Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy
7:30 p.m., Monday, November 26
Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, Room 336, Duns Scotus Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Bill Nowak, Sierra Club Energy Committee member, Author of Clean Energy –FIT Report
· Dave Hahn Baker, Environmental and Political Consultant
· Ellen Banks, Professor, Psychology, Daemen College
· Sarah Carpenter, Sustainability Major, Daemen College
· Walter Simpson, energy educator, Daemen College Instructor (www.energyreallymatters.com)
Scientists have been telling us that global warming is likely to result in increasingly devastating extreme weather events as we continue to burn fossil fuels and add more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Superstorm Sandy is a horrific example of the type of extreme weather that is in store for us. But how can we respond effectively and achieve a clean energy economy with all due speed? While renewable energy resources like wind and solar are said to be our future, the deployment of these technologies has been painfully slow despite existing government programs and incentives. This public discussion will examine how a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) could speed up the transition from fossil fuels to renewables within a timeframe consistent with addressing climate change and providing needed green jobs. In the last three years a Clean Energy FIT program has created more than 22,000 green jobs in Ontario! Why not in New York?!
This panel discussion is presented as part of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Issues course in Daemen’s Global & Sustainability program. For information on this exciting new major and minor, visit http://www.daemen.edu/sustainability. For more information about the panel discussion, firstname.lastname@example.org or 839-0062.