and focus on cancer research. His work with the Center is summarizing new scientific research articles and synthesizing reports related to shale gas development and public health for the weekly newsletter. On campus, he serves as a Resident Assistant for upperclassmen students and is involved with the International Office.

Jay Dang
Student Research Fellow

Jason LePage is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies, with a minor Psychology with a concentration in Interfaith Leadership Studies. He loves researching sustainable ways of life and submersing himself in nature. He is the Vice President of the ActiveMinds Chapter at W&J. Outside of the Center, he is a Student Hub staff member at the Campus Activity Hub. I seek to inform others of the truths of scientific research and provide a forum for educated conversations about the environment, mental health, and life.

Jay Dang
Student Research Fellow

Jay Dang is an international student from Vietnam. He graduated from Thornton Academy in Saco, MA. He is currently a Junior with an Accounting Major at Washington & Jefferson College. Jay is looking forward to graduate with 150 credits hour to be eligible for CPA cere. He is willing to travel and learn new things, hoping to gain more knowledge about energy and power when joining the theCEPM. His future goal is to work for a “Big Four” accounting firm and eventually starting his own company.

Lindsey Barnhart 
Student Research Fellow

Lindsey Barnhart is a junior Environmental Studies and Spanish double major at Washington & Jefferson College. Originally from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, she came to W&J to study energy policy and sustainability. Lindsey works on the Living Energy Lab funded by the West Penn Power Sustainability Fund, a tour that focuses on the ways Washington & Jefferson College conserves energy and promotes sustainability.

Shane Burkhart
Student Research Fellow

Shane Burkhart is a Senior at Washington and Jefferson College. From Pittsburgh, PA, Bur hart studies Economics at W&J, with interest in microeconomic subsets. Academically, Burkhart has observed proxies for economic development in relation to health at the United States country level. At the CEPM, Burkhart works to assess utility consumption on W&J’s campus. While researching energy assessment and management methods used in commercial buildings, primarily those pertaining to other post-secondary campuses.


Timothy Yeung
Student Research Fellow

Timothy Yeung is a senior Biochemistry major in the Medical Scholars Program with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He was the founder and president of the W&J Biology Club, president of the W&J Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), and treasurer of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. He has been working with school and public officials on creating a student-run campus emergency medical services quick response team named W&JEMS, and he has helped organize emergency medical technician (EMT) and emergency medical responder (EMR) classes on campus. At the CEPM, Tim focuses on the relationship between the environment, energy, and health.

Eun Ju Jong
Student Research Fellow

Eun Ju Jong is originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea. She is currently a junior at Washington and Jefferson College. She majors in Computer Information Studies with an emphasis on Computer Science, Economics with an emphasis on Economic Development, and Psychology. After graduation, she is planning to attend a graduate school to pursue her career as an Information Technology Professional.