Climate Resilience, Energy Justice, and Security: The Renewable Energy Transformation

Climate Resilience, Energy Justice, and Security: The Renewable Energy Transformation Conference

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June 18-20, 2018 |
Northeastern University–Seattle
401 Terry Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109

About the Event:
Strengthening communities through developing alternative energy sources can contribute to resilience and response to shocks to our systems. This 3-day short course will examine how we can address challenges to resilience on a global scale, by drawing on research from around the world and lessons from recent disasters. While some of the risks that Seattle faces are unique to the region, particularly a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, building resilience in any region requires an understanding of how its critical systems interconnect. In all disasters, law enforcement, public officials, private sector emergency managers, and many other stakeholders must be able to quickly and efficiently work together to respond and recover. In energy systems, the greatest resilience exists where alternatives can substitute in when disaster strikes.

Renewable energy systems can aid in building this resilience. Technologies such as microgrids enable systems to isolate themselves from shocks, ensuring power sustainability through periods of crisis and reducing the stress on recovery operators.

However, the transition away from fossil fuels towards more efficient, secure and resilient renewable-based energy systems requires much more than a technological substitution; communities will need to undergo social, institutional and cultural change. During this 3-day short course, social structures and policy processes that reinforce and perpetuate fossil fuel reliance will be interrogated, as will the opportunities and challenges of energy system change. Tensions associated with systemic versus incremental change, centralized versus decentralized systems, and infrastructural lock-in versus flexibility will be explored.

This 3-day short course will bring together practitioners from security, emergency management, climate resilience, and energy sector in the public, private and NGO communities.

Join us for this unique experience as we bridge the gap and break down silos.