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Nashville Sustainability Events Group Message Board › New Meetup: Tennessee's Energy the Future - Roundtable Discussion

New Meetup: Tennessee's Energy the Future - Roundtable Discussion

Dodd G.
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Nashville, TN
Announcing a new Meetup for Nashville Sustainability Events Group!

What: Tennessee's Energy the Future - Roundtable Discussion

When: Monday, June 20, 2011 6:00 PM

Where: Friends Meeting House

530 26th Ave. N.

Nashville, TN 37209

Tennessee's Energy -  the Future Roundtable Discussion Monday, June 20, 6 - 7:30pm

Friends Meeting House 530 26th Ave. N. (off Charlotte Pk.) Nashville, TN 37209

Panelists: Albert Bates, Dodd Galbraith, John McFadden, Tom Roberts, Don Safer (see their bios below)   

We will be discussing the challenges posed by nuclear, coal, and natural gas energy with an emphasis on hydrofracking. The meeting will also focus on green jobs and the promotion of sustainable energy, including micro energy for homes and businesses.             

Those attending will include members of local environmental groups. The NPJC Roundtables feature discussions leading to action. The TVA is in the center of energy controversies and Senator Alexander is very influential on energy policy.     

Can we prevent catastrophic climate change?     
Can we protect our water and stop the pollution created by mountain top removal and hydrofracking in Tennessee?
Is there good fracking and bad fracking?         
Will Tennessee make the committed investment to replace coal?
Can we pressure the state to promote sustainable energy and to create green jobs?  

Currently, TVA's green power switch is cited on their web site as producing enough energy with waste methane, solar (including subscribers), and wind for about 15,000 families.       

Is nuclear power part of our energy future, even though the current 2nd and 3rd generation reactors are untenable?

Please come! Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Nashville Peace & Justice Center,, 650-8868


Albert Bates has been Director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee since 1994, where he has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology to students from more than 50 nations. His books include The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change (2010); The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times (2006); Climate in Crisis: The Greenhouse Effect and What You Can Do (1990) and Shutdown!: Nuclear Power on Trial (1979). 

Dodd Galbreath is the founding director of  Institute for Sustainable Practice (ISP) at Lipscomb University. The ISP's mission is to develop and advance the practice of Sustainability in Tennessee and the world by training the next generation of green professionals . Serving two former governors, Galbreath led efforts to implement a nationally recognized wetlands conservation plan; to create one of the nation's first environmental justice plans; guided passage of five legislative proposals to manage competing water allocations and transfers and designation of the first state scenic river in 25 years. He also worked with SCOM on coal issues. 

John McFadden is the executive director of the Tennessee Environmental Council. For forty years, the Council has been working to protect the environment in Tennessee. The Councils efforts have been successful in protecting the Great Smoky Mountains, cleaning up the Pigeon River, reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, and preventing degradation of high quality streams and the globally significant Duck River Watershed.

Tom Roberts started his career as a nuclear engineer at the Savannah River Plant; subsequently, he has worked as a computer scientist consulting at institutions such as Caltech and NASA.  As a founding member of  the Union of Concerned Scientists, he has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years.  Roberts in his youth joined Earth First and learned how to climb trees. He is now writing a history of planetary science and the future of mankind in the anthropocene period which began in 1950. An appropriate title might be "The Last Hundred Years".

Don Safer is an activist working with a local chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League called Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team (BEST) organizing citizens to oppose nuclear plant construction. United Mountain Defense is dedicated to protecting Tennessee's watersheds, air, mountains and people.  UMD conducts activities in three principle areas: scientific monitoring and data collection, community organizing including outreach and education, and data collection and analysis from federal and state agencies. Hopefully a representative will be present to present their position on mountain top removal for coal and hydrofracking for natural gas.
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