Apr. 19, 2012

Regenerative Energy Symposium 4/21

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The Geneseo Environmental Organization (GEO) is sponsoring a Regenerative Energy Symposion on Saturday, April 21.  The event is free and open to the public.

Morning Session - Wadsworth Auditorium

8:00-9:30 AM: Registration
Coffee, tea and light pastries will be available

8:30 - 9:30 AM: Jordan Kleiman: - Fracking: What it is, Where it came from, and Why we Should be Concerned
Dr. Kleiman will give a brief history of hydrofracking, debunk its industry promoted truths, discuss its environmental and public health impacts, regulation & a brief history of federal exemptions for its industries - placing regulatory responsibility on the states. He also may discuss the economic impacts of hydrofracking. Dr. Kleiman is one of our very own history professors at SUNY Geneseo.

10:30 - 11:30 AM: Peter Bardaglio - Community Engagement in the Age of Climate Change
Dr. Bardaglio will discuss how higher education can partner with the community to take a stand for renewable/regenerative energy. Peter Bardaglio is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability in higher education. Co‐author of Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change (2009), he is the coordinator of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, a multisector effort in the Ithaca, NY area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

11:30 AM -12:30 PM: Lunch 
Sponsored by CAS

Afternoon Session - Welles 24 and 26

12:30 - 1:30 PM: Martin Casstevens - Entrepreneurship as it Applies to Solving Energy or Sustainability Challenges
Mr. Casstevens is the Business Formation and Commercialization Manager at the University of Buffalo. He also has been and is the director of Directed Energy, a NYSERDA funded organization facilitating the emergence and growth of an alternative energy technology and business cluster in Western NY. His talk is focused on empowering students to innovate and build careers within the green energy market.

1:30 - 2:30 PM: John McCreery - Passive Housing; How to Bring Sustainability Home
Mr. McCreary, the founder of What Art, will be speaking about Passive House (PH) Institute US metrics and design methodology. PH metrics are redefining building energy consumption performance standards the world over and offer an alternative strategy to our dependence on fossil fuel generated electrical power for building heating and cooling. He will show the potential impact of adopting PH metrics on our fuel use. As such a large population, homeowners have an incredibly large carbon footprint; this can be decreased greatly if the homeowners of America implement such practices.