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Energy planning and policymaking require careful balancing of multiple objectives, such as economic growth, social impact, and environmental sustainability. But fossil-fuel based energy is a leading cause of climate change as well. How can these varied concerns be addressed? What trends of energy production and consumption can we expect in the future? What will be the socio-economic impacts of transition towards low-carbon systems?
To discuss these questions and many more, energy modelers from all over the world gathered at the University of Maryland campus for the 36th edition of the International Energy Workshop. The IEW is the one of the world’s leading conferences for the energy modeling research community.
April 22, 2017 marked 47 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated across the United States. In the decades since, Earth Day has transformed into a widely-embraced annual event, observed by over one billion people globally.
The Center for Global Sustainability hosted a panel in Stamp Student Union on April 20 that attempted to understand what it will take to achieve continued and meaningful progress toward sustainable development, given the current political reality. The Environmental, International Development, and International Security and Economic Policy Councils at the School of Public Policy cosponsored the event.
Distinguished University of Maryland physics professor Ellen Williams presented a Global Sustainability Forum on April 25 discussing her ARPA-E concerning the interface between policy and technology.
The Center for Global Sustainability co-sponsored a career practitioner panel with the School of Public Policy Environmental Council and the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations on April 11 in order to provide an opportunity for professionals to share their experiences with undergraduate and graduate students.
The panel included Cara Marcy, Renewable Electricity Analyst with the U.S. Energy Information Administration; James McGarry, Maryland and D.C. Policy Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and Andrew Reighart, an economist with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Director Nate Hultman considers the impact of the Trump Administration's executive order on U.S. climate action in Brookings' PlanetPolicy.
On March 9, Kavita Surana presented on "Governments as Partners: The Role of Collaboration in Cleantech Startup Innovation" at a Global Sustainability Forum.
During her presentation, Surana described the findings from her paper that she coauthored with Claudia Doblinger and Laura Diaz Anadon, which has yet to be published.