Switch

A documentary about the future of energy

Presented by the OSU Sustainable Energy Initiative

Tuesday January 29 LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis OR

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Sustainability.

A big word, and an even bigger task. Policymakers, businesses, and homeowners are taking steps to reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources and clean up the planet, but is it enough? Join the Sustainable Energy Initiative for a night of entertainment and thought-provoking discussion as we examine the world of energy and the challenges ahead in switching to a sustainable future.

This film follows Dr. Scott Tinker on his adventure around the world to discover the true nature of energy in the film "Switch". Learn where our energy comes from today by seeing the world's largest coal mine and new fracking wells, then see where our energy will come from tomorrow at wind farms and solar power plants.

Before the screening, visit the Sustainability Info Fair to learn what people are doing in your community to make the switch possible. After the film, a panel of energy experts from around the state will answer your questions about the past, present, and future of energy.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located on the south side of campus (see campus map), across the street from Reser Stadium. Parking is available for free nearby after 6pm, but we recommend taking public transit or riding your bike.

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5:30 pm Doors open

Free and open to the public.

5:30-6:30 OSU Sustainability Expo

Sustainability groups from Oregon State will have representatives and information about their programs. OSU students and community members can learn about opportunities to become involved on campus. Prospective students can find out about courses and majors available at OSU, student groups, and other resources OSU has to offer.

6:30-8:00 Switch Screening

Every energy resource fossil, nuclear and renewable is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow.

This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen.

Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding. Finally, Switch is about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency. Read more about Switch on their website.

8:00-9:00 Energy experts discussion panel

The energy experts discussion panel will include representatives from the following groups:

  • OSU Office of Sustainability
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Oregon Department of Energy
  • Trillium FiberFuels
  • NuScale Power
  • Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

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