President's Sustainability Symposium: Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems

Friday, October 23 2009 at 8:30 AM


The theme of this year’s symposium is Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems with a focus on electricity, including issues with generation, transmission and utilization in a carbon-constrained economy. Expert panelists in technology and policy will discuss strategies that allow for continued growth in electric demand while minimizing the potential climatic impact of this growth. Additionally, in order to help better understand the trade-offs and limitations of technologies and policies to simultaneously provide increased electricity and reduce carbon emissions, there will be a facilitated session of the Princeton Wedge Game. This innovative teaching tool challenges teams composed of symposium participants to choose among available technologies that could be scaled up to reduce carbon emissions by 7 billion tons per year over the next 50 years. The task is made more challenging (and realistic) by the need to balance costs, politics and public perception.

The symposium's second and final day concludes on Friday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Shiloh Inn in Idaho Falls. More information is available online: www.uidaho.edu/sustainabilitysymposium.aspx.