What’s Happening This Week?



At The Boulder Stand we have our ears to the ground so we know what’s going on around town.  Every week we publish a list of upcoming events.  This week Boulder’s talking about hydraulic fracturing, the City of Boulder’s energy future, renewable energy and more.

“Hydraulic Fracturing – Environmental Perspective,” Hosted by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). October 17.  
What? Research assessing the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on the environment and human health is important as this technique for extracting natural gas expands in the U.S. and worldwide.  Hydrogeologist Stephen Osborn will present research on the impact of intensive natural gas extraction on shallow groundwater at a site in northeast Pennsylvania.
Where? ARC 620, CU-Boulder (next to the INSTAAR building).  Map
Time? 12 – 1 p.m.
Cost? Free

“The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World,” Hosted by the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. October 19. 
What? What does the future of sustainable energy, our economy and way of life look like?  Pulitzer Prize winner and expert on energy, international politics and economics Dan Yergin will present his recent work “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World.”  Dr. Yergin received the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.”
 Where?  Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building, CU-Boulder. Map
Time? 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost? Free

“The 2011 Inaugural Carver Colloquium: The Governance of Renewable Energy Transmission,” Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and the John A. Carver, Jr. Chair. October 20.   
What? Transferring renewable energy, or developing a “transmission infrastructure” for renewable energy is a challenge.  Getting renewable energy to rural users often means crossing local, state and regional jurisdictions.  Two models for overcoming the renewable energy governing challenges will be presented at the Carver Colloquium.  Colorado Governor and Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy Bill Ritter, Jr. will present one governing model and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the University of Florida Robin Kundis Craig will present the other model.

Where?  University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Driving Directions
Time? 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost? Free.  Registration required

“Xcel of Boulder Light and Power: What Is The Right Choice For Boulder’s Energy Future?” October 18.   
What? Will a municipal electrical utility enable Boulder to achieve greater equity, ecological health and economic prosperity than a continued partnership with Xcel?  Hunter Lovins, who is recognized worldwide as a leader in helping companies and corporations incorporate sustainable practices, will describe Boulder’s future climate and energy challenges.  Following Lovins, professional and student activists from each side of the debate will present their case.
Where? Hale Science, Room 270, CU-Boulder.  Map
Time? 5 – 7 p.m.
Cost? Free

“‘Wasteland:’ Film screening,” Hosted by “CU Going Local.” October 18. 
Oscar-nominated documentary “Wasteland” conveys “lessons about what society discards.”  The film follows garbage pickers in Rio de Janeiro mining treasures from the Jardim Gramacho landfill.  A guest speaker will lead discussions following the film.
Where? Hellems 181, CU-Boulder.  Map
Time? 6:30 p.m.
Cost? Free

Photo credit:  Squirmelia via Flickr

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