Thursday Plenary: The Climate Crisis, Extreme Weather …

Theme:?The Climate Crisis, Extreme Weather & Renewables: Mitigation and Beyond

Day and Time: Thursday, April 18th: 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Come Join us for Thursday?s plenary session at SOLAR2013 and have the honor of listening to distinguished speakers Bill McKibben,?Jochen Flasbarth,?Alice LeBlanc, and?Patricia Hoffman!

Portrait of Bill McKibben, author and activist. photo ?Nancie BattagliaCreating movements around Fossil Fuel Divestment
Bill McKibben: President and Co-Founder of

Bill will be speaking from?10:30 AM-12:00 PM. He is a well known environmental author and activist, and the c0-founder, an international climate change campaign.?When he?s not busy organizing,?Bill?is an active writer on the climate crisis and other environmental issues.?In late summer 2006, Bill helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming that some newspaper accounts called the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change.

Photo Credit: Marcus Gloger

Photo Credit: Marcus Gloger

Germany & The Atlantic Climate Bridge
Jochen Flasbarth: President of the German Federal Environmental Agency

Jochen will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.?Flasbarth has led Germany?s largest national environmental authority since September 2009.??His last post was as head of the Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Directorate at the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU). Prior to that he served as director of the NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) for eleven years, an association which he modernized.

Alice Le Blanc photoThe Financial Threat of the Climate Crisis
Alice LeBlanc: Former Director, Office of Environment and Climate Change ? AIG

Alice will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.?LeBlanc is an economist and an independent consultant who has worked for the past twenty years to promote market mechanisms as tools to address climate change and sustainable development.

Patricia Hoffman picHaving it All: Renewables, Reliability & The Grid
Patricia Hoffman:?Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability ? US DOE

Patricia will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.?Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. She directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration.



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