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IonE Seminar Series – The World Cannot Wait: Innovation for the Energy Transition

October 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Institute on the Environment is thrilled to announce a brand new Fall 2018 Speaker Series titled “Making Change: Organizations and Sustainability”.


Our first talk on Wednesday, October 10th at 4 p.m. will feature Deb Frodl, Former Global Executive Director, GE Ecomagination, presenting on
“The World Cannot Wait: Innovation for the Energy Transition”. This hour long talk with Q&A will take place in the Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg’s Room R-380. Deb’s presentation will discuss the drivers of the energy transition and the need for continued and disruptive innovation, and share how corporate strategies such as GE’s Ecomagination can help accelerate positive impact.


Deb Frodl, Former Global Executive Director, GE Ecomagination, currently serves on the Board of Directors, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI), the largest North American producer of biodiesel and renewable diesel. Prior to this, she rose through the ranks of General Electric (GE), serving a variety of roles. Most recently Deb was a top senior executive, leading their Ecomagination business strategy globally.

Livestream is available here.


The Series Context:

With the private sector producing more than 60% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and the largest corporations generating over $2 trillion in annual ‘externalities’ to society in the form of emissions, freshwater use, pol­lution, waste and land-use change, new sustainability-centric organizational models will likely need to dominate production and consumption systems within the decade.

To provide the IonE Community (students, researchers, faculty and staff) some insight into how organizations are thinking and acting in this direction, we present a new Fall 2018 speaker series “Making Change: Organizations and Sustainability”. This series offers students and scholars an opportunity to interact with leading corporate and organizational leaders actively pursuing sustainable transitions in the areas of energy, water, food, materials and communication. Please join us in exploring the major trends, catalysts and barriers affecting some of the most influential regional, national and global organizations’ sustainability efforts.


October 10, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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