Events Archive

The Renewable Revolution: Cultivating Green Technology for Developing Nations

November 25, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The global shift to renewable energy is underway and international attention has focused on deployment in developing nations. As countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America continue to grow in population and GDP, so have their energy demands. These countries are in a unique position to leapfrog over traditional energy sources and incorporate renewables directly into their growing infrastructure. Significant potential exists for the construction of diverse power grids, with biomass, hydropower, wind and solar energy.

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Resilient Renewable Cities

November 2, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

How do you reduce energy use and shift to renewables while ensuring resiliency in a city?

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Climate Extremes - What can we learn from global models?

October 28, 2015 - 12:30pm

Climate extremes are likely to be one of the largest societal challenges associated with climate change in this century. In this talk, Dr. Sillmann will provide an overview of historical and projected changes in climate extremes indices as defined by the Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices  (ETCCDI) and used across various chapters in the IPCC assessment report (AR5 WGI).

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GreenTech Collaboration in Motion: Emerging Solutions from Belgium and the Netherlands

October 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

British Columbia’s thriving green environment and culture makes it an attractive market for global sustainability businesses to launch their products and services in North America. The region is a growing hub for these innovations and emerging ventures, and is world-renowned as enjoying one of the greenest and cleanest natural settings. Furthermore, with the goal to reach 100% renewable energy use by 2020, Vancouver is seeing an increase in green tech traffic as international companies arrive to share in their solutions.

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Reality Check: Climate Change, the Resource Economy and the Road to Paris: An Evening with Professor Tim Flannery

October 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

At this special lecture, Professor Tim Flannery, recipient of SFU’s 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, will engage with local thought leaders to tackle the thorny topic of how to reconcile climate action with economic growth and resource development in the lead-up to the international climate change negotiations in Paris this December. Audience members will also witness the Canadian launch of Professor Flannery’s latest book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, which follows his past international best seller, The Weather Makers.

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The Economics and Politics of Carbon Pricing in Australia

October 1, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Australia has the distinction of being one of the only jurisdictions in the world to both implement and scrap a carbon tax. What's up Down Under?

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GTEx Forum September 30: Growing Deployment of Alternative Energy: Biomass and District Energy

September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm

Metro Vancouver is home to several communities focusing their efforts on the application of alternative energy sources. From district energy facilities, waste-to-energy sites, to sustainable biomass projects, innovative new energy sources can be seen in municipalities and institutions across the lower mainland of B.C. EcoDistricts are also on the rise, where urban development is centered around sustainably sourced energy and a desire to diversify the power grid.

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Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors

September 24, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

One of the largest and most important international climate conferences is about to take place. On November 30, governments from around the world will gather at COP21 in Paris to (hopefully) finalize and agree to a deal that keeps the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The outcome in Paris could signal the future direction and ambition of global climate action. Many greet this optimism with cautionary notes, reminiscent of countries’ previous failures to secure a global deal, and muted expectations heading into COP21.

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