The Sustainable Energy Initiative presented a screening of “Switch” in the LaSells Stewart Center on January 29, 2013. Switch is a documentary presented by Dr. Scott Tinker that explores the realities and prospects of renewable energy all around the planet. SEI also presented a sustainability expo and a Q&A discussion panel with energy experts. Keep reading for a summary of the event, pictures, and (soon) a video of the discussion panel.
Prior to the film screening, SEI hosted the OSU Sustainability Expo. University sustainability organizations informed and engaged students and community members about what OSU is doing to promote sustainability and ways to get involved.
Afterward, attendees sat down to watch the “Switch” film. Documentary stereotypes are thrown aside by pleasing camerawork and narration as Tinker guides viewers through a journey in search of the answer to a very important modern question – What will it take to transform our energy infrastructure into something we can sustain responsibly? He visits locales ranging from Iceland to the plains of Texas to urban India, exploring both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. While he examines many promising possibilities, Tinker also concludes with a hard truth – No single panacea exists for Earth’s energy problem. The physical, economical, and political hurdles Tinker uncovers lead him to predict it will take small steps and many different energy sources to power the future.
SEI concluded the event with a panel of six sustainable energy experts from a variety of fields. Audience members had the opportunity to ask the panel questions about the film and sustainable energy. A video recording of the panel discussion will be uploaded in the next few days. The experts panel included:
- Brandon Trelstad: Sustainability Coordinator, Oregon State University
- Dr. Jose Reyes: Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power
- Sean Moran: Wave Energy Ocean Test Facilities Manager, NNMREC
- Dr. Paul King: Business and Outreach Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory
- Bill Drumheller: Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
- Dr. Steve Potochnik: Co-founder and process engineer, Trillium Fiber Fuels
Thanks to everyone who attended and the panelists for helping make this event a success! Check our website regularly for news about future events, such as the upcoming Vestas tour. Also, sign up for our mailing list to receive regular news and updates! See you at the next event.
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