IESES has had a wonderful year promoting and creating next generation sustainable energy science and policy.
Dr. Dave Cartes, DirectorI hope you have enjoyed the IESES newsletter. In the future, we will be providing more targeted quarterly newsletters to international and national audiences, another that includes more local interest to the Tallahassee and FSU audience and yet another to the Student Association for Sustainable Energy. We hope this targeted approach will keep you well informed in the future.Thank you for reading and please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Key to Promoting Energy Efficiency Behaviors|
Dr. Laura ArpanThe Center for Environmental Media Production and Research, which includes professors Laura Arpan, Andrew Opel and Philip Steinberg
graduate student Jia Lu, recently reported the results of their research
entitled "Home Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Florida: A Survey of
Residents' Behaviors, Intentions and Perceived Barriers and Perceived
Dr. Andrew OpelThey surveyed over 400 Florida residents to better understand
how to more effectively promote and increase efficiency and conservation
behaviors of Floridians in their homes. Baseline measures
of Floridians' past, current and intended future energy-related
behaviors were collected. What they found was that most people who have not enhanced the energy
efficiency of their home do not do so because they feel the costs of those improvements will be prohibitively high. Many lack knowledge about existing efficiency programs and
incentives. Others were not sure which choices were the most
The authors concluded that the most effective way to promote
energy efficiency behavior is to increase education about low or no cost energy
audits, improved insulation, caulking and weather stripping, and
the extent to which small things like replacing light bulbs and adjusting the
thermostat impact overall efficiency. They recommended that programs that
encourage more people taking part in existing programs and incentives need to
be better and more frequently marketed to the public.
Dr. Philip Steinberg
One promising finding is that people surveyed who were aware of
efficiency improvements had more energy efficient behaviors. Many of
these people had already had an energy audit, improved weather stripping and
caulking in their homes as well as improved their home insulation.
Access the full report.
Drs. Arpan, Opel and Steinberg are IESES partners.
|Responding to Sea Level Rise on Florida's and Australia's Gold Coast|
|Professor Tim Chapin of the FSU Urban and Regional Planning Department spent about a month in Australia researching local
governments responses to climate change and sea level rise. Dr. Chapin was a
visiting fellow at the Griffith University in Gold Coast outside of Brisbane, Australia on the Coral Sea.|
While there, Dr. Chapin gave a presentation as part of
DDr. Tim ChapinAustralia's
ongoing climate change response, a multi-university initiative called The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, on "Adaptive
Response to Sea Level Rise on Florida's Gold Coast." In the
presentation, Dr. Chapin discussed Florida's responses to climate change, with specific
attention to Miami-Dade County's response to rising sea levels.
Click here to view and listen to Dr. Chapin's presentation.
An Image from Dr. Chapin's Presentation
Dr. Chapin is an IESES Partner.
|FSU Measures Local Government Energy Sustainability|
Dr. Richard Feiock.
Ever wonder what strategies local governments in Florida are implementing concerning energy and climate change sustainability? Although
89 percent of city and county administrators feel that energy and
climate change issues are important among the citizens in their jurisdictions, only 8.5
percent have an energy or climate change plan in place.
Municipalities and concerned citizens would benefit from a Local Government Energy Sustainability Index to compare their efforts and capacities to other local governments. This measure is being developed by faculty and students at The Florida State University. The index will be used to identify what factors influence local
government energy policy decisions and identify barriers to policy implementation.
Dr. Ivonne Audirac
Dr. Richard Feiock, an IESES partner and Director of the
Sustainable Energy and Governance Center, has released findings from the IESES Energy Sustainable Florida Communities project. The project surveyed local governments across Florida. Dr. Feiock
partnered with Dr. Ivonne Audirac to complete the
research. As a next step, the researchers will develop an index to evaluate and compare energy sustainability among communities.
Find out how local governments in Florida are doing on:
* Energy and Climate Policy
* Energy Cost Reduction by
* Economic Development
* Comprehensive Plans & State and
* Land Use and Open Space
* Zoning Regulations, Subdivision
Regulations and Permitting
* Housing and Green
* Transportation and Green Transit
* Organization and
Access the Florida City Survey Results.
