Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy

 

"Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge" Series of Events

Various Dates, Times and Venues - see schedule of events
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 7:00 PM to Thursday, October 16th, 2014 9:00 PM
Solar Panel and Wind Turbines

This symposium takes a broad look at the scientific challenges and policy issues surrounding renewable energy, with special reference to Iowa and the Midwest.  Should the government support a shift from nonrenewable to renewable sources of energy?  Will shifting toward renewables decrease the pace of climate change or make us more energy secure? What are the technical barriers to rapidly increasing our reliance on renewable energy?  What policy changes are necessary or desirable in order to promote renewable energy growth?  Topics covered will include infrastructure development (e.g. wind farms; transmission lines), biofuels, emerging environmental problems, and distributed energy policy.

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library
Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future 

A screening of the documentary, Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future will be held at Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library as a kickoff to the following week's activities.

October 15, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, and 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Student Energy Expo and Free Public Debate

A Student Energy Expo (October 15), will offer opportunities for students to learn and share information about their own research related to renewable energy and related topics.  That evening, Mark Jacobson, Robert Bryce, and members of the UI Student Debate Team will debate the possibility of 100% renewable energy by 2030. (More details on 'Program' tab below)

October 16, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge Symposium and Free Public Lecture

This symposium takes a broad look at the scientific challenges and policy issues surrounding renewable energy, with special reference to Iowa and the Midwest.  That evening, James Hansen will present a public lecture on global climate policies.  (More details on 'Program' tab below)

See full program details below, and please check back for more information as plans develop and speakers are confirmed.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.