Environmental Science, Policy & Engineering Program

2018 Winter Seminar Series

A sneak peek at a clean energy future

Most of us, when we hear about emissions targets (“50% renewable by 2030”), accept that fossil fuels will be with us in some form forever. Yet, if we are to stave off the worst consequences of climate change, we will have to move faster. Today, while US Federal action on climate change seems impossible, the fact is that advances in technology and markets are moving things faster than most would have predicted even 10 years ago. We will explore these changes and consider what it will take to decarbonize our energy system along the lines necessary to meet the emissions targets that scientists recommend.

Thursday, January 25

How will Federal and State legislatures guide our clean energy future? A discussion with U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany), moderated by former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, the recipient of nearly a dozen other journalism awards.

Wednesday, February 7

How is New York building a clean energy future? Alicia Barton, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency

Postponed due to snow storm

Wednesday, February 21

How does our clean energy future look to an industry leader? Dr. Danielle Merfeld, vice president at General Electric and chief technology officer for GE’s renewable energy division