A Musical Tribute to Pete Seeger

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ

Most of you grew up loving  Pete's great songs and loved joining him in singing along. Our January program hopes to bring you the best of Pete Seeger and a rousing sing along. Cynthia Summers who performed in the 2014 tribute will be back by popular demand and we're recruiting terrific musicians.

Energy Visions: Making Sense for Energy Efficiency

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

Energy Visions: Making Sense for  Energy Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness in the USA/China Era. Co-sponsored with Institute for Sustainable Enterprise.

Doesn't it make huge sense to become energy efficient and cut costs regardless of climate change? Aren't there many reasons for becoming energy efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels?

How practical or idealistic should our energy visions be? What can we accomplish now? What are the future goals and potential and how can we achieve them?  Prof. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University is well known for his grand vision  and Dan Sosland, President of Acadia Center has been spearheading pragmatic implementation of plans throughout New England that reduces carbon emissions. Let's find out what we can do now while continu9ng to move forward.

Sometimes the cost is just in economic terms: dollars, but there are many other metrics.  Many of you favor a carbon tax but If there were a carbon tax, how do the  economics change. What are the externalities and hidden costs? Let's find out.

The military are huge users of fuel and energy, and it is in their best interests to reduce that as much as possible to cut down on logistics.   What good is a huge hulking heavy tank that gets 1 mile to every 10 gallons if it doesn't have a huge gas tank or a tanker nearby?  They have huge incentives to get better gas mileage in everything from planes to ships to tanks and vehicles to cut down on long supply lines and costs.   They are increasingly carrying solar panels to provide an instant source of power. And so they are trying to do quite a bit, but while part of this is driven by climate change it is obviously in their best interests for entirely other reasons, and there are good prospects that they may develop new technologies as a result. Let's learn about this from Capt. Leo Goff. What is the military vision and what are they doing?



Professor Jonathan Haidt, who spoke Sept. 18, 2014 at North Jersey Public Policy Network.


Rootstrikers Professor Lawrence Lessig, a regular at NJPPN, TED Talk Remix by Jordan Harrison