How We Move on: Planning for a Future without Fossil Fuels

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As the world faces the urgent need to address climate change, the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources has become a critical priority. We know we need drastic change – and it’s essential we phase out systems that emit greenhouse gases. So, how do we move forward? And what will this process look like?

Dr. Grubert, civil engineer and environmental sociologist, studies exactly these questions. As the 2023 Leeson Lecturer, she’ll discuss how we can navigate this massive, society-wide shift as safely – and quickly – as possible. During the “midtransition” period, where we’re retiring fossil fuel infrastructure while developing new systems, it’s essential to ensure that services are still provided and that our systems remains safe. This will be especially challenging for high-hazard industries that may be difficult to manage. Dr. Grubert will draw on her expertise to describe the challenges and opportunities presented by the clean energy transition, examining the social, economic, and political factors that influence its progress. Attendees can expect a thought-provoking and informative discussion on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Robert Leeson and his wife Peggy

About the Leeson Lecture

The Leeson Lecture, to be held this year on Thursday, June 15, was established in 2019 thanks to the generous support of donors. It honors Metcalf Institute’s longest serving Advisory Board member, Robert Leeson, Jr.

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2023 public lecture series