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IESES Newsletter

February 2010 
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Here at IESES, we serve as a public resource. This newsletter highlights the research of our colleagues and noteworthy items related to achieving a sustainable energy economy. If you have news to share, please let us know.
Watch the Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy - Part I and Part II Online Now

Both links will take you to the panelists' bios, presentations and other information about that specific Symposium. 
Weir Takes Top Prize at Media Art's Festival
Image of Ian WeirIan Weir won the Best in Category for his environmental public service announcement (PSA) entitled "Imagine Green." The award was in the PSA/Commercial Category at the 2010 Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts Image of Melanie SimmonsFacultyImage of Andy Opel Competition. Ian received his Masters of Fine Arts at The Florida State University and is now working at the film school as a post-production specialist. He wrote and directed the piece, the director of photography was Elam Stoltzfus was the director of photography and and Andy Opel          Andy Opel
was the executive producer.

Andy Opel also produced several other PSA's as part of a two-year IESES grant to develop research-based environmental public service announcements. Opel's work in this area has led to the forthcoming Center for Environmental Media Production and Research.  Watch "Imagine Green" and other PSA's here
FAMU-FSU Race Team Competes Internationally
Image of Terrance   RobertsHybrid passenger cars were once a novel concept and now they are readily available. Could hybrid racecars be in our future as well? According to Terrance Roberts of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, eight FAMU-FSU College of Engineering students are among those working to making this a reality.

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The FAMU-FSU Formula Hybrid Team, sponsored in part by IESES, is designing their racecar for the Formula Hybrid Society of Automotive Engineers International Competition. This is a competition between colleges and universities from around the world to design, build and race plug-in formula cars. The vehicles must be designed to maximize performance in three tests: acceleration, autocross, and endurance. Unlike the original competition, the Formula Hybrid competition puts a greater emphasis on fuel efficiency with a rule that only fuel-electric hybrid designs are allowed.

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A Formula Hybrid Race Car

The team plans to compete in May of 2010 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Read more about the team's design.   Stay tuned for updates. 

image of formula hybrid racing teamFrom left to right, the team consists of Preston Curry, Stephen Thompson, Jonathan McNally, Mark Church,
David McGuire, Terrance Roberts,  Nathan Scott and
Dionne Soto
Florida State University Law Professors Create a Scholarly E-Journal on Sustainability Law & Policy
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From left to right: FSU Law Professors-
Robin Kundis Craig, J.B. Ruhl and David L. Markell

The Florida State University College of Law professors have created an interdisciplinary electronic journal to publish scholarship on all aspects of sustainable resource use and development.
Sustainability Law & Policy is edited by law professors Robin Kundis Craig, David L. Markell and J.B. Ruhl, who are among the nation's foremost environmental law scholars. The e-journal is part of the Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) electronic library.
"We wanted to sponsor an e-journal that would showcase cutting-edge scholarship, be interdisciplinary and address an important component of environmental law and policy that was not already being highlighted on SSRN," said Craig, associate dean for Environmental Programs. "We are encouraged by the fact that, by the time the e-journal was officially announced, scholars had already submitted 60 articles."  Read more
Compact Development Predicted and Green Policy Benefits Discussed at Policy Workshop
Two FSU faculty members made scholarly presentations on February 3rd at the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter's 8th Annual Public Policy Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida.  The workshop addressed a number of emerging state development issues ranging from the effects of economic recovery to the management of future growth in the state. The conference included two IESES project researchers, Tim Chapin, chair of the FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Richard Feiock, the Director of the FSU Center for Sustainable Energy Governance. Both presented findings from their IESES projects.
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Tim Chapin presented data on the impacts of major changes to Florida's demographics in the next twenty years; changes that have the potential to impact energy consumption and development outcomes in the state. In his talk, Chapin discussed the growth of elderly age cohorts (aged 65+).       Tim Chapin
This group will increase from 18% of
Florida's population in 2010 to 27% in 2030.  He detailed the impacts of these demographic changes on the state. The retirement of the massive baby-boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1960, will yield increased demand for smaller homes, more compact development and communities supportive of a range of transportation modes.  These changes all offer opportunities for more sustainable energy use. See Tim Chapin's presentation here.

Image of Richard FeiockRichard Feiock presented the preliminary results of his extensive local government survey.  The aim of his research has been to discover the impediments to and advantages of adopting sustainability related policies at the local level.  His preliminary results show that "a surprising extent" of local governments have already
 Richard Feiock       begun to implement policies related to
                              sustainability.  Interestingly, these communities are benefiting from direct and indirect economic development benefits associated with green industries. Other benefits are environmental including improved air quality and reductions in greenhouse gases.  In addition, cities have changed their operations as a response to their increasingly environmentally conscious constituencies. See Richard Feiock's presentation here.

