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Sustainability and the Navy

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey

  • Commandant, Naval District Washington

Rear Admiral Lindsey is a native of Phoenix, with 30 years of active service as a Naval Aviator. He has served in a variety of assignments, commanded both at sea and ashore, including his current post as the 89th Commandant of Naval District Washington.

In this talk, Rear Admiral Lindsey...

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Promoting a Carbon Neutral Economy

Friday, November 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hadi Dowlatabadi

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

Join us for an engaging discussion with Hadi Dowlatabadi on the rewards and lessons learned while working with companies and organizations who work toward carbon neutrality.

Dowlatabadi completed his PhD in physics at The University of Cambridge in 1984. He was awarded the Warren Weaver Fellowship in 1989 by The Rockefeller...

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Advancing Algae Fuels and Products in Japan

Monday, October 5, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Makoto M. Watanabe

  • Director, Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES), University of Tsukuba (UT)

Atsumi Kinya

  • Project Director, New Business Promotion Dept., Denso Corporation

Japan has had a long history with algae research and development and the country is continuing to prove itself as a leader in advancing the field to this day. Algae fuels and products have reached new heights with the establishment of the Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES)...

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Can Supply Chains Save the World?

Monday, September 14, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Robin Barr

  • Director, The Forest Trust Americas

International corporations' drive for production and profit are often blamed as the cause of many of the world's environmental and social problems. Could they also be the solution? Over the last 15 years, The Forest Trust (TFT) has been working with international companies on how to use their supply chains to...

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CO2 Capture and Recycle Using Microalgae

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mark Crocker

  • Associate Director, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

Given the potential of microalgae for recycling CO2 into bio-products coupled with the large number of coal-fired power plants in Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has tasked the University of Kentucky with determining the technical and economic feasibility of algae-based carbon capture and utilization in Kentucky. These efforts have led...

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What Can 19th Century Literature Tell Us About Energy?

Friday, April 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Kent Linthicum

  • PhD Candidate, Literature, Department of English, Arizona State University

Energy is the foremost question of the 21st century: is there enough of it? How should we use it? These questions are not unique to us. This talk will focus on how the modern conception of energy started in the 19th century and explore how writers in industrial Britain began...

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This Fissured Democracy: Ritual and resistance over nuclear energy in India

Monday, February 23, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Monamie Bhadra

  • PhD Student, Arizona State University

Nuclear power has long been the object of wide-ranging activism and protest in Western nations. Using the history of anti-nuclear opposition in India from the 1970s to post-Fukushima to explore the role of science in democracy, Bhadra will show why democratization of nuclear power has not followed a similar trajectory...

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SRM Climate Geoengineering and Considerations of Intergenerational Equity

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Wil Burns

  • Co-Director, Forum for Climate Geoengineering Assessment

Due to the feckless response of the global community on climate policymaking, climate geoengineering has emerged as an increasingly viable option among commentators and some policymakers. One of the most widely discussed options is solar radiation management (SRM). While such techniques have the potential to serve as stopgap measures preceding...

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Boulder's Power Revolution -- Keep It Local

Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sam Weaver

  • President, CEO and a Co-founder of Cool Energy, Inc.

Peter Byck

  • Moderator
  • Director and Producer of Carbon Nation™

In this talk, Sam Weaver will discuss how municipalization, or a radically re-structured relationship with its private monopoly supplier, would allow Boulder, CO to meet its Energy Future goals through important drivers like integration of clean fuel sources, increased local business development, more democratic local control and sustainable competitive rates...

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