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Upton Week Public Events, November 4-7, 2014


What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say About Climate Change?
Robert N. Stavins, 2014 Upton Scholar
Friday, 11/7, Science Center Atrium, 7-8:30 p.m.
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(Reception following address)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, 11/4, 7 p.m., Richardson Auditorium.
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This panel explores opportunities for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings. Panelists are:

  • John Norquist, Mayor of Milwaukee, 1998–2004; President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2004--2014; author of The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life.
  • Mark Hanson, Sustainability Director, Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction, Inc.; Executive Director of the Energy Center of Wisconsin 1994--2001.
  • Tom Shanabruch '00, Real Estate Investment Associate, McCaffery Interests, developers of Chicago Lakeside Development, “a Global Initiative for Innovative Living in Chicago”, that is creating a new urban community on 800 acres of industrial wasteland using the most advanced technology.
  • Dan Schooff, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, Beloit College; Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Department of Administration, State of Wisconsin, 2007--2011; Chief of Staff, Wisconsin Public Service commission, 2005--2006.
  • Commentator: Robert N. Stavins, 2014 Upton Scholar

PANEL DISCUSSION: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 11/6, 7 p.m., Richardson Auditorium
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Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy is essential to decrease the global economy’s greenhouse gas emissions. This panel explores the entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in renewable energy development.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Ideas and Influence of Robert N. Stavins

Friday, 11/7, 1 p.m., Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall.
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(Preceded by luncheon at 12:30 p.m., registration required for lunch)

  • Yoram Bauman, environmental economist with CarbonWA, a "non-partisan grassroots group of individuals who are keen on bringing a BC-style carbon tax to Washington State"; author of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change with Grady Klein; also, The World's First and Only Standup Economist.
  • Lynne Kiesling, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Northwestern University; author of Deregulation, Innovation and Market Liberalization: Electricity Regulation in a Continually Evolving Environment (Routledge, 2008).
  • Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; author of Markets and the Environment: An Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics, with Nathaniel O. Keohane, June 2007, Island Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Gernot Wagner, Lead Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund; author of But Will the Planet Notice? (2011) and Climate Shock with Martin Weitzman (forthcoming).