Deliberating Sustainability in Ohio

Greater Ohio's many partners from across the state and nation host innovative and thought-provoking events throughout the year to discuss issues concerning the prosperity and future of Ohio.  The GreenCityBlueLake Institute is presenting a series of seminars on energy, and the environment, and how both issues impact Ohio.  The three events will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. For more information on these events, and others visit the Institute’s website.     The Promise & Peril of Energy from