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Shifting Energy Culture Series

The Shifting Energy Cultures Series is part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Institute for Energy and the Environment that explores the social ordering of choices, problems and practices that shape "energy cultures" in campus environments. We will use Drexel’s "smart grid" building system as a case study and living lab.

This series of talks invites students and others on campus to look more closely at our electricity systems, power usage, and how "smart" technologies are helping us to understand campus energy usage better. A group of invited speakers will help us to bring energy issues to the foreground, engaging in discussions of energy efficiency and informing us about what resources exist to manage energy demand on campus, locally in our city, in our region and beyond. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Click here to see videos, bios and additional resources from each seminar.

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm

Februrary 11th - Get Smart: The Drexel Smart Campus

March 11th - Building Energy Benchmarking

April 8th - Get Innovative with Energy: Research & Innovation

May 27th - Energy Wise: Citizen Scientists and Open Data

Concerning the Global-scale Introduction of Renewable Energies: Technical and Economic Challenges

Friday, March 13, 2015


162 Curtis Hall

3141 Chestnut Street

Professor emeritus David Faiman is an Israeli engineer and physicist. He is a world expert on solar power, the director of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center and Chairman of the Department of Solar Energy & Environmental Physics at Ben-Gurion University's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sde Boker. Author of more then 100 scientific and conference papers. He is Israel's representative to the Task and Photovoltaic Specialist Committee of the International Energy Agency and co-authored their book, Energy from the Desert: Practical Proposals for Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems (James & James, London, 2007).

East Asia under the Scope of Environmental History

Friday, March 13, 2015


2019/2002 Macalister Hall

33rd and Chestnut Street

Venture into history on the grand scale and search for a foundational question: how has the history in East Asia - China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan - been shaped by the environmental impacts? To respond such question, the study of environmental history in East Asia has been guided by three rules of thumb: population, evidence and environmental impact. Scholars have focused on those parts of East Asia where the highest concentrations of population developed, where we have the best evidence, and where a trajectory toward state, empire, and economic transformation seems to suggest the central problems of human condition in the region lie. The current environmental conditions have to be seen as a mushrooming complex of rapid population growth and resource and energy demands, accelerating advances in science and technology, and local/regional and increasingly environmental impacts. The fundamental question facing the East Asian societies is the simple question of sustainability. However, answers to that question won’t be simple but must involve researches by multi-disciplines and cultural understandings. Dr. Liu will explore the routes that have been taken in Taiwan, and seek audience suggestions for further development and collaboration between Drexel University and Academia Sinica. 

IExE Speaker Series - A Conversation on America's Energy Roadmap

On October 21st, 2014 Dean Joseph Hughes sat down with Dr. Kristina Johnson to talk about America’s energy roadmap. Dr. Johnson was the former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy in the Obama Administration where under her leadership the department developed a Strategic Technologies Energy Plan.  The plan provides a roadmap for how the United States can reduce its dependence on imported oil, dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create an ultra-low carbon electric grid.  Dr. Johnson is currently the Founder and CEO of Enduring Hydro, which modernizes existing hydropower to improve its environmental performance. Click here to view their discussion.

Seminar Series - Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities

Running the first Wednesday of every month April 2014 - March 2015 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Drexel University or via webinar.  More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. This demographic shift creates a host of new opportunities, but also some new risks, especially given the challenges posed by climatic extremes. This timely seminar series focuses attention on these issues, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address them. Click here to see the full schedule of topics.

IExE Speaker Series - A Conversation on the Clean Energy Economy

On April 8, 2014 Dean Joseph Hughes, Founding Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE), sat down with former governor Bill Ritter, who is the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.  Dean Hughes and Gov. Ritter discussed the meaning of clean energy and the New Energy Economy in the context of climate change and a rapidly evolving energy landscape.  Click here to view their conversation.