Jennifer Osgood


First Presentation

Questions from the first presentation

  1. Perhaps mention more about “honor our trust responsibilities to tribes?”
  2. With respect to government conservation policy, how does the lobbying power of environmental groups compare to that of corporations that profit from the destruction of the environment?
  3. What specific energy sources does Obama propose?
  4. Specifically what jobs is Obama intending to create with his proposed plan? Specifically what alternative energies will be funded?
  5. I’m very curious to learn more about the “low-hanging fruit” in energy conservation, the already existing or easy-to-develop technologies that could help us get more out of every unit of energy we consume.
  6. I’m under the impression that conserving paper (say, by recycling) is actually more energy intensive than just creating new paper.  Is there any truth to this statement?  If so, how do we decide what resources are worth conserving and which are not?
  7. You talked about a bunch of different governmental policies and acts. How effective have they been in promoting conservation?
  8. By what percent could conserving energy on a grand level impact our global energy needs? Can conserving energy significantly make up for the large energy needs of our foreseeable future?
  9. How much will low-hanging fruit help?  Is this type of conservation even necessary? (What I mean here is, since we seem doomed w/o CCS or fusion, when we finally do achieve one of these two, will low-hanging fruit even matter?)

Some more questions

  1. Amory Lovins introduced the concept of “negawatts”---power saved by improving the efficiency with which we use energy. Does he assume that we will have to make do with less, or does he aim to provide comfort levels at least as high as we presently have? What are some of the leading ways he proposes to improve our energy efficiency?
  2. Art Rosenfeld recently retired from the California Energy Commission. He is largely credited with keeping California’s per capita electricity use constant for decades. How has he managed this?
  3. How much more expensive is it to build net-zero homes in California? What is the payback period? Should the government have a no-interest loan program to finance the difference in up-front cost?
  4. How much would the price of gasoline have to rise to shift consumer preferences to significantly smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles?
  5. Are smaller cars less safe? Can they be made as safe as, or safer than, SUVs? Does the answer depend on how many SUVs are on the highways?
  6. How much fuel would we save if people drove at 55 mph on the highway?
  7. What is “hypermiling”?
  8. As the population of the southwest continues to grow, if the climate continues to warm and cause a decrease in annual Sierra and Rocky Mountain snow pack, what strategies are there for providing adequate water resources?

~Peter Saeta 2010 March 10 at 11:07 AM PST

  • What is the goal of the conservation movement?
  • What are the main incentives behind the movement?
    • Economic?
    • Human Interests?
    • Environmental?
  • What is the history of the movement?
    • When did the movement gain momentum, and what were the initial motivators?
  • What does conservation look like now?
    • What methods of conservation are being utilized/promoted?
    • What success has been in conservation?
    • What potential success could the movement have, and how much would that success accomplish?
  • What does the future of the movement look like?
    • What policy/government changes are approaching?
    • What new technology is going to change the methods of conservation?
  • What impact does popular culture and the media have on the conservation movement?
    • How has that impact changed over the course of the movement?

As far as sources, I have a book on Environmental Regulation by Percival, Schroeder, Miller and Leape. I also have "Cadillac Desert" which discusses the issue of water conservation in the West.

[PNS] Take a look at Winning the Oil Endgame

Second Presentation


An up-to-date bibliography, although sadly lacking in appropriate MLA formatting.

  • Winning the Oil End Game by Amory B. Lovins et. all.
  • Chapa, Jorge. “First LEED Platinum Carbon Neutral Building!” Inhabit. 08 November, 2007. Web, 26 March, 2010.
  • “The 2020 challenge; Carbon Neutral Building.” Green Council Building Australia. 12 June, 2008. Web, 25 March, 2010.
  • Dorf, Richard C. Technology, Humans, and Society: Toward a Sustainable World. Elsevier, Inc. 2001. Web, 22 March, 2010.
  • Conniff, Richard. Pursuing the Elusive Goal of a Carbon Neutral Building. Yale Environment 360. 03 March, 2009. Web, 25 March, 2010.
  • Pacific Northwest Building Carbon Neutral Initiative. Web, 25 March, 2010. A website with links to Integrated Design Lab websites with information about Carbon Neutral Buildings and other projects going on in the Pacific Northwest, specifically; Seattle, Spokane, Boise, Bozeman, Portland and Eugene.
  • Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Web, 24 March, 2010. A website with articles concerning the development and testing of hybrid vehicles.
  • Ellis, Chris. “Electric Car Future? Fix the Grid First.” Hybridcars; Auto Alternatives for the 21st Century. 26 March, 2010. Web, 27 March, 2010.
  •; a webpage with research performed by companies putting hybrid cars onto the markets.
  • Burnham, Michael. “Governors Call for Carbon-Neutral Buildings; Next step could be green building codes in every state.” Scientific American. 20 July, 2009. Web, 24 March, 2010.