Clean Energy: Past, present & future

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) will host a panel discussion on renewable energy from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23,at Avogadro’s Number. Wind Energy Generators For the second year in a row, the largest source of new power added to the United States' electrical grids has come from renewable sources due to technological advances, favorable legislation, and reduced cost. Recent trends suggest that the U.S., along with many other nations, is transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy sources. The largest growth came from wind farms as developers took advantage of federal tax credits due to expire at the end of 2016. A panel of CSU experts will discuss the technological, economic, and political aspects of clean energy. Topics will include various sources of clean energy, its cost effectiveness, efficiencies, possibilities for advancement, and more. Panelists include: • Bryan Willson, Department of Mechanical Engineering and director, CSU Energy Institute • Sandra Davis, Department of Political Science • Terrence Iverson, Department of Economics • Courtney Jahn, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management The discussion will be moderated by Gene Kelly, assistant director for Research and Development at SoGES, professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and interim CEO for NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network. The panel discussion—part of a Managing the Planet series—is free of charge and open to the public.

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Fort Collins, CSU host climate action open house Dec. 14

geese on a lakeThe City of Fort Collins and CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host an open house on the City's 2020 Climate Action Plan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 at Galvanize, 242 Linden St. SoGES Director and CSU Professor Diana Wall and Brian Dunbar, executive director of the Institute for the Built Environment, will set the stage with brief remarks on sustainable cities followed by the open house. Wall’s talk will relate climate change in Antarctica to what’s happening in Colorado and Dunbar will talk about best practices among sustainable cities. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on strategies identified to date and brainstorm with City staff on additional opportunities to meet the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Learn more about the Climate Action Plan on the city's website.

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