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Wisconsin Energy Institute

2014 Energy Summit

Global Energy Outlook on October 29, 2014

Meeting Needs for Future Cities and Communities

When: October 29, 2014, 8:30AM-5PM followed by a reception

Where: Discovery Building and Union South, University of Wisconsin-Madison

How much: $40 (before October 1) and $15 for students (includes coffee, snacks and lunch)

In the 21st century, cities will account for 90 percent of global population growth, 80 percent of CO2 emissions, and 75 percent of global use of energy, water and food. For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s human population resides in cities. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 this number will grow to almost three-quarters of the world’s population. While global population approaches ten billion, large urban areas are becoming megacities. People are moving to cities to find employment, education, health care, arts and music and higher standards of living. Energy, water and food supply, demand, use and impacts are at the core of this growing trend.

Since 2008, UW-Madison has hosted an annual Summit aimed at engaging members of the public by highlighting energy, industry, policy and technology developments on campus and throughout the state. In five years, attendance has grown from approximately 75 to more than 400. In 2014, we will strengthen UW-Madison’s commitment to energy leadership by taking a global perspective on energy for future communities.

The 2014 Energy Summit will bring international stakeholders to UW-Madison for a robust discussion of pressing technical and policy-related energy issues facing the world. With a focus on addressing energy challenges and demands associated with urbanization and the growing population, the program will unite prominent industry leaders, researchers, policymakers and students. Attendees will connect with UW-Madison resources, network with one another and share perspectives on the future of energy.

Register now to receive our early-bird special, $50 $40 ($15 for students)!

Featured Panel: Perspectives on Future Cities

  • Mayor Paul Soglin, City of Madison, Wisconsin
  • Stephen Halloway, Director, Center for Comparative Legislative Management
  • Franziska Breyer, Environmental Director, City of Freiburg, Germany 

Topics and Speakers:

Water-Energy Nexus and Sustainable Supply

  • Moderator: Paul Block, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vladimir Novotny, Director Emeritus, Center for Urban Environmental Studies, Northeastern University
  • Miriam Balaban, Secretary General, European Desalination Society; Editor in Chief, Desalination and Water Treatment Journal
  • Tom Veselka, Energy Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Sustainable Energy for Global Cities

  • Moderator: Michael Corradini, Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute; Professor, Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Frank Carre, Scientific Director, Nuclear Energy Division at the French Commission for Atomic and Alternative Energies
  • Harold Ray, Member - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Bob Lasseter, Emeritus Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Energy Planning and Policy Issues

  • Moderator: Gregory Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commision
  • Phil Montgomery, Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law LLC

Energy, Air, Healthy Cities

  • Moderator: Jamie Schauer, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pat Kinney, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Director, Columbia Climate and Health Program
  • Jeffrey Jaeckles, Director, Safety and Environmental Affairs, Madison Gas and Electric
  • Mark Werner, Section Chief, Health Hazard Evaluation, DHS Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Kristen Malecki, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ted Russell, Howard T. Tellepsen Chair Professor, Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Managing Weather and Climate Risks to Urban Electricity

  • Moderator: Tracey Holloway, Professor of Environmental Studies, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jonathan Martin, Professor, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Manda Adams, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • James Irwin, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Energy-Efficient Urban Transportation Planning

  • Moderator: Craig Benson, Geological Engineering Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair, Director for Sustainability Research and Education, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Greene, Faculty Research Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Senior Fellow, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Connie Li, President, TranSmart Technologies, Inc.
  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy (UC Davis); Commissioner, Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy (Washington, D.C.)

Register for this great opportunity to ensure your place in this important discussion!

Thank you to all of this year's sponsors, without you this event would not be possible:

UW International Studies Office of Sustainability Nelson Institute


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