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Experts Advisory: A 40 Year Retrospective of Earth Day

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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John Delano, Distinguished Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Professor John Delano is an expert on solar and renewable energy.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2010) -- With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaching, University at Albany environmental experts are contemplating how sustainable the world has become in the past four decades.

40 Years of Earth Day – Are we better stewards of the land? What federal environmental policies have been enacted to support sustainability efforts? Professor John Delano, an expert on solar power, renewable energy and environmental science, offers insight into the past 40 years of Earth Day and talks about UAlbany’s efforts to become a more sustainable campus.

Climate Change –Is the globe really warming? Lecturer Steven Leibo provides an historical perspective on climate change and whether or not we are winning the battle in the race for the future of humanity. Leibo was among those personally trained by former Vice President Al Gore to give updated versions of the famous Climate Crisis presentation from the Academy Award Winning Film The Inconvenient Truth. He has given several dozen presentations at a range of institutions from high schools and colleges to libraries. 

Clean Energy -- China’s investments in renewable energy in 2009 exceeded those made by the United States for the first time, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Renewable energy investments remained healthy globally, despite a severe recession, the study said. Professor Pradeep Haldar discusses alternative energy technologies, solar energy and fuel cells. His focus is to support energy and environmental technology deployment through accelerated commercialization.

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Francelina Morillo, '10, majoring in psychology and biology
UAlbany Students

"I want to make the world a better place. I want to inspire other people like myself, who've faced adversity and persevered and continue to pursue their dreams," said senior Francelina Morillo.

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