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Symposium seeks strategies for greener energy sources

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/28/07 • Rebecca Bailey • (603) 646-3661

Lisa Margonelli
Keynote speaker Lisa Margonelli, courtesy of New America Foundation

A symposium Oct. 11 and 12 at Dartmouth College will look at how engineers, educators, business people, and policy makers can work together to make clean, renewable forms of energy a reality.

The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to register in advance in order to ensure a place. Registration forms and the complete symposium schedule are on line or by calling 603-646-2674. The event is being sponsored by Thayer School of Engineering in collaboration with the Tuck School of Business, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth's Rockefeller Center, and the Environmental Studies Program.

Lee Lynd, Thayer School of Engineering professor and chair of the symposium's organizing committee, said he hopes the sessions will fill up with students, faculty and community members. "I hope the event will leave those who attend with a better appreciation for how important and pervasive energy-related challenges are, and with some hope that people from a variety of organizations and backgrounds are recognizing this and trying to do something about it."

The symposium begins with a keynote speech by Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline, which was the summer reading selection for the incoming Class of 2011, on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Cook Auditorium of the Murdough Center.

The event continues Friday, Oct. 12, in Spanos Auditorium of Cummings Hall, starting at 8:30 a.m. with panel discussions and speeches through the day addressing energy issues as they relate to the environment, science and technology, policy and government, and business. Panelists and speakers will include educators, business people, and policy experts from Dartmouth, northern New England, and elsewhere in the nation, among them former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD); Jason Grumet, director of the National Commission on Energy Policy; and Dan Reicher, director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives for Google.org.

The symposium concludes with a panel discussion and workshop at 6 p.m., also in Spanos, addressing the opportunities and responsibilities of Dartmouth in the energy sphere.

Lynd said he hopes attendees will keep in mind that individuals still need to do all they can to converse energy-no matter how green the energy sources. "I hope [attendees] are left with an understanding that all of us make choices that determine whether we, collectively, do or do not respond to the challenges we face. It is really difficult and maybe impossible to solve the world's energy problems without a behavioral component, especially if we are planning for a world that doesn't have a majority of its population living in poverty."

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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