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Advancing the Clean Energy Future: Two Perspectives on the Art and Science of Climate Communication

April 25, 2017
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Goergen Hall, Room 101

The science of human-enhanced climate change is well established yet it does not necessarily motivate personal or civic action. How do we reduce carbon pollution while creating the clean energy economy in this time of political polarization? Two science communication practitioners share their insights from a combined 50 years of experience working on climate and energy solutions.

J. Drake Hamilton is the Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy (a 25-year-old Minnesota-based private, non-profit) where she works to advance a national clean energy economy that benefits all. Her work includes award-winning public outreach and translation of complex science, technology, and policy concepts to business and civic audiences. She was invited to meet with President Obama at the White House, and represented Fresh Energy at the Paris Climate Summit.

Patrick Hamilton is the Director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul where he develops projects that investigate the challenges and opportunities of humanity as the dominant agent of global change. Patrick also is a Board Member of District Energy St. Paul, a Principal Investigator with the University of Minnesota's Urban Heat Island Network, and a Fellow of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

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