Both Drs. Feiock and Audirac are IESES Partners.
|How Fast Can Microbes Break Down Oil Washed Onto Gulf Beaches?|
|by Andrea Wolf at FSU.com.|
A new Florida State University study is
investigating how quickly the Deepwater Horizon oil carried into Gulf
of Mexico beach sands is being degraded by the sands' natural microbial
communities, and whether native oil-eating bacteria that wash ashore
with the crude are helping or hindering that process.
Dr. Markus Huettel
What oceanography professors Markus Huettel and Joel E. Kostka learn
will enable them to predict when most of the oil in the beaches will be
gone. Their findings may also reveal ways to accelerate the oil
degradation rate -- and speed matters, because toxic crude components
that remain buried on Gulf Coast beaches may seep into the groundwater
"This enormous oil spill affects hundreds of miles of beaches in the
Gulf of Mexico," Huettel said. "We can remove the oil from the beach
surface, but oil is also carried deeper into the sand, and we need to
understand what happens to that oil. Preventing groundwater
contamination is crucial not only to Gulf Coast residents but also to
coastal management and local economies like fisheries and tourism that
depend on water quality."
"We will also study the effect of the dispersant known as Corexit on
Dr. Joel E. Kostka.metabolism by natural microbial communities," Kostka said. "Through contacts in the field, my laboratory has acquired Corexit and source
oil from the MC252 (Deepwater Horizon) well head for use in our
St. George Island, Fla., and Dauphin Island, Ala., have served as the
primary research sites since early June, when the one-year study began.
In addition, the researchers have obtained heavily oiled sand from
Pensacola Beach, Fla., and from a barrier island off the Louisiana
coast. If warranted by the oil's movement, they will also collect
near-shore water and sediment samples from other Gulf beaches.
Funding for their collaborative research comes from a "RAPID" (Rapid
Research Response) grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more.
Their NSF-funded study ("Rates and mechanisms controlling the
degradation of crude oil from the MC252 spill in Gulf of Mexico beach
sands") is the latest of several collaborations between Huettel and
Kostka that have examined organic matter transport and degradation in
Gulf sands. The current project also contributes to the energy-related
research that Kostka performs for IESES,
which has been
heavily involved in providing information and expert advice to
Florida's Governor's Office and Legislature regarding oil and gas
Dr. Kostka is an IESES Partner.
|A Report of the Proceedings of the Florida Symposia on Offshore Energy - Part I and Part II - is Online|
Access the Full Report Here
This report is a transcript of the Symposia series including presentation materials, citations and executive summaries for both Part I and II.
Sustainability Summer School at the Santa Fe Institute|
Hongtao Yi, a graduate student in The FSU Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, was invited to participate in the Global Sustainability Summer School at the Santa Fe Institute. |
This intensive two-week program explores global sustainability from
many perspectives with particular focus on social ramifications. Only 30 participants out of 200 applicants were invited. Participants included students, professors, writers,
government officials and people working in the private sector from across the globe.
The instructors are world class pioneers in the study of
sustainability, climate change and complex systems, including Dennis Meadows, the author of Limits to Growth and John Schellnhuber, the Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research.
The Director of Global Sustainability Summer School is Doyne Farmer, a founder of chaos theory in
physics and a leading researcher of complex systems and its application in climate sciences.
discussions, formalized debates and group projects covered a wide range of topics including climate
change, sustainability and ecosystem resilience. The
group project Hongtao Yi worked on was an agent-based model
of collective action of sustainability.
Hongtao Yi in Taos, New Mexico
|Sustainable Energy Policy & Green Government Course|
|An interdisciplinary |
class on Sustainable Energy Policy and Green Government will be taught this upcoming semester.
The course provides an analysis of the management and political economy of sustainable governance initiatives.
Topics covered include developing innovative
environmental initiatives, implementing sustainable
governance plans and the effectiveness of green government policies.
A main theme of the class will be deliberating the proper role of government in areas such as energy production, green building and transportation.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Room: 114 Bellamy
Registration #: PAD4936-17
Instructor: Anthony Kassekert
For more information, contact Anthony Kassekert at email@example.com.
Instructor Anthony Kassekert
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Association for Sustainable Energy|
Professional Development and
in Contact with Seminole
Association for Sustainable Energy
as You and Your Colleagues Grow Professionally.
Also, federal work-study positions and internships are
available at IESES.
Contact Melanie Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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