2011 PIEC: It’s Not Easy Being Green: Our Energy Future

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Our Energy Future

Seventeenth Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference

Feb. 24 – 26, 2011 at the University of Florida Levin College of Law

Course number: 9862 0

Maximum CLER Approval:

  • 15 hours of general CLER, including 2 hours of ethics

Maximum Certification Approval:

  • 15 hours State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice
  • 15 hours City, County, & Local Government
  • 15 hours Real Estate

Each spring, the University of Florida Levin College of Law hosts the Public Interest Environmental Conference, a three-day conference devoted to discussing current issues affecting Florida’s natural environment. This year’s 17th annual conference is themed It’s Not Easy Being Green: Our Energy Future and will focus on the urgent need to address the sources of energy that will sustain Florida. The conference will focus on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, how that energy is distributed, and its relationship to economic development, environmental protection, and social justice. Panels will address energy sectors including solar, wind, biofuels, nuclear and fossil fuels as well as cross cutting issues involving land use, transportation, the built environment, and environmental justice. Of special interest will be panels devoted to the 2010 Gulf oil spill and the licensing of new nuclear power plants in Florida. Panelists include a broad range of perspectives including representatives of government agencies, public interest organizations, and industry, as well as internationally known scholars.

Friday morning kicks off with stage-setting plenary presentations by KC Hallet, PhD, from the Strategic Energy & Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; John Byrne, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director, Center for Energy and Climate Policy, University of Delaware; and CD Hobbs, Senior Fellow, Public Utility Research Center, UF Warrington School of Business. These three distinguished speakers bring breadth of vision about energy policy and the energy industry and extensive experience with industry, non-profits promoting sustainable energy and climate policy, and pioneering academic research on energy and climate policy.

Saturday workshops will focus on Green Jobs and the always popular nuts & bolts session for citizens and practitioners sponsored by the Public Interest Committee of the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar, which this year will focus on “The Endangered Species in My Backyard.” The Thursday evening reception will feature the Honorable Buddy MacKay, former Florida Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representative, and State Legislator, and author of How Florida Happened: The Political Education of Buddy MacKay. His talk will be followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by UF historian Jack Davis.

Friday night’s keynote banquet address will be given by Princeton professor and author Robert Socolow, co-creator of the “Stabilization Wedge Game”, who has done recent work on high carbon emitters, carbon capture and storage, and biofuels. The conference will wrap up with an interactive plenary session facilitated by Tim Center of the Collins Center for Public Policy. Discussants include John Hankinson, recently appointed as Executive Director of the Obama Administration’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, Pierce Jones, Director of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida, and Anna Prizzia, Director of the UF Office of Sustainability.

We believe our conference provides a forum for an exchange of ideas between private, government, and public practitioners; environmental professionals; advocates and activists; and the interested public. The conference is free for all UF students, faculty, and staff.

The conference has been approved for 15 hours of general CLE credits, including 2 hours of ethics.

We hope to see you there!

Carli Koshal & Kate Causeman
ufpiec@gmail.com

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