Upcoming Seminars & Events
Science and Global Security Seminar Series - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Arne Jungjohann will talk about "Energy Democracy: Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables”
Seminars will be held at 12:30 p.m., normally on Wednesdays during the academic year, at 221 Nassau Street (located at J2 on the campus map) in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. You are welcome to bring your lunch. There is no need to rsvp.
The talk will cover the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. It will discuss how Germans convinced their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies to do so. Individually, citizens might install solar panels on their roofs, but citizen groups can do much more: community wind farms, local heat supply, walkable cities and more. Overall, the talk will offer evidence that the transition to renewables is a one-time opportunity to strengthen communities and democratize the energy sector in Germany and around the world.
Arne Jungjohann is an author, consultant and political scientist. He served as a strategic advisor for the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and in the German parliament. At the Washington DC office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, he fostered the transatlantic dialogue on climate and energy matters. His new book "Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende to Renewables" (www.EnergiewendeBook.de), co-authored with Craig Morris, was published earlier this year.
Biosecurity Seminar Series
No Biosecurity seminars are scheduled for this semester. Lists of past seminars may be found here.