University of Virginia Engineering School Symposium Tackles Global Energy Dilemma

April 17, 2008 — A panel of experts will address the question of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States during the final session of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science's energy lecture series on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in room G004-A of Ruffner Hall.

The series, "The Future is Now: The Business, Technology and Politics of Global Energy," is presented by the Engineering School in collaboration with U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, School of Architecture and School of Law. The series focuses on national and global energy issues.

The last presentation, "Curbing CO2 Emissions in the U.S.: Can Policy and Technology Make an Immediate Impact?" features Shelley Fidler, managing director of environmental and governmental resources for VanNess Feldman law firm; Don Kirwan, professor of chemical engineering at U.Va.; and Lynn Coleman, an attorney with Skadden and Arps LLP.

The discussion will focus on whether or not voluntary initiatives are sufficient to curb carbon dioxide reduction and, if not, what might be the key to an effective national strategy.