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Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

Access to energy research articles: publisher policies & MIT output
Ellen Duranceau, Chris Sherratt, Mat Willmott
Tue Jan 11, 03-04:00pm, 56-154

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Join Scholarly Publishing and Licensing Librarian Ellen Duranceau as she explores where MITEI faculty are publishing and what the implications of those publishing practices are for worldwide access to essential energy research. This session will include data on MITEI faculty journal articles and will provide an assessment of the openness, or reach, of the articles based on the publishers’ policies. The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and tools that analyze journal quality will also be discussed.
Contact: Angie Locknar, 143-134, 253-9320, locknar@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries
Cosponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

CO2 Emissions Control Options for Coal Based Power Generation
Ja'nos M. Bee'r
Thu Jan 6, 11am-01:00pm, 66-110

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the principle means of long term, significant CO2 emissions control in both new and existing coal based electric power generating plant.
Main technology options for CCS application, in high efficiency energy conversion cycles including
-Pulverized coal combustion in ultra-supercritical steam cycle
-Coal gasification combined gas turbine-steam cycle, and
-Oxygen blown coal combustion cycle are discussed for their RD&D needs, Costs and Timeline of deployment.
Contact: Ja'nos M. Bee'r, 66-301, x3-6661, jmbeer@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Chemical Engineering

Climate Change 101: Introduction to Climate Change Economics and Policy
Chris Gillespie, Paul Kishimoto
Tue Jan 18, 02-04:00pm, E51-335

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Concerned about climate change, but unsure how our policy options stack up? Come learn enough to hold your own at a cocktail party on current climate policy topics! From the basic economics to the pros and cons and political feasibility of different policy options to the status of international negotiations on a global agreement, this course will be a tour de force of current issues in climate change economics and policy. This discussion will provide helpful background for the upcoming session on recent developments in U.S. and international climate policy negotiations.
Contact: Tony Tran, E19-411, (617) 253-7492, tones@mit.edu
Sponsor: Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change

Climate Change 102: U.S. and International Climate Policy Options
Jennifer Morris
Wed Jan 19, 02-04:00pm, E51-149

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Despite recent cooling in the House and Senate, climate policy is still hot not only in the U.S, but in many other countries around the world. Come learn about a wide array of policy options under consideration in the U.S. and internationally from carbon tax and cap and trade, to renewable energy portfolio standards and energy research and development investment.
Contact: Tony Tran, E19-411, (617) 253-7492, tones@mit.edu
Sponsor: Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change

Climate CoLab Workshop
Robert Laubacher, Professor Thomas W. Malone, Joshua Introne
Thu Jan 13, 02-05:00pm, NE25-746

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Single session event
Prereq: None

The Climate CoLab is a web forum where people for all over the world can work together to create proposals for what we should do about climate change. It is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. The system combines web-based climate and economic modeling, structured online conversation, and new kinds of group decision making tools.

In this workshop, we invite students to learn about the Climate CoLab and share their ideas about how the project might evolve in the future. The workshop will start with a presentation on the Climate CoLab by Sloan Professor Thomas W. Malone. We then will invite students to undertake a series of tasks using the system. The final part of the session will be a discussion of possible future directions for the project, where we will welcome student input.

The workshop will be of value to students with an interest in sustainability, climate change, and emerging energy technologies. It will also be useful to students who would like to learn about next generation Web 2.0 technologies.

Attendees should bring a laptop so they can use the Climate CoLab during the session.
Web: http://climatecolab.org
Contact: Robert Laubacher, NE25-753, x3-0526, rjl@mit.edu
Sponsor: Sloan School of Management

Efficiency Forward Forum
Susan Hockfield, Tom May
Tue Jan 11, 11am-12:00pm, E62 Lobby Sloan

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Join President Hockfield and NSTAR CEO Tom May along with invited dignitaries as they kick off Efficiency Forward: Partnering for Success - A Forum to Recognize Innovations in Energy Efficiency

Co-Sponsored by Campus Energy Task Force, Department of Facilities, EHS Headquarters Office, Sloan School of Management
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Steven Lanou, slanou@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Education Open House
Jennifer DiMase
Tue Jan 11, 02-03:00pm, E19-319

