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It's time to Rock! (for Raingardens)

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Rock for Raingardens - Thursday, December 2

U of M faculty and student musicians will be performing for clean water on Thursday, December 2 at the 400 BarRock for Raingardens will feature "The Gated Community" (8:30), "Hypoxic Punks" (9:30), and "The Big Strong Men" (10:30), voted U of M's best student band. 


All proceeds will go to Metro Blooms, an organization dedicated to cleaning up Minnesota's "troubled waters." Buy your $5 ticket at by tapping the "Rock for Raingardens" link. Tickets can also be purchased through Tickmaster (search "Metro Blooms").

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What does this YouTube video have to do with today's Frontiers in the Environment seminar?
Watch Jeff Bender's presentation Animal Translocation: The Public Health Implications of Moving Animals and Animal Products, now posted on the Frontiers event page!

Click here to watch now.

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Don't miss our upcoming Frontiers seminars:
Emerging Technologies and the Environment: The Right Pushmi-Pullyu?
IonE resident fellow Jennifer Kuzma presents a Frontiers in the Environment talk on the role of emerging technologies with unknown consequences in addressing pressing environmental problems.
Nov. 11

Lester Brown Was Half Right: What We Can Learn From China's Food System
Jim Harkness, president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, presents a Frontiers on the Environment look at China's efforts to feed 22 percent of the world's people on 9 percent of its arable land.
Nov. 17

China's Challenges: Energy, Environment and Development
IonE resident fellow Elizabeth Wilson presents a Frontiers on the Environment talk on energy supply, demand, policy and innovation in the world's most populous country.
Dec. 1

E3 2010: The Midwest's Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference (Nov 30)
Fall 2010 Frontiers in the Environment schedule
IonE Events
U of M Environmental Events (Environmental Portal)

Recent events at the IonE

It's been a busy couple of weeks as far as events go at the IonE, and there's more to come!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpgFirst off, we had 2 excellent seminars last week. As part of our Frontiers in the Environment seminar series on Wednesday, October 6, Eray Aydil presented "Eight-track Tapes, Compact Discs and Solar Cells."  View his powerpoint presentation here.

On Friday, October 8 we were pleased to bring special guest and friend of Jon Foley, Brian Stone, Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, for a special seminar.  He presented "Extreme Heat in Cities: Notes from the Front Line of Climate Change," looking at warming trends in U.S. cities and strategies for managing climate change in urban environments. Click here to view his presentation. 

Just yesterday, Jason Hill provided our Frontiers in the Environment seminar, "Fuelish Choices: Improving Sustainability of Transportation" which the seminar room and ignited many discussions about the consequences of our various transportation fuel options, including "none of the above."  If you missed it, the video of his presentation is posted here.

Also yesterday, October 13, IonE director Jonathan Foley presented "Another Inconvenient Truth" at the TEDxTC conference at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   Video of his presentation will be posted at TEDxTC's website soon - we can't wait to check it out (again!)


The next Frontiers in the Environment seminar, October 20, will be presented by Alexandra Klass of the U of M School of Law.  She will be presenting "Property Rights on the New Frontier: Climate Change, Natural Resource Development, and Renewable Energy." If you'd like to do a little preparation in advance for Professor Klass's presentation, she's provided us to a link to view her paper online.

california-sven-elieas-thumb.jpgA Sea Change, 
November 4 at noon - Coffman Union theater
Join us for a look at the other side of global warming in a screening of the award-winning film, A Sea Change. This feature-length documentary is the first to focus on the significant and largely unrecognized impact of ocean acidification. This event is free and open to the public.

Thanks to the Science Museum of Minnesota for allowing us to screen this for IonE supporters, students, faculty and staff.  A special evening showing at the SMM will feature a panel discussion following the screening.
E3 2010: Register now!
Registration is now open for E3 2010: The Midwest's Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference.
Featuring keynote speakers Daniel Kammen and Nicole Lamb-Hale, and a second day focused entirely on Wind Energy in the Upper Midwest.
Registrations available for each day individually or both together at a reduced rate.

Fall 2010 Frontiers in the Environment schedule
IonE Events
U of M Environmental Events (Environmental Portal)

Please join IREE supporter, North Central Cleantech Open, in celebrating its first year and the accomplishments of its participant companies.

The event will feature the announcement of the North Central finalists who will move on to Silicon Valley to compete with Cleantech entrepreneurs from around the country for a grand prize package of up to $250k of investment and services!

There will also be a trade show with exhibiting and showcasing of our participant companies, partner organizations and sponsors.


Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401


5:15 pm -- Trade show starts with exhibits from 2010 Participant Companies, Partners and Sponsors.

6:15 pm - 8:30 pm -- Awards program, including announcement of 2010 regional winners.

*Awards program will also include a keynote and insights from prominent industry experts.

Who Should Attend

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Corporate, Media and Civic Leaders who want to help foster the local cleantech and renewable economy, and learn more about the exciting contestant companies who will represent North Central in the world's largest cleantech business competition. The North Central region includes participant companies from various states including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

For more information, visit

Interested in attending Roger Thurow's keynote presentation at the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention, but not sure?

Here's a preview of what Thurow will talk about on September 15.

Don't forget to see my last blog post for details on how you can get half-price tickets to Thurow's talk! 


thurow2.jpgRoger Thurow, author of ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest are Starving in an Age of Plenty will be speaking at the Marquette Hotel on Tuesday, September 15 as part of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention. 

His talk, Raising the Clamor on Ending Hunger, will focus on opening our eyes to the problem of world hunger and how we can focus on ending this widespread problem through grassroots efforts, government policies and agriculture development.

Thurow will be signing copies of his book after the presentation.  Copies of ENOUGH can be bought through pre-sale on the registration site, or at the event.

Want to see Thurow's inspiring presentation, but can't afford the $30 price tag?  As thanks for reading the IonEvents blog, we'll give you half off the admission price to this event!

  • Click Register here!
  • Select "Sept 15 - Keynote by Roger Thurow (only): $30.00"
  • In the "Discount Code" box, enter blog15
  • Proceed through the registration process - your final fee will be discounted $15!
Public Form on Renewable Energy Opportunities & Plans for a Sustainable Community at UMore Park

Thursday, July 29, 2010
5:00 to 7:15 p.m.
Banquet Room, Rosemount Community Center

Learn more about the launch of wind energy research at UMore Park and opportunities for related renewable energy innovation.

  • Learn about the wind energy research consortium project launching at UMore Park, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Discuss innovations in renewable energy in the context of a sustainable community
  • Explore opportunities for regional economic development through renewable energy technologies
  • View informational exhibits and talk with researchers about aspects of the wind energy research project, as well as other energy-related research and education activities
The event will include a light meal and refreshments starting at 5:00pm.

Featured speakers:

  • Carla Carlson, Executive Director, Office for UMore Park Academic Initatives and VP for Operations
  • Mostafa Kaveh, Associate Dean for Research and Planning, College of Science and Engineering
  • Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D, President, Dakota County Technical College


Julie Bodurtha, or 612-626-8431

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If you missed Phil Pienkos' presentation, "Rebuilding the Aquatic Species Program at NREL" you can watch it here.

Below are photos from Pienkos' visit.  Click any of the photos to see them full sized.

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Click here to watch Phil Pienkos, "Rebuilding the Aquatic Species Program at NREL."


Other upcoming events at the Institute on the Environment on the IonE Events Page.
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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  of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.

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