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Energy Justice: CHAP Health & Climate Justice Lecture Series
June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
When we think of climate change, a typical image that comes to mind is thick black smoke from the chimneys of a coal plant. Today, most of us recognize that we need to move beyond the individual solution of “changing a lightbulb” and address climate change at a systemic level- especially when it comes to our electrical grid.
As health professionals, it is not uncommon for us to encounter patients suffering impacts of energy insecurity. We often see patients suffer an asthma attack on a hot summer day due to the lack of air conditioning. Some of our patients have to choose between paying their utility bills or purchasing medications. At the same time, we learn, teach, and practice medicine in buildings that are air-conditioned and lit 24 x 7 whether or not they are occupied, raising questions of energy conservation, distribution, and justice.
Join community and University leaders working at the intersections of climate change and energy justice in a discussion on June 23, and learn how you can get involved. Our webinar panel will include Shane Stennes, the director of sustainability at the University of Minnesota, who will discuss the University’s plan towards net-zero emissions in keeping with the IPCC recommendations, Robert Blake from Solar Bear, who will be sharing about energy independence as the CEO of the only Native American owned solar installation company in the state of Minnesota, and Carmen Carruthers from CUB Minnesota and will be speaking about the electrical grid and what role consumers play in energy justice. Lindsay Otte, a nurse practitioner in the division of hospital medicine, will be moderating this panel.