Climate change and renewable energy

The 2009 Agribusiness/Bioscience breakfast series in Iowa City began this morning, with a session on climate change and battery technologies. The series is an annual event with topics that impact agriculture. 

 

   Jerry Schnoor, chairman of the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council and co-director of the University’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, and Johna Leddy, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa were featured this morning. Schnoor discussed climate change, including how we can reduce energy usage and create more renewable energy. Leddy followed with an overview of her work on electrochemical power sources. More than 50 people attended.

 

   If you missed this morning’s program, two more are coming up that address alternative energy.

 

On Feb. 27, the Gazette’s own Chuck Peters, our CEO, will present insights and lessons learned from living on a farm outside of Iowa City that has been powered for the last 10 years by wind and solar methods. Chuck Peters

 

On March 27, Newly-elected State Representative Larry Marek will discuss his efforts to make Iowa an energy independent “green” state , specifically regarding wind energy. He will also discuss his plans to lease part of his family farm to TradeWind Energy, which specializes in developing and managing wind energy projects in the Heartland. 

 

The programs are hosted by the Agribusiness/Bioscience Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce with support from Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc., and First Trust & Savings Bank.

 

All programs are 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Hills Bank & Trust, 1401 South Gilbert St., Iowa City. The fee is $7 per event or $20 for the series, which includes breakfast.  RSVP to rsvp@iowacityarea.com by the Wednesday before each event.

 

Visit www.iowacityarea.com for more details.

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