2010 Past Events
The following events were sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute on the Environment.
Report from the UN Climate Talks (COP 16) in Mexico
(12/9) A delegation of seventeen University of Minnesota students and faculty traveled to the first week (Nov. 29-Dec. 4) of the United Nations climate change negotiations in Mexico. On December 9 the Institute on the Environment hosted a public forum where the students will shared their first-hand impressions of the ongoing international meeting. View presentations.
E3 2010 Conference and Wind Energy Workshop
(11/30 -12/1) E3 2010, the Midwest's premier renewable energy conference, drew more than 650 researchers, business leaders, policymakers, and others to Saint Paul RiverCentre Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to share updates and ideas on leading-edge energy innovations. View event details, abstracts and presentations.
Extreme Heat in Cities: Notes From the Front Lines of Climate Change
(10/8) Brian Stone, Georgia Institute of Technology, discussed warming trends in U.S. cities and strategies for managing climate change in urban environments. Watch now.
Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention
(9/14-9/16) The IonE, with funding from its signature program, the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, hosted the fifth of five continental conventions of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) Project. The GSB Project is a collaborative effort involving universities and institutes from around the world. Roger Thurow, author of the book ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest Starve in the Age of Plenty, provided a special keynote presentation for the convention. Event website and presentations
Rebuilding the Aquatic Species Program at NREL
(7/7) Philip Pienkos, Principal Research Supervisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, visited and presented this guest lecture focused on NREL's current efforts to rebuild an integrated algal biofuels program (which was terminated in 1996 but restarted in 2006). The presentation spotlighted recent data from projects begun in the last three years. Watch now.
Great Conversations: Larry Brilliant with Jonathan Foley
(6/15) Larry Brilliant, an American physician, epidemiologist, author and philanthropist, joined IonE's Jon Foley for the June 2010 installment of Great Conversations. From 1976 to 1979, Dr. Brilliant participated in the successful W.H.O. smallpox eradication program and, in 2005, was awarded the TED Prize for this important work. In April 2009, he was chosen to oversee the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, established by eBay founder Jeff Skoll. The "great conversation" between Dr. Brilliant and Dr. Foley touched on topics ranging from global health and the environment to art and social change.
The Business of Smart Grid: Benefits for Minnesota's Companies and Workforce
(6/9) This day-long conference was presented by the Minnesota Trade Office and the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment. Featured speakers were Mary Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Steve Hauser, Vice President of the Grid Integration Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratories. The event also featured panel discussions focused on technology standards, domestic and international opportunities, and job growth from the Smart Grid initiatives.
Event recap and presentations
Climate Change and Health: Looming Clouds with Silver Linings
(4/9) Dr. Jonathan Patz's presentation focused on climate change, energy systems and their impacts on human health. Dr. Patz is a professor of environmental studies and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. View presentation