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Stop by the Energy Initiative to learn about the Energy Studies Minor, energy classes, student groups, fellowships, and current research projects. Chat with students and faculty involved with energy.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Jennifer DiMase, E19-370D, 452-3199, jdimase@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Efficiency Research and Education at MIT (Panel Discussion)
Robert Armstrong, Leon Glicksman, John Reilly, Sarah Slaughter
Mon Jan 10, 03:30-05:00pm, 32-141

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

A panel on energy efficiency research and education at MIT moderated by MITEI Deputy Director Robert Armstrong. Speakers include John Reilly, Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, on the expected role of efficiency in meeting future energy needs; Sarah Slaughter, Associate Director for Buildings and Infrastructure for MITEI, on an emerging MIT research program on building and infrastructure systems; and Leon Glicksman, Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering, on his fall 2010 project-based class, “Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings,” which focused on energy efficiency on the MIT campus.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Amanda Graham, agraham@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Futures Week featured lecture: An Efficient Future for Energy Use in the Built Environment
Neal Elliott Associate Director for Research, ACEEE
Mon Jan 10, 02-03:00pm, 32-141

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Over the past quarter century, building energy efficiency has focused on improvements to components and equipment. While component efficiencies increased dramatically, the size of our homes and the number of energy using stuff has increased even faster. Looking forward, the focus for energy efficiency in buildings will need to shift to systems rather than components. This shift will involve transformations in how we build, and where and how we live. This shift does not mean that we can ignore component efficiency, because energy using appliances are proliferating, but that we need to take a more holistic approach to our communities.

Neal Elliott is the Associate Director for Research of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), coordinating ACEEE's overall research efforts. Elliott is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency, energy efficiency programs and policies, electric motor systems, combined heat and power and clean distributed energy, and analysis of energy efficiency and energy markets.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Jennifer DiMase, E19-370D, jdimase@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Katherine McNeill
Tue Jan 11, 01-02:00pm, 14N-132

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Jan-2011
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

Interested in researching or working in the field of energy? Want to find out how your energy project fits into the landscape of various industries? This session will give you the skills to research the business and statistical information on energy to find industry overviews, market research, news and data.

Sign up at: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/
Web: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/
Contact: Katherine McNeill, E53-168c, x3-0787, mcneillh@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries
Cosponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Information: Maps and data to use with GIS
Anne Graham, Lisa Sweeney
Tue Jan 11, 12-01:00pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 20 participants.
Single session event

Where are the power plants and the pipelines? How close are they to population centers? In this session, MIT GIS Services will introduce you to energy maps and spatial data available, and demonstrate GIS in action on the energy front.
Please register at http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/
Contact: Anne Graham, 10-500, x3-7744, grahama@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries
Cosponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Energy Information: Where to go, what to do
Angie Locknar, Chris Sherratt
Mon Jan 10, 01-02:00pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 30 participants.
Single session event

Information on energy is everywhere! How do you find the scientific and technical information you need and keep on the cutting edge of what is published? Attend this hands-on session to find out.
See link below to register: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/energy-information-where-to-go-what-to-do
Web: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/energy-information-where-to-go-what-to-do
Contact: Angie Locknar, 14S-134, locknar@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries
Cosponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Green Ambassadors Workshop
Come hear from your fellow Green Ambassadors
Wed Jan 12, 12-01:30pm, 46-3189

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 07-Jan-2011
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event

This workshop will allow all Green Ambassadors - as well as those interested in becoming a Green Ambassador - to meet over lunch and share and discuss strategies for promoting sustainability in their office, lab, or dorm.