By Luke Mowbray

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In This Issue
The Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy - Part I and II Are Online
Weir Takes Top Prize at Media Art's Festival
FAMU-FSU Race Team Competes Internationally
Law Professors Create a Scholarly E-Journal on Sustainability Law & Policy
Compact Development Predicted and Green Policy Benefits Discussed at Policy Workshop
CAPS, IESES and Mag Lab Open House Feb. 27th
Presentation on the Regulatory Context for Siting Renewable Energy
March 26th Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: "Sprawl and the Carbon Balance in Florida"
Regulatory Policies Influence Renewable Energy Technologies Adoption
The Center for Advanced Power Systems, IESES and the National High Magnetic Field Lab hold their annual open house February 27th 
Image of CAPS Open HouseLive music by CAPS' own "Coon Bottom Creek" Live music

The Center for Advanced Power Systems, IESES and the High Magnetic Field Lab will hold their annual open house. 

When: February 27, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
What: Faculty and students will offer demonstrations of electricity and magnetism, superconductivity, fuel cells, smart grid technologies and more. There will also be fun
activities like hydrogen car races, programing robots and building your own electric motor.
Where: 2000 Levy Avenue. See Map.                     

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Demonstration of the Tesla Coil at the Mag Lab.

Park in our convenient lot at 2000 Levy Avenue and enjoy the CAPS-IESES Open House.  Then walk to the Mag-Lab Open House down the road.  The Mag-Lab Open House features tesla coils, potato cannons, maglev trains and more.
Presentation on the Regulatory Context for Siting Renewable Energy
Uma Outka, IESES Visiting Scholar at the FSU College of Law, will present her research on Siting Renewable Energy  in Florida.  She will present at the US Energy Policy in Transition Conference at the University of Florida's Public Utility Research Center on March 18th from 3:45-4:45 P.M. 

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March 26th Brown
Bag Lunch Presentation: "Sprawl and the Carbon Balance in Florida"
Tingting Zhao to Present at Brown Bag Lunch:

"Sprawl and the Carbon Balance in Florida: How Much Greenspace is Required to Offset Residential Energy and Fuel Emissions?"

When: March 26 Image of Tingting Zhao
from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.
Where: The FSU Main Campus
The DeVoe L. Moore Center
Room 150, Bellamy Building
See Map.                   Tingting Zhao

Dr. Zhao, an Associate Professor in FSU's Department of Geography works in the fields of landscape ecology, GIS and spatial modeling and remote sensing. She will publish two book chapters this year - "Impacts of Urban Growth on the Regional Carbon Cycle" and "Sprawl and its Carbon Consequences in Two U.S. Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas."

Sponsored by IESES, The Sustainable Energy & Governance Center and the Department of Geography
Regulatory Policies Influence Renewable Energy Technologies Adoption
Image of  Rizalino  CruzAlthough renewable energy is still a small portion of overall energy supply in the US, there is an observable growth in the adoption of renewable energy technologies in recent years.   What
Rizalino Cruz          policies in states
                             account for this   
                             growth or the lack
                             of it?    
Rizalino Cruz, an IESES fellow from the Philippines, addressed these questions in a paper he wrote for a graduate course on Theoretical Perspectives in Public Policy under Richard Feiock. The paper examines various factors affecting the renewable energy technologies adoption in state.  His analysis suggests that the number of renewable energy firms and the presence of regulatory policies influence renewable energy technologies adoption in various states.  That is, states that have a higher proportion of renewable energy technology firms tended to have a mix of regulatory policies in place including renewable portfolio standards, purchase of green power, standards for interconnection and solar and wind access laws.  

Rizalino started his PhD program at the Reubin O'D Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy in Fall 2009.   He will be working with Dr. Feiock, director of Sustainable Energy and Governance Center of IESES, to examine various institutional and policy issues on renewable energy. 
Schedule of Tours of the Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building
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Which Dates: First and third Friday of the month
When: Tours begin on the hour between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Where: see Map
Contact:Justin Kramer

The Institute is a public resource. Here we carry out scholarly basic research and analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance and the related social dimensions to further a sustainable energy economy. The Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering, natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning, geography and economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the context of global climate change.
The Center for a Systems Approach to Bio-Energy Research;
The Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis;
The College of Business Center for Sustainability Initiatives;
The Public Utility Research Center; and
The Florida Energy Systems Consortium.

Editor: Melanie Simmons at
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