Meeting Iowa's Renewable Energy Challenge

Meeting Renewable Energy Symposium

Renewable Energy Symposium

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Public Policy Center is hosting several events centered on the theme of “Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge”.  Please mark your calendar to join us for any or all of the events, which include:

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 until 9 p.m.
Film Screening – Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library

In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future.  Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases, and features among others: Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben, Dr. James Hansen, Myron Ebell, Don Blankenship, Joe Lovett, Maria Gunnoe, Dr. Vaclav Smil and Dr. Julio Friedmann.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2 until  5 p.m.
Student Energy Expo
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

The Student Energy Expo will include a job fair, student poster session, additional showings of Dirty Business, and the EPSCoR Imagine Energy Traveler.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 until 9 p.m.
Debate- Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Mark Jacobson (Stanford University) and Robert Bryce (The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research), along with members of the University of Iowa Student Debate Team, will debate the resolution, Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge Symposium
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

This symposium takes a broad look at the scientific challenges and policy issues surrounding renewable energy, with special reference to Iowa and the Midwest.  Should the government support a shift from nonrenewable to renewable sources of energy?  Will shifting toward renewables decrease the pace of climate change or make us more energy secure? What are the technical barriers to rapidly increasing our reliance on renewable energy?  What policy changes are necessary or desirable in order to promote renewable energy growth?  Topics covered will include infrastructure development (e.g. wind farms; transmission lines), biofuels, emerging environmental problems, and distributed energy policy.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 until 9 p.m.
James Hansen Lecture
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia  University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr.  Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at 319-335-6817 or

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