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What is the Future of Energy?
Join The Nature Conservancy and WBUR for an Open Conversation May 13

How can we protect people and nature and return Earth’s climate system to balance, while meeting the energy needs of the planet’s rapidly growing population? Is renewable energy the answer?


BOSTON, MA | May 03, 2013

Earth’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050. As population increases and living standards in many parts of the world rise, so will energy demand and associated carbon dioxide pollution, a key driver of the global warming that is rapidly altering our natural world.

How can we meet and manage growing energy demands while protecting the planet’s health—and ours? What role can renewable energy—which, in 2011, accounted for only about 9 percent of all energy used in the United States—play in meeting that demand? Scale, cost, technology, policy, environmental impact: What are renewable energy’s greatest challenges? How do we meet them? What is the future of energy?

Join moderator Anthony Brooks, co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, and three renewable-energy thought leaders for this important community conversation at The Future of Energy, the second event in the Future of Nature lecture series that The Nature Conservancy is co-sponsoring with WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, this spring.

The Future of Energy

Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; discussion 7:30 p.m.)
BSA Space, Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

  • Daniel Kammen: Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley and Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas Fellow for the U. S. State Department.
  • Jigar Shah: Partner at Inerjys cleantech investment firm and founder of SunEdison, one of the world’s leading solar services companies.
  • Joe Fargione: Science director for The Nature Conservancy’s North America region. His research investigates energy production, land use, and how to value nature’s benefits to people.
  • Moderator: Anthony Brooks, co-host, WBUR’s Radio Boston; producer, editor, reporter and host for WBUR and NPR with more than 25 years of experience in public radio.

Each night of The Future of Nature will feature national and global thought leaders discussing the most critical conservation challenges of our time – food, energy and water sustainability – as well as a pre-event reception with refreshments, good conversation, activities, and information from community groups that are working on these important issues.

About 200 people attended the Future of Food on Earth Day, April 22, at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston.
“We all have a part to play in ensuring that nature continues to meet the needs of all life on Earth, including people,” said Wayne Klockner, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.

Tickets are $25 per event. A $40 pass to the remaining two events also is available. Tickets and passes can be purchased online here.

Sponsors and Community Partners for The Future of Energy:

350 Massachusetts
Boston Green Drinks
Boston Properties
Boston Society of Architects
Eliot Hotel
Mass Energy
Next Step Living
Progressive Asset Management, Wellesley, Mass.
Unique Boston Events
Young Professionals in Energy—Boston

The Future of Nature series will continue through the spring with:

The Future of Water

Monday, June 10, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

You can also join the conversation by tweeting your hopes and concerns, using the hashtag #futureofnature. What does the future of nature look like? Follow what your neighbors have to say at @Nature_NE.

NOTE: Please contact The Nature Conservancy regarding speaker media availability prior to each event. Speaker biographies and headshots are available at nature.org/mass.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Contact information

James Miller
Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
617-532-8339 (desk), 857-600-6603 (cell)
james_miller@tnc.org

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