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Hear Dr. Paulina Jaramillo Discuss Our Climate Future
Nov 06

Hear Dr. Paulina Jaramillo Discuss Our Climate Future

By Phipps Conservatory

Phipps is proud to co-sponsor the next installment in University of Pittsburgh Honors College's always-engaging Climate Change Series of lectures. Join us Thurs., Nov. 19 at Alumni Hall's Connolly Ballroom (4227 Fifth Avenue) to hear Dr. Paulina Jaramillo, assistant professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, who will present "Climate Impacts and Regulation: The Future of Coal Power Plants and the U.S. Power Grid." 

Until very recently, the U.S did not have any comprehensive regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Then, this year, the Environmental Protection Agency published the final Clean Power Plan rule, which aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants, which account for roughly 30% of national greenhouse gas emissions. Coal power plants have historically provided up to 50% of the electricity generated in the U.S. They also have the highest greenhouse gas emission rates. In her talk, Dr. Jaramillo will discuss the work of her research group over the last 10 years to understand the climate implications of coal use in the U.S. and how recent regulatory changes may affect the future of the U.S. power system.

The University of Pittsburgh Honors College Climate Change Series is presented in cooperation with Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The National Aviary, and the NAS/NAE Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

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To learn more about Dr. Jaramillo's work, watch the video below, which documents her research on how to provide energy access in a sustainable way to people in the developing world.

Select images © Paulina Jaramillo, University of Pittsburgh Honors College, Paul g. Wiegman