Thursday Plenary: The Climate Crisis, Extreme Weather & Renewables: Mitigation and Beyond!

Welcome & Introductions: David Hill, ASES Board Chair

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 (Remote), Jochen Flasbarth, Alice LeBlanc, and Patricia Hoffman!

Creating 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.

The German Approach to Climate & Resiliency 
Georg Maue, First Secretary for Climate and Energy at the German Embassy

Georg will be speaking from 10:30-12:00. Prior to joining the Embassy, Georg worked at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, with responsibility for climate and energy policy and various international environmental topics at the German Environmental Protection Agency.

Insurance and Real Estate: Partners in Solar Energy Resiliency
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.

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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