2013-2014 Seminar Series
Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and past U.S. Secretary of Energy
“Renewing Our Independence Through Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @7pm, Performing Arts Center
Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, is the keynote speaker for No Impact Week, hosted by the Center for Sustainability and the University Wellness Program. A distinguished physicist, innovative professor and the first science laureate to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu will offer insight on our energy future—and how advances in science are the key to solving our most confounding global issues.
A forward-thinking visionary, Dr. Steven Chu’s sharp focus on research during his time as secretary of energy transformed the agency by bringing science to the forefront of America’s clean energy policy. Chu was also a top science advisor to President Barack Obama, where he used his skills to assist BP in stopping the massive Gulf oil leak and assisted the government of Japan in dealing with the tsunami-damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactors.
His work in laser cooling and trapping was honored as a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. He continues to work on solving the country’s energy problems by focusing on new pathways to sustainable, carbon dioxide-neutral energy.
This free event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics, Center for Sustainability, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the University Wellness Program.
Lance Hosey, “The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology & Design”
February 4, 2014 @ 7 pm
Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Assembly Hall Auditorium
Architect, author, and strategist Lance Hosey is Chief Sustainability Officer with the global design leader RTKL. As one of the world’s largest architecture firms, RTKL has significant reach and influence on the built environment. Lance is a former Director with William McDonough + Partners and the former President & CEO of the sustainability non-profit GreenBlue. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), the first to study the relationships between sustainability and beauty, has been Amazon’s #1 bestseller for sustainable design.
Hosted by the Center for Sustainability in partnership with the Interior Design Program
David Guernsey is the acknowledged “father of sustainability” for UPS and a pioneer of sustainability in the transportation industry. A 34 year veteran of the company, David’s efforts led UPS to substantial global brand recognition, industry leadership and a path towards a more sustainable business model.
Some of his achievements are as follows:
• 2011 SmartWay Champion by U.S. EPA
• Led the development of 9 annual sustainability reports
• Directly connected to corporate recognitions including:
o Fortune Most Admired – #1 in Social Responsibility
o 100 Best Corporate Citizens
o Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies
o Climate Counts – Industry highest score
o Carbon Disclosure Project – Industry highest score
David Guernsey’s seminar is hosted by the Department of Management in the College of Business Administration in partnership with the Center for Sustainability and with support from the College of Science and Mathematics.
Last updated: 1/24/2018