WWU’s Joel Swisher to Discuss Clean Energy Oct. 27 in Miller 138

Joel Swisher, director of Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, will discuss clean energy as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Access to modern energy services, including efficient usage, is essential to realize 20th century, let alone 21st century, living standards. Yet a transition from inefficient use of fossil fuels to a clean, efficient energy system is key to mitigate global climate change and other environmental and security risks.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Modern, Clean Energy: Entry to the 20th Century and Survival for the 21st Century,” Swisher will discuss ongoing efforts at WWU to create a green, low-carbon campus that will enable students, faculty and staff to work together, link classroom learning to campus action, and prepare the next generation of energy leaders in technology, policy, and business.

Swisher is director of the Institute for Energy Studies and research professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University. The Institute offers interdisciplinary education and training related to the science, technology, policy and business aspects of the conversion and use of energy resources. Previously, Swisher was consulting associate professor at Stanford University and an independent consultant in clean energy technology and business strategy.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.

The Huxley College Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.

WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.

For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.