Limited to 50 people. Advance sign up required by January 7th (see contact below)

Also cosponsored by the Campus Energy Task Force.
Web: http://ehs.mit.edu/site/sustainability
Contact: Steve Lanou, slanou@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative
Cosponsor: Environment, Health and Safety Office

Issues in Technology and Policy Seminar Series
Renee Robins
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Many policy issues involve the application, commercialization, and control of technologies. This annual seminar series explores selected issues in technology and policy, such as strategies to address such diverse problems as the structure of electricity grids, mercury in the environment, and other current topics. Bring brown bag lunch; light refreshments provided.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/tpp
Contact: Renee Robins, E38-408, x3-7662, rrobins@mit.edu
Sponsor: Technology and Policy Program

Global Politics of Mercury Pollution: An Inside Look at Treaty Negotiations
Prof. Noelle Selin, Engineering Systems Division & EAPS
Mercury is a global environmental pollutant that poses toxic risks to humans & the environment. On January 25th, representatives from over 100 countries will meet in Japan to negotiate a global treaty to control mercury. The talk will give some background about the risks posed by mercury and a preview of country positions, provisions which are under negotiation, and some major controversies on the road to a global treaty.
Wed Jan 12, 12-01:30pm, E51-145, Brown bag lunch; refreshments

IT-Enabled Electricity Services: The Missing Piece of the Environmental Puzzle
Prof. Marija Ilic Visiting Professor, MIT Engineering Systems Division
In this talk we describe the role electric power grid and its
Information Communications Technologies (ICT) play in enabling
sustainable electricity services. Examples of ICT's role in affordable integration of renewable resources, as well as the role of T&D management for enabling delivery of cleaner and cheaper power are discussed. The talk also provides a brief summary of the Spring 2011 Course on Smart Grids.
Wed Jan 19, 12-01:30pm, E51-145, Brown bag lunch; refreshments

Status and Evolution of the US Air Traffic Control System
Prof. John Hansman, Engineering Systems and Aero/Astro
This lecture with discus the status of the current US Air Traffic Control System and the socio-technical forces which have driven it's evolution. The lecture will also discuss plans to modernize the system and improve performance in terms of operational efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
Wed Jan 26, 12-01:30pm, E51-057, brown bag lunch; refreshments

Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: Introductory economics helpful. Interest in electricity.

The translation between economic theories and real-world practice is not always straightforward in the energy industry. This lecture series will explore how a few select economic theories can (or cannot) be applied to real-world situations. Jean-Pierre Hansen (full speaker bio below) will draw examples from his long career in both industry and academia to help students navigate the sometimes confusing and counterintuitive world of energy economics. This lecture series is designed to complement other energy economics classes at MIT.

A background in introductory economic theory will be helpful for students but is not required. (Each lecture will start with a review of the basics.)

Speaker Bio: Jean-Pierre Hansen managed Electrabel, one of the leading European electricity companies, for 20 years. He has also been Chairman to a number of energy companies that operate at an international level (30 countries). He is currently a Member of the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ, the world’s second-largest gas and electricity Group. He is a Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Leuven and the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris). Jean-Pierre holds a degree in Economics and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Co-sponsored by Electricity Student Research Group.
Web: http://esrg.mit.edu/events/iap-2011/
Contact: Tim Heidel, E19-439A, (617) 715-4551, heidel@mit.edu
Sponsor: Energy Club

Did you say “Market”?… (How) Does it (really) work for electricity
Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
The move to a market system is not all that simple! Amongst other things, if we wish to replace a regulated electricity system with an electricity market system, we must consider the three elements that determine an exchange, i.e. a market: the product, the time and the place. How does it work for electricity, given the so-called forgotten hypotheses of microeconomics…?

Co-sponsored by Electricity Student Research Group.
Mon Jan 24, 02:30-04:00pm, E52-175

Ricardo’s nuclear power plants: why should a manager know the Theory of Rent?
Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
The general theory of rents explains several major problems in electricity economics. For instance, differential rents (or infra-marginal rents), which manifest in the operation of optimal generating facilities, are often called windfall profits. However, it is shown that such rents are necessary in order to (re)build optimal generating facilities and therefore cannot be taxed. The issue of “Missing Money.”

Co-sponsored by Electricity Student Research Group.
Tue Jan 25, 02:30-04:00pm, E52-175

Market Power: how can it be measured – proved?
Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
95% of economic and legal literature regarding the reform of the electricity sector concerns “Market Power”. This is both surprising and logical all at once: its definition, its calculation and its analysis foil all of the traditional indicators: Lerner, HHI, and “Pivotals”. So? How can the CEO of a company define his policy?

