‘After Fossil Fuels’ conference coming to Oberlin

Staff Report

A landmark conference called “After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy” will be held Oct. 6-8 in Oberlin, featuring former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Bill Ritter of Colorado, and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.

Sponsors Oberlin College and the Oberlin Project say the goal is to bring together some of the most innovative and influential thinkers in the world with key elected officials who have a solid and active track record on climate change issues.

“The most critical issue we face is climate change,” said David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and founder of the Oberlin Project. “Climate and energy issues are flip sides of the same coin. We are now in the transition to a very different economy and we don’t have a lot of time to get this right.”

Speakers will include bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sierra Club president Michael Brune, NexGen Climate founder Tom Styer, Carbon Tracker Initiative founder and director Mark Campanale, and dozens more.

Schwarzenegger, Ritter, and Granholm “are important speakers because most of the action on climate change has been at state levels and it is the states who have been the real drivers in climate policy,” said Orr. “October is just one month before a critical presidential election and we need to be heard in that cacophony.”

“After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy” will be the first major event to be held in the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center.

The state-of-the-art conference center, located within The Hotel at Oberlin, is ground-breaking for its smart energy engineering. It is on target to become one of the rare LEED Platinum hotels and conference centers in the U.S. and is the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District.

Financial support for the Conference is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, and a dozen anonymous donors.

For more information, including a full list of participants, speaker schedule, and ticket information visit http://tinyurl.com/hctys9b.

Staff Report