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Shifting Energy Cultures Series

February 2, 2015

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 fore- ground, 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.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy and the Center for Science, Technology and Society.

Lunch will be provided. Please register via Eventbrite.


Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center, Room 240
Get Smart: The Drexel Smart Campus

We all turn on the lights and expect electricity to flow, but how efficient is our energy use on Drexel’s campus? Did you know that our campus uses energy demand management and demand reduction measures? This is the first session in a series of talks on Energy Culture in Smart Campus Environments. Open to everyone, this session will introduce the Drexel Campus Smart Grid: what it is, how it works, and how you can find out more about your own energy usage.

Session Speakers:
John E. McDonald, PECO
Paul Reed, Viridity Energy’s VPower System, Drexel University
Chika Nwankpa, College of Engineering, Drexel University
Bill Taylor, Mechanical and Maintenance Services, Drexel University

MARCH 11, 2015

Get Your Grid On: Smart Grid, Micro Grid, Off Grid

Speakers Include:
Will Agate, Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, Navy Yard
Kenny Shephard, Azavea
Richard Freeh, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

APRIL 08, 2015

Get Innovative with Energy: Research & Innovation

Speakers Include:
Clinton J. Andrews, Director, Rutgers Center for Green Buildings & Rutgers Energy Institute 
Saifur Rahman, Joseph Loring Professor of ECE, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Shove, Director, Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre, Lancaster University, UK
Janine Morley, DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University, UK

MAY 27, 2015

Energy Wise: Citizen Scientists and Open Data

Speakers Include:
Sara Wylie, Northeastern University
Kirk Jalbert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Nick Shapiro, Chemical Heritage Foundation
Gwen Ottinger, Drexel University