Co-sponsored by Electricity Student Research Group.
Wed Jan 26, 02:30-04:00pm, E52-175

From C. Adams to Averch-Johnson… and many others: the myth of perfect regulation.
Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
Origins, theories, paradoxes and practices of regulation: the true story and “everything you have ever wanted to know about regulation, but never dared to ask”.

Co-sponsored by Electricity Student Research Group.
Thu Jan 27, 02:30-04:00pm, E52-175

Plasma Science and Fusion Center IAP Series
Peter Catto, Abhay Ram, John Rice, Paul Rivenberg
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This series introduces plasma physics research and areas of related interest at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. See URL below.
Web: http://www.psfc.mit.edu/
Contact: Paul Rivenberg, NW16-284, x3-8101, rivenberg@psfc.mit.edu
Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Using models to study climate
John Marshall
An approach to the study of climate that emphasizes modeling hierarchies, but based on a common set of modeling tools. Prof. Marshall will illustrate some of the science that such models facilitate in the context of paleo climate (focusing on the past 50 million years), exploring, for example, whether more than one stable climate might exist for a given external forcing.
Tue Jan 18, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Climate change, nuclear proliferation and fusion energy
Rob Goldston Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Nuclear power may be needed to provide about 30% of electric power production due to the scale-up limitations of renewable resources and carbon sequestration. Here we examine scenarios based on once-through fission, once-through fission followed by fast spectrum fission, and once-through fission followed by fusion.
Tue Jan 18, 03-04:00pm, NW17-218

Fifty Years of Fusion
Dale Meade Fusion Innovation Research and Energy (FIRE)
A look at the challenges and key events that have marked the search for a fusion powered heat source over the past 50 years - a search that has led recently to the initiation of two major fusion energy facilities: the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in inertial fusion and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in magnetic fusion.
Wed Jan 19, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

An Alcator chronicle, or What happened to Alcator B?
Ron Parker
Fusion research at MIT has been underway for nearly 40 years. This talk will review some highlights of the history of the Alcator program, emphasizing the early days when data were taken with polaroid film, diagnostics were few and relatively crude, and the results played a major role in establishing the scientific feasibility of fusion energy.
Wed Jan 19, 03-04:00pm, NW17-218

The challenge of fusion burn and ITER
Steven Cowley Culham Center for Fusion Energy
In the next decade ITER will reach fusion burning conditions - the realization of decades of research. Steve Cowley will discuss the challenges associated with the physics of burning plasmas and what this means for fusion power.
Thu Jan 20, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Recreating deep interior states of planets and stars in the laboratory
Rip Collins Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Developments in inertial confinement fusion have led to new ways of exploring highly compressed materials, such as those found deep inside giant planets and low mass stars, where the crushing force of gravity makes matter extremely dense. Recent experiments show that such compressed materials have rather exotic properties; and some fundamental rules of condensed matter, chemistry, and plasma physics break down.
Thu Jan 20, 03-04:00pm, NW17-218

MIT study on the future of natural gas
Daniel Cohn
Use of shale gas has created a large increase in the availability of low cost natural gas, and with it new opportunities for reducing CO2 and oil dependence. This talk will discuss the MIT interdisciplinary study on the future of natural gas.
Fri Jan 21, 10-11:00am, NW17-218

Diagnosing plasma turbulence in tokamaks
Anne White
Scientists have made great progress in understanding and predicting turbulent transport in tokamaks, but challenges remain. Future fusion reactor development depends on using fluctuation diagnostics to monitor plasma turbulence, and comparing the results with advanced theory and simulations. This talk considers recent advances in diagnosing turbulent transport in tokamaks, and the path to predicting transport in ITER.
Fri Jan 21, 11:15am-12:30pm, NW17-218

Tour of Alcator C-Mod and the Versatile Toroidal Facility (VTF)
Tour guide TBD
Visit the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, a well-tested approach to fusion research that has direct applications to ITER, the world's largest tokamak, currently under construction in France. Compare this to the Versatile Toroidal Facility, a small student-built tokamak used to explore magnetic reconnection, the process observed in solar flares.
Fri Jan 21, 01:30-02:30pm, NW17-218

Post-Mortem Options: A Workshop on the Dead Body
Jae Rhim Lee
Tue Jan 25, 06-08:30pm, E15-209

