Renewable Energy and Carbon Neutrality

April 15th and 16th, 2009

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Opening Address
Location: Alumni Hall

Paul Farrell, Assistant Division Director
Climate, Energy & Transportation Programs
Bureau of Air Management - Planning & Standards
CT Department of Environmental Protection

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A Circus for a Fragile Planet
Location: Welte Auditorium
Presenter: Dic Wheeler, Co-Founder of Artfarm

The show uses the vehicle of circus to educate about global warming and other compelling environmental issues in a serious but upbeat style. Through a journey that includes juggling, acrobatics, clowning and other circus skills the audience is confronted with some of the life and death issues currently facing humanity and each individual is asked to look at the steps he or she can take right now to make a difference.

11:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Lifestyle and Your Carbon Footprint
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Panelist: Dr. Herster Barres, Director, Reforest the Tropics Inc
Dr. Gary Ginsberg, Toxicologist, Book Author, Radio Show Host, WTIC AM 1080
David Heiser, Head of Education and Outreach, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
John Waiveris, Chair, Windsor (CT) Environmental Subcommittee for Chamber of Commerce
and Owner, Invisible Gold LLC
Moderator: Dr. Charles Button, Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University

Each and every action in our daily lives results in the consumption of energy. This means that every person has the opportunity to make their contribution to the health of our environment. By knowing our options, the individual can make the small changes in their lifestyle which will lead to a sustainable future for our world. Listen and pose questions to our panelists and discover what living green means to you.

12:45 PM -1:45 PM

Lunch on Your Own

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sustainable Dining Services Webinar
Location: Philbrick/Camp Room, Student Center
Presenters: John Turenne, President and Founder, Sustainable Food Systems
Owen Moore, Dining Services Director, NYU Dining Services

Come learn about the various aspects and opportunities for a more sustainably-operated dining program and how to address a plan in incremental steps. Topics to be discussed include:
• Defining sustainable dining
• Understanding the key ‘categories’ of sustainable Food Service
• Evaluating the levels of sustainable food to decide what is right for your campus
• Developing a test site for better execution
• Achieving buy-in from your institution
• Partnering with sustainability groups
• Partnering with the media and student groups

2:00-3:00 PM

N.O.W. (Neutralize our Waste): Environmental Sustainability, Education and Action through Theater
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Presenter: Marcella Trowbridge, Artistic Director, Artfarm

Utilizing the knowledge of participants, augmented by selections of available research, attendees will explore environmental sustainability, choices, consequences, our history and the possibility of our future based on what we do now. This is an interactive 'on your feet' workshop. While we will discover and share, we will also touch on the power of theater to pose questions, raise awareness and inspire change on personal, community and policy levels.

3:15- 4:15 PM

Chronic Consumption and the Creation of Our Carbon Footprint
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Presenter: Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

This interactive workshop invites attendees to look at their consumption and how this consumption directly impacts global warming. Special attention will be paid to the link between consumption and the creation of our identities, through marketing that begins with children and continues through adulthood. We will use skits to explore who we would be without our commodity identification. The overall emphasis will be that what we do and don’t buy matters on a global scale.

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Registration and Check-In
Location: Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

12:00 PM-12:45 PM

Growing Connecticut Cooler Luncheon
Location: Constitution Room, Memorial Hall
Presenter: Heidi Green, President, 1000 Friends of Connecticut
David Kooris, Connecticut Director, Regional Plan Association

Better than 60% of our greenhouse gas emissions are related to where and how we develop our towns, cities, and suburbs. This workshop will discuss the whys and hows of changing our development patterns, transportation habits, building materials and what we can do to shape policy and investments to develop smarter and more sustainably. A case study of the Bridgeport region’s sustainability plan will be presented.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Concurrent Session A


Session A1: Recycling Buildings: Historic Preservation and Embodied Energy
Location: Constitution Rooms, Memorial Hall
Presenters: Leah Glaser, Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Trina Learned, Architect, New Haven Preservation Trust
Joseph DeRisi, Businessman, Urbanminers, LCC
Greg Farmer, Advocate, CT Trust for Historic Preservation
Wayne Gannaway, CT Commission on Culture and Tourism

This workshop will emphasize the energy savings inherent in restoring historic buildings. Presenters will talk from various perspectives from architectural to materials. We will provide handouts and answer individual questions why preserving/restoring your historic home saves energy.


