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Energy Sprawl Solutions: Balancing Global Development and Conservation

November 29 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

A Stegner Center Green Bag Series Lecture with Joseph Kiesecker, Lead Scientist & Director, Development by Design, The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Team

12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Over the next several decades, as human populations grow and developing countries become more affluent, the demand for energy will soar. Parts of the energy sector are preparing to meet this demand by increasing renewable energy production, which is necessary to combat climate change. But many renewable energy sources have a large energy sprawl—the amount of land needed to produce energy—which can threaten biodiversity and conservation. Is it possible to meet this rise in energy demand, while still conserving natural places and species?

In Energy Sprawl Solutions, scientists Joseph M. Kiesecker and David Naugle provide a roadmap for preserving biodiversity despite the threats of energy sprawl. Their strategy—development by design—brings together companies, communities, and governments to craft blueprints for sustainable land development. This commonsense approach identifies and preemptively sets aside land where biodiversity can thrive while consolidating development in areas with lower biodiversity value. This approach makes sense for energy industries and governments, which can confidently build sustainability into their energy futures.

This contributed volume brings together experts in diverse fields such as biodiversity conservation, ecology, ecosystem services, wildlife, fisheries, planning, energy, economics, and finance. Early chapters set the context for global patterns of biodiversity risk from energy extraction and the challenges of achieving a green future while maintaining energy security. Middle chapters are devoted to case studies from countries around the world, each describing a different energy sector and the collaborative process involved in planning complex energy projects in a way that maximizes biodiversity protection. Detailed maps and charts help orient readers to countries and energy sectors, providing proof for what is possible.

With biodiversity declining rapidly because of an energy-hungry world, this book provides a needed guide for elected officials, industry representatives, NGOs and community groups who have a stake in sustainable energy-development planning.

This event will be streamed and recorded on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube channel »

Speaker Bio:

Joseph Kiesecker is a Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Team. In this capacity his main responsibilities include developing new tools, methods, and techniques that improve conservation. He pioneered the Conservancy’s Development by Design strategy, to improve impact mitigation through the incorporation of predictive modeling to provide solutions that benefits conservation goals and development. He also conducts his own research in areas ranging from disease ecology, to the effectiveness of new conservation tools such as conservation easements.

 

1 hour of CLE (pending). Lunch provided.
No registration required. Free and open to the public.

The King’s English Bookshop will be onsite selling this book.

This lecture is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund and The Nature Conservancy

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Date:
November 29
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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College of Law
Phone:
801-585-3479
Email:
events@law.utah.edu

Venue

S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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