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Join the Decompiculture Society for a free workshop exploring new and traditional technologies in the funeral industry. Presentations on options of burial, cremation and alternatives will be given by a diverse group of representatives, including:

- Joe Sehee, Green Burial Council
- Emma Crossen and Nancy Accola, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern MA
- Captain Brad White, New England Burials at Sea, LLC
- Ruth Faas, Mourning Dove Studio
- Paul Harrington, Licensed Funeral Director and Former Manager, Forest Hills Crematory
- Jae Rhim Lee, Infinity Burial Project

The workshop is an opportunity to discuss some of the options and to navigate our cultural attitudes toward death. Further information on participating in the Decompiculture Society will be provided.

This workshop is sponsored by the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and the Decompiculture Society, a newly formed group that promotes death awareness and acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms. The Decompiculture Society is a component of the Infinity Burial Project, an art/design project by Jae Rhim Lee, with funding from the Creative Capital Foundation.
Web: http://www.jaerhimlee.com
Contact: Jae Rhim Lee, E15-213, jrlee@mit.edu
Sponsor: Architecture

Recycling Culture: Waste as Creative Medium
Sam Magee, Jegan Vicent de Paul, Jess Wheelock
Mon Jan 24 thru Fri Jan 28, 12-03:00pm, W20-431

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Signup by: 24-Jan-2011
Limited to 10 participants.

January 2011 IAP - 5-Day Intensive Hands-On Workshop
Jegan Vincent de Paul 09
Jessica Wheelock 10
RECYCLING CULTURE is a week-long project-based workshop to examine the contemporary crises of waste through critical and creative forms of expression.
This intensive hands-on workshop asks participants to develop independent or collaborative projects to consider the culture, politics and processes of waste
production in an artistic medium, such as sculpture temporary installation, performance or photography. Participants will conceptualize and develop ways of turning waste itself into a creative and constructive medium.
Please see http://recyclingculture.mit.edu for more info on the workshop.
On Friday January 28th, we will have a one-day exhibit of the workshop projects in an open public space at MIT, with a discussion and review by guest critics.
Contact: Sam Magee, W20-429, x3-4004, sammagee@mit.edu
Sponsor: Student Art Association

Residential Energy Savings: Real vs. Modeled
Michael Blasnik, Independent Consultant
Thu Jan 13, 06:30-08:00pm, 32-141

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Michael Blasnik will explain:
 How to save the most energy in your home
 Why real world savings don’t always equal modeled savings
 Why the energy efficiency field needs great researchers

Michael Blasnik:
 Has analyzed the energy use of millions of homes over the last 25 years
 Heads the energy impact evaluation for the National Weatherization Assistance Program
 Is feisty, funny, and informative

This event is cosponsored by MITEI, Sustainability@MIT, the MIT Energy Club, HEET, Cambridge Energy Alliance and Greenport
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Jennifer DiMase, E19-319, 452-3199, jdimase@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Strategic Opportunities in Residential Energy Efficiency
Harvey Michaels
Thu Jan 13, 02:30-04:00pm, 56-154

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The year ahead will be an important one for concept of enabling efficiency as an energy resource, very challenging and with high stakes for its long term viability. It’s a great time to get engaged! In this session, we will discuss new strategies being developed or tested to more successfully mitigate market barriers to efficiency in homes, including consideration of:
• New models for utility and government-supported incentives, including Green Communities
• Behavior/feedback systems, supported by Internet and “smart” electric/gas meters.
• New business approaches, and policies promotive of innovation.

Please come and share your thoughts on:
• What are the big ideas that change everything?
• How will consumers respond to them?
• How do we align incentives with objectives?
• How can efficiency performance be effectively measured?

Harvey Michaels directs the multidisciplinary MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, which performs case research and analysis of utility, community, and smart grid-enabled efficiency deployment models.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Harvey Michaels, hgm@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Technical Workshop on Grid Integration of Wind Energy
Katherine Dykes, Kathy Araujo
Fri Jan 21, 09am-05:00pm, 26-100, https://sites.google.com/site/

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Jan-2011
Limited to 400 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: none
Fee: for no charge to student, fee to external participants

The Current Status and Future of Wind and the Grid

Friday January 21, 2009
9am - 5 pm, MIT Bldg. 26-100
Registration Required - Sign-Up Today!

