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The keynote address for the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention will be given by Roger Thurow.  Tickets are available for $30 to those not attending the GSB Convention. 


Who is Roger Thurow?

thurow2.jpgRoger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century - along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the recent book, ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.


ENOUGH.jpgThe book explains through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how sometimes well-intentioned strategies have conspired to keep the world's poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves. Thurow and Kilman argue that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge that has haunted the human race since its beginning.

In 2009, the authors were awarded Action Against Hunger's Humanitarian Award.

Tickets to the keynote address are included in the registration fee and can also be purchased individually for $30. See the GSB Registration Page for more information. Thurow will sign copies of ENOUGH following his keynote address.


Register now to attend the GSB Convention or Roger Thurow's presentation!
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Register now for the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention! 

September 14-16, 2010
Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
Hosted by the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, with significant funding support from the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), is pleased to host the fifth of five continental conventions of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) Project. North American convention co-chairs Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, and John Sheehan, scientific program coordinator for biofuels and the global environment at the Institute on the Environment / IREE, invite you to participate in this important event.

The GSB Project is a collaborative effort involving universities and institutes around the world. The aim is to create a vision and path forward for bioenergy as a global resource. Today, there is a great deal of confusion about bioenergy--with questions being raised about how, and if, it is truly a part of a sustainable energy future.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Stephanie Szurek (sjszurek@umn.edu) for more information about the convention or sponsoring for this prestigious, international convention.

Sponsor or Exhibit at E3 2010!

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We've started planning for E3 2010: The Midwest's Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference.    This year's conference will take place on November 30, 2010 at the St. Paul RiverCentre and will also feature a 2nd day Wind Energy Workshop on December 1. 

This year's keynote speakers are international energy expert Daniel Kammen and U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Nicole Lamb-Hale

Join lead sponsors Faegre & Benson and Piper Jaffray in supporting E3 2010 this year!

Why Sponsor?
  • Show your support of the University of Minnesota, Institute on the Environment, Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment and Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Proceeds support undergraduate renewable energy research, in both the lab and the real world. 
  • Gain exposure to interested and relevant researchers and business/industry leaders from Minnesota and across the country
Sponsors Receive
  • Logo recognition on the event website with a 30-word description and link to your organization's website
  • Logo/name in promotional materials
  • Logo in the official event program
  • Logo on posters on-site at the event
  • Complimentary admissions to the conference (amount varies based on level)
  • Complimentary booth in our exhibit hall, November 30 and preference on booth location
  • Invitations to the private VIP reception on Monday, Nov. 29 (amount varies based on level)
Exhibitor benefits
  • Exposure to interested and relevant audience of researchers and business/industry leaders from Minnesot and across the country
  • Organization listing and link to your organization's website on our event website
  • One complimentary admission to conference (for booth staff)
View our Sponsor and Exhibitor Packet for more information! (As of 6/24/10)

Questions?  Ready to sign up?  Contact Stephanie Szurek for more information!

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Here are some photos from last year's E3 Conference:

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Public Forum: The Climate Misinformation Campaign that Confused America
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Featuring special Guest, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, author of the recently published Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming with Erik M. Conway.

Science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, explains what--or rather who--is to blame for the climate misinformation campaign. It's the troubling story of how a cadre of ideologues clouded the public interpretation of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.

"Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have written an important and timely book. Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril."
- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe


Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Wednesday August 11th, 2010, 6 P.M.

  The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and not necessarily
  of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.

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