EPL / NU Emeriti Organization host two-part series on climate change and alternative energy

Alternative energy “Fight Climate Change with Sun, Wind, Water & Nuclear Energy,” a 2-part mini-course offered by the Northwestern Emeriti Organization (NEO) in collaboration with Evanston Public Library, will take place on two evenings in March: Tuesday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 16 at 7 pm.

The course, taught by Professor emeritus Elmer Lewis, former chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, will focus on discussing strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel use and finding ways to utilize renewable energy sources on a larger scale.

The first lecture will include a discussion about the electricity currently produced through fossil fuel use as well as the challenges of using renewable low-carbon fuel sources: solar, wind, hydroelectric, and nuclear energy. Special attention will be given to exploring the public’s aversion to nuclear energy. The second lecture will address the challenges of large-scale wind and solar energy use, the economics of electricity supply, and the effects of the widespread use of intermittent power production.

This non-credit mini-course is the fourth in a series offered by the Library in partnership with the NEO. No specialized technical knowledge is necessary—it’s a unique opportunity for anyone in the Evanston community interested in renewable energy sources to learn from senior faculty at one of the nation’s leading research universities at no cost.

Lewis, author of How Safe is Safe Enough, is an expert on fossil fuel alternatives with a special interest in assessing the risks of adopting various clean energy sources. This course uses risk assessment to critically examine the issue of reducing emissions, acknowledging the pros and cons of large national infrastructure projects, as well as the grave consequences of doing nothing to end our reliance on fossil fuels.

Register online. Zoom links and optional preparatory reading will be provided to all participants.


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