Wind energy contributes to an ever-growing percentage of electricity generation worldwide. The increased overall percentage of electricity generation that comes from this intermittent resource has led to a lot of discussion over the last decade on the furture development of the grid and the impacts and implications of large scale wind energy development. This workshop will bring several experts in the area of wind-grid integration to MIT for a full day workshop that will explore issues from short-term grid code specificaitons to long-term capacity expansion planning and policy.
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/mitwindweek2011/wind-integration-workshop
Contact: Katherine Dykes, E62-367-2, (617) 650-7888, dykesk@mit.edu
Sponsor: Energy Club

Tour of Energy Features of Sloan E62
Peter Cooper, Frank Higson
Thu Jan 20, 01-02:00pm, E62 Lobby -New Sloan
Thu Jan 20, 02-03:00pm, E62 Lobby -New Sloan

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 17-Jan-2011
Limited to 25 participants.
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

Energy efficient features of the new Sloan Building (E62) will be visited and discussed on this tour conducted by Department of Facilities' Engineers. Sloan is the most efficient building of its kind on the MIT campus. Features incorporated to achieve this will be shown, and the integrated design process that was employed will be described.

For more information about this building visit: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/construction/completed/sloan.html

RSVP to Damaris Colono by 1/17/2011 4:00 pm.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Damaris Colono, damarisc@plant.mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative
Cosponsor: Department of Facilities

Tour of the MIT Research Reactor
Edward Lau
Wed Jan 12, Fri Jan 14, 21, Wed Jan 26, 10am-12:00pm, NW12 1st floor desk

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 18-Jan-2011
Limited to 25 participants.
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

Learn how the MIT Research Reactor is operated and utilized. A descriptive lecture and a walking tour of the lab will be given with emphasis on interdisciplinary research and applications. Advance sign up and photo ID required. To register, send email including full name (each full name, if signing up more than one person), relation to MIT, and which tour date you prefer. If no date is specified, then one will be assigned.
Contact: Edward Lau, NW12-116, x3-4211, eslau@mit.edu
Sponsor: Nuclear Reactor Lab

UN Climate Roundtable: What should we expect from the UN climate negotiation process? A Discussion of International Climate Governance
Rebecca Dell
Wed Jan 19, 03-04:00pm, 5-231

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The international community unanimously resolved to "prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system" at Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In the 18 years since then, we have achieved one binding international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--the Kyoto Protocol--but global emissions now exceed the worst case scenario outlined in the 1990s. Many have found the international process slow, confusing, and uninspiring, but there is no viable alternative framework for addressing a truly international problem like climate change.

Please join us for a round-table discussion on the UN climate negotiations process, where we will try to clarify how the UN is addressing climate change, what are some of the key sources of conflict and obstruction, and where the UN is making progress (because we are making progress in some areas). The discussion will be lead by Rebecca Dell, a PhD student in climate science and the MIT student delegate to the recent meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico.

Light refreshments will be served.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Rebecca Dell, rwdell@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Wind Energy 101
Katherine Dykes
Fri Jan 14, 11am-12:00pm, 3-133

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Come join for an overview of wind energy fundamentals from the physical resource, to the technology, to the economics, policy and social impacts. For details on our wind energy activities, please see http://windenergy.mit.edu

Co-sponsored by the MIT Wind Energy Sub-Community of the Energy Club
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/iap
Contact: Katherine Dykes, dykesk@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

Wind Week Technical Workshop on Wind Grid Integration
WEPA and the MIT Energy Club Wind Energy Group
Fri Jan 21, 09am-05:00pm, 26-100

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Single session event

Full day workshop featuring various international experts on topics related to integration of wind energy into the electric grid: from short term fluctuation and control to long-term planning and policy.

Registration is required; see website below for details.

Cosponsored by MIT Wind Energy Projects in Action and the MIT Energy Club Wind Energy Group.
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/mitwindweek2011/wind-integration-workshop
Contact: Katherine Dykes, dykesk@mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Energy Initiative

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