Sustainable Energy Future
This lecture series focuses on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss the technological, political and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels to a more sustainable system of energy.
All lectures are free and open to the community. Light refreshments provided. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted.
"Historical Context of Energy Resources, Energy Demand and the Need for Alternatives"
Dr. Lynne Heasley, history, environmental and sustainability studies
"What’s at Risk? 2° vs. 4° Warming"
Dr. Dave Karowe, biological sciences
"Solar Energy Technologies: Potential and Progress"
Dr. Ramakrishna Guda, chemistry
"Wind Energy Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges"
Dr. Maarten Vonhof, biological sciences, environmental and sustainability studies
"Role of Biomass for Sustainable Future Energy"
Dr. John Miller, chemistry
"Why is There Still LEAD in Aviation Fuel?"
Terry Michmerhuizen, aviation sciences
Late start: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
"Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy for Sustainability"
Dr. Bade Shrestha, mechanical and aerospace engineering
"Are Renewables the Right Alternative? A Critique of Alternative Energy"
Dr. Brian Petersen, environmental and sustainability studies
"Politics of Energy"
Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan LCV
Sarah Mullkoff, Michigan Environmental Council
Dr. Sime Curkovic, management
April 2 (Thursday)
Evening lecture: 7 to 8 p.m.
"Clean Energy Economic Opportunities and Employment Prospects"
Dave Hurst, NextEnergy
"Energy Policies: Cap and Trade, Carbon Taxes"
Dr. Chris Moser, economics