Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Maine Student Climate Conference at C.O.A.

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This weekend everyone is invited (and encouraged!) to attend the Maine Youth Climate Change Summit which is being held at the College of the Atlantic.We will be leaving Friday after classes and returning Sunday afternoon.Please email me if you are interested in attending.Heres the website: https://webmail.bates.edu/portal/services/go.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coa.edu%2Fhtml%2Fpressreleases_234.htmHeres what you have to look foward to:The conference will start off friday evening with keynote speaker Alison Drayton, a high official with the United Nations Development. Drayton was also a former negotiator for the United Nations climate treaty, Kyoto Protocol, Convention to Combat Desertification, and for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Drayton will be speaking on the future of the Climate Convention and the Kyoto ProtocolThe focus of saturday morning will be on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, with a choice of workshops that includes a discussion of the possibilities of solar energy on Maine campuses, a biodiesel basics class and the views of a climate change skeptic.Saturday's mid-afternoon workshop focuses on a panel on science and technology with environmental engineer Robert Niven, who has been working on developing a cost-effective, environmentally-benign carbon capture and storage process, called CO2 Accelerated Concrete Curing.Sunday morning sessions will focus on organizing a network for Maine youth tackling climate change issues. The summit is sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition and Planktos.This is guaranteed to be an incredibly informative and fun weekend! We encourage anyone who is interested to come.Love,The Bates Energy Action Movement

1 comment:

Nancy said...

COA became completely carbon neutral, meaning that the college will, as COAs stop the emission of green house gases in an amount equal to or exceeding the emissions that we create. And the emissions they take into consideration are not just those from heating buildings or running computers, they also consider all travel to and from campus, including faculty commuting and parents and prospective students visits.
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