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The future of energy

January 15, 2013

Can our energy future be reliable, affordable, and low-impact? Fossil fuels come with environmental, economic, and social pitfalls, but renewable energy sources have their downsides as well. Perhaps our future will be shaped by a combination of both.

ASU and the Arizona Science Center are hosting a public event on the future of energy, from 5-8 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Arizona Science Center IMAX Theater. During this panel discussion, American Public Media reporter Eve Troeh will moderate a former Shell Oil president, a climate scientist, and an environmental filmmaker as we all contemplate and envision sustainable energy options.

This event is hosted through a partnership between Arizona Science Center and Arizona State University. Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Arizona Science Center President and CEO Chevy Humphrey will provide opening remarks.

Thursday, Jan. 24
5-6 p.m., booth displays by the Arizona Energy Consortium and the university community
6-7:30 p.m., panel discussion
7:30-8:00 p.m., reception

Arizona Science Center, IMAX Theater
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85004
Getting There/Parking:

John Hofmeister, founder, Citizens for Affordable Energy
John Hofmeister retired as president of Shell Oil Company in 2008 to found and head the nationwide nonprofit group, Citizens for Affordable Energy. As a business leader, his global corporate experience crosses a wide range of both energy-consuming and energy-producing companies, leading him to consider environmental security differently from mainstream practice. His unique both-sides background provides valuable insight to ASU‚s Global Institute of Sustainability and School of Sustainability, where he serves as a faculty member and Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive-in-Residence for Sustainability. Hofmeister received his master‚s degree in political science from Kansas State University. Learn more about John Hofmeister at Download a photo at

Mark Jacobson, director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University
Mark Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. There, he directs the Atmosphere/Energy Program and develops computer models to better understand air pollution and climate change. His research on soot and aerosols has inspired climate policy actions and regulations. Jacobson has served on the Energy Efficiency and Renewables advisory committee for the U.S. Secretary of Energy and continues to investigate reliable, low-impact energy sources. Jacobson holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California - Los Angeles. Learn more about Mark Jacobson at
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Peter Byck, director, Carbon Nation
Peter Byck has more than 20 years of experience as a film director and editor. He has toured nationally with his documentary, Carbon Nation, which features people from all over the U.S.˜from a Texas wind farmer to multi-millionaire Sir Richard Branson˜sharing their climate change solutions. During the filmmaking, Byck ultimately found that liberals and conservatives support clean energy initiatives and clean energy can serve as „the great convener.‰ He has a bachelor of fine arts from the California Institute of Arts. Learn more about Peter Byck at Download a photo at

Eve Troeh, reporter, American Public Media Marketplace
Eve Troeh started out as a staff member at Marketplace Money in 2008. In 2010, she joined Marketplace's Sustainability Desk as a radio reporter breaking stories on how sustainability issues impact business and the economy. Her first assignment was reporting the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. From there on, she‚s profiled stories about free-range hog farms, international climate change negotiations, and historical energy infrastructures. Troeh holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology and journalism from the University of Southern California.

This event is part of the Case Critical Series presented by ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability. For more information call 480-965-2975. Speakers in this series discuss a range of timely environmental, social, and economic topics. Check online for future events at

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Lauren Kuby,