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Sustainability Student Workshop:
Strategic Thinking for Systemic Change

Hadi Dowlatabadi

  • Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics and Integrated Assessment of Global Change, Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Transport accounts for as much as 40% of GHG emissions from advanced economies. Biofuels could be a potential partial solution to reducing emissions. IF their lifecycle environmental impacts are low; and IF they are compatible with producer interests; and IF they are certified as a safe alternative by the auto industry and endorsed by NGOs; and IF consumers can be persuaded to buy it; and IF policy makers enact supportive policies; THEN the market may finance the enterprise.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, students will examine the expected and unexpected challenges of creating change in the transportation fuel market from the perspective of a new entrant focused on producing biofuels with low environmental impacts. Hadi Dowlatabadi, co-founder of the Canadian Bioenergy Corporation, will lead the workshop. He was instrumental in attempting to create a market for biofuels from biomass waste in Canada. In 2005, he cofounded the nonprofit Offsetters Climate Neutral Society and the Canadian BioEnergy Corporation; in 2007, Rapid Electric Vehicles; in 2008, Green-Erg Technologies; and, in 2012 HydroRun Technologies.

This workshop is limited to 30 students, so please RSVP soon so reserve a spot.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.