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    January 22, 2002      File #187
    Contact: Armando Navarro, Environmental Technology Center, (707) 664-2577


Energy and the Environment is Theme of First Lecture Series at Environmental Center

"Energy and the Environment: Vision and Solutions" is the theme of the first lecture series to be held in the Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University. The series will run from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays from January 30 - May 8 in the new facility.

Speakers have been chosen "to inspire and inform about how building design and the production and use of energy can lead us into a sustainable future for our society," says Dr. Alexandra von Meier, director of the ETC.

The public is welcome to attend any of the lectures. The series is an SSU course in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning (ENSP #444) open to all SSU students, faculty, staff, and to the general public as well.

The complete schedule for the spring semester is:

January 30 - " The 9/11 Wake-up Call: Time for a Real Energy Policy," Daniel Kammen Professor, Energy & Society and Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab - UC Berkeley

February 6 - "Solar Solutions: Creating a Sustainable Society," Steve Heckeroth, Ecological Designer - Homestead Enterprises

February 20 - "Economics of Climate Change Mitigation," Jon Koomey, Staff Scientist and Group Leader - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

February 27 - "IDEC Cooling, the 75 % Solution: Optimum Efficiency Strategies," Keith Marchando, Project Engineering Coordinator - Sonoma State University and Mike Scofield, President ? Conservation Mechanical Systems

March 6 - "Cutting-edge Energy Efficient Lighting," Michael Siminovitch, Staff Scientist - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

March 13 - "Government Policy for an Energy-Wise Society," V. John White, Executive Director - Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

March 20 - "Fuel Cells and a Renewable Energy Future," Peter Lehman, Director - Schatz Energy Research Center and Professor Environmental Resources Engineering - Humboldt State University

April 10 - "Award-Winning Green Buildings," Wesley Sullens, Green Building Analyst - XENERGY, Inc

April 17 - "Managing a Green Building Project: Success and Challenges," Mark Rydell, Project Manager - McCarthy Building Companies

April 24 - "Geothermal, the OTHER Renewable," Lyle LaFavor, Public Tours Coordinator - Cal Pine Energy Company

May 1 - "Earth Construction Technologies: Modern Applications," DAVID EASTON, Owner and Ecological Designer ? Rammed Earth Works

May 8 - "Renewable Energy Transition," Don Aitken, Energy Researcher and Consultant

To register or for additional information, phone Armando Navarro, Environmental Technology Center, (707) 664-2577 or email


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