Session A2: Renewable Energy and Carbon Caps: A Current Assessment
Location: Bellin A & B, Student Center
Presenter: Dr. Philip Cook, University of Connecticut

Recent energy legislation, coupled with a cap and trade greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan designed to cut GHG’s by 83% below 2005 levels by 2050 that has been proposed in the 2010 budget, will lead to increased investment in renewable, non-GHG emitting energy sources. These sources include wind, power, solar, hydropower, biomass and CHP as well as others. Legislation will also reinvigorate energy efficiency and demand reduction programs of electricity generators and distributers as well as those of industrial sources. Zero or lower carbon transitional fuels are expected to play a role in the intermediate term. However important technical, logistical, legal and economic hurdles must be overcome for the most important of these alternatives to emerge from being minor sources to being major contributors of energy supply.

2:00 PM-2:45 PM

Concurrent Session B


Session B1: Practical Applications for Energy Technology in Everyday Life
Using Sun, Wind and Earth to Provide Energy for Homes & Buildings

Solar Energy for Homes and Other Buildings
Location: Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor, CCSU Art Galleries
Presenter: K. Raman, Solar Energy Association of Connecticut

A summary discussion of the following: how Solar Hot Water Systems work, passive solar design for using the sun’s heat, active solar heating systems and use of Photovoltaic (PV) systems for converting sunlight into electricity.


Session B2: Managing Carbon: From Developing Strategies to Implementation
Location: Bellin A & B, Student Center
Presenters: Keri Enright-Kato, Sustainability Project Manager, Yale University
Tom Downing, Senior Energy Engineer, Yale University

Mitigating global climate change is recognized as one of the most pressing issues facing society today. Yale University has established a fifteen-year strategic plan to take responsibility for its emissions and will focus on reducing emissions through a combination of increasing the efficiency of on-campus energy production and distribution, energy conservation m on-site renewable energy resources, and sustainable standards for new construction and large renovations. This presentation will be two-fold: 1) Key Elements for Developing an Effective Campus Climate Action Plan and 2) Case study of Yale’s Kroon Hall- achieving Carbon Neutral Building.

2:55 PM-3:25 PM

Concurrent Session C


Session C1: 2:50-3:35 PM: Geothermal Energy for Heating a Homes and Other Buildings
Location: Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor, CCSU Art Galleries
Presenters: Rich Vocke and K. Raman, Solar Energy Association of Connecticut

A brief tutorial on geothermal heat pumps for heating homes and other buildings, followed by a discussion of a residential Installation using geothermal energy with a ground source heat pump.


Session C2: 'The Big Thaw'
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Presenter: Esther van Zutphen, Educator, Museum Volkenkund

Netherlands held an exhibition on the consequences of Climate change for the people living in the Circumpolar areas. For these people, ice and snow have always been decisive for how people live and their survival. Global warming’s effects and the disappearance of ice and snow mean tremendous changes in those regions. However, the recent awareness that climate change is becoming a truly serious problem, the circumpolar areas are now the focus of closer attention; what happens there is now relevant to the rest of the world. And the inhabitants of Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Lapland are aware of this. For them, climate and environmental change is double-edged: with great loss come new opportunities to have their voices heard and make their mark.

“The Big Thaw” is special because of the multiplicity of voices. People from the high north of Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Sachalin and Lapland are given an opportunity to speak. They talk about their country and their culture, today, yesterday and tomorrow. What does climate change mean for these people who have lived in the midst of “the ice” for generations and generations? And how do they anticipate climate change. This exhibit was also produced in a climate-neutral way.

3:40-4:25 PM

Wind Turbines for Electrical Power to Homes and Other Buildings
Presenters: Rich Vocke and K. Raman, Solar Energy Association of Connecticut
Location: Maloney Hall, 2nd Floor, CCSU Art Galleries

A summary discussion and brief tutorial on Wind Energy, followed by a discussion of a residential installation using a wind turbine to generate electricity.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Town Hall meeting with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center

Ask questions, raise concerns and have a general discussion with Sen. Christopher Dodd regarding renewable energy and carbon neutrality policies.

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Town Hall Meeting with Political Campus, and Civic Leaders
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Officials: Danielle Rosengarten, Environmental Legislative Counsel, Sen. Joe Lieberman Roger Smith, Coordinator, CT Climate Coalition & Campaign Director, Clean Water Action
Dr. Richard Bachoo, Chief Administration Officer, CCSU

This meeting will provide an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and have a general discussion with these political, campus & civic leaders.

5:00 PM -5:30 PM

Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center
Dr. Charles Button, Assistant Professor, CCSU

5:30- 6:30 PM

Thank You Reception (Presenters and Volunteers)
Location: Bellin A & B, Student Center

7:00 PM

Paul Winter Solo Concert
Location: Welte Auditorium

Grammy Award winning Saxophonist, composer, bandleader and explorer of the world’s musical traditions, Paul Winter aspires towards a universal genre of “Earth’s Music”, celebrating the creatures and cultures of earth.

Presented in partnership with UMC (University Museum Community)