Energy Visions: Making Sense for Energy Efficiency

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ

Energy Visions: Three Compelling Cases for Conservation and Transition to Renewable Energy

Co-sponsored with Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at FDU

To a growing number of people throughout the world, the case for addressing runaway climate change is obvious. Still, the sweeping policies needed to stave off further warming must address fundamental economic realities:

  • Is it possible--and politically feasible--for the U.S. to transition to 100% renewable energy in time to avoid a dangerous climate tipping point?
  • Will a tax on carbon be necessary to reduce carbon emissions? What are the externalities and hidden costs?
  • Doesn't it make huge sense to become energy efficient and cut costs regardless of climate threats?

We asked three nationally-known energy policy experts to share their visions for an energy future that makes economic sense while achieving the carbon reduction goals necessary to ensure a safe and habitable planet.

Prof. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University is well known for his widely acclaimed, state-by-state vision to transition our nation to 100% wind, wave and solar power by the year 2050. Speaking with us by Skype, Prof. Jacobson will explain the rationale and methodology behind his comprehensive energy master plan and detail the realistic, state-specific goals that make economic sense for New Jersey.

Dan Sosland, President of the non-profit Acadia Center, spearheads pragmatic implementation plans to reduce carbon emissions throughout New England. Sosland will outline specific actions that can be taken now and are actually being implemented. Speaking from the perspective of one of the world’s largest users of fuel and energy, the U.S. military,

Capt. Leo Goff, U.S. Navy (Ret.), will illustrate how the military is confronting the impact of climate change in order to streamline logistics, cut fuel costs, improve military readiness and enhance our nation’s security.

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There will have a dynamic Q & A. 

Guns, Safety and Solutions

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ

Hear from Newtown, CT Rabbi Shaul Praver, Everytown's Adam Skaggs, Jersey City Mayor Stephen Fulop and Mom's Demand Action's Mandy Perlmutter          

Prof. Kevin Trenberth

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ

Renowned Climate Scientist - Prof. Kevin Trenberth on Climate Change 

 co-sponsored with The Master’s Program In Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of NJ

Coming to Ramapo College on March 26th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Alumni Lounges (SC 136-138)

In a coordinated, international attempt to manage the unfolding climate crisis, governments from around the world will be coming together in Paris in November 2015 to commit to significant and binding greenhouse gas reductions at the 21st Conference of the Parties, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In the lead up this historic meeting, the work and research of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth has and continues to plays a critical role as governments work through and finalize their plans on this “Road to Paris.”

Climate Change is one of the defining issues of the 21st Century. The 2014, Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores that if the global mean temperatures warm by more than 2° Celsius, risks to ecosystems and livelihoods will surpass tolerable levels. Humans will likely no longer be able to inhabit many previously hospitable regions, and will suffer from increasingly variable and extreme weather conditions, resulting in disastrous consequences which we are already witnessing.

Dr. Trenberth’s research on the link between extreme weather and climate change as well as his observations on possible options for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change, are helping to shape international negotiations and government policy.

A Q&A period will follow Dr. Trenberth’s lecture.

Dr. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  A New Zealander, Dr. Trenberth obtained his doctorate from MIT. Trenberth and has been prominent in most of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of Climate Change. He has also served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways, most recently as Chair of the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges Project.

Dr. Trenberth  is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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