2008 Past Events

The following events were sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute on the Environment.

E3 2008: The Midwest's Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference

(11/18) More than 700 participants attended E3 2008, hosted annually by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Due to strong audience engagement, the commitment from our speakers, and the generous support from our sponsors and exhibitors, we raised more than $25,000 for scholarships supporting University of Minnesota students pursuing energy and environmental careers. View recap

IREE Algae Summit

(10/16) The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment held a one-day technology assessment and review as a means to assess whether the Upper Midwest can be a global leader in algal science, business and partnerships. Scientists, technology practitioners and government officials from across the region and the country attended this event. View recap

Biofuels Production and the Environment

(5/6) While renewable biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel offer potential benefits to the environment, recent studies have called those benefits into question. As part of an Environment Roundtable, Stephen Polasky and Michael Wang examined the current debates over life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, water use, local air quality and other environmental impacts of producing and consuming biofuels and fossil fuels for transportation. View presentation

Challenges of Climate & Land Use and Land Cover Change Modeling at a Regional Scale

(4/24) Much of the interest in and concern about climate change derives from the results of Global Climate Models. But the impacts of climate change differ from region to region, sometimes leading to discussions of “winners” and “losers.” Land use and land cover change drive the climate regime, especially at regional and local levels. This Environment Roundtable focused on a topic of particular interest to policymakers and planners: the integration of climate modeling and LULCC modeling at spatial and temporal scales. View presentation

Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change

(3/13) Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, scientists predict major effects on nature and society due to past emissions. What adaptation strategies are needed to reduce negative impacts to our natural resources, infrastructure and quality of life? As part of an Environment Roundtable, Princeton ecologist Stephen Pacala and Institute on the Environment founding fellow Anne Kapuscinski discussed the science and policy of climate change adaptation. View presentation

Savannas Forever: the Intersection of Lion Conservation and Public Health in Tanzania

(2/8) As part of an Environment Roundtable, ecologist Craig Packer and economist Paul Glewwe explored the challenges of conserving natural resources while improving public health and reducing poverty in rural East Africa. Co-founder of Savannas Forever, Packer is an authority on lion behavior and ecology. Glewwe directs the University of Minnesota’s Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy. The two experts discussed how poverty, malnutrition and disease have led to the unsustainable consumption of Tanzania’s natural resources, putting pressure on the country’s keystone predator: the lion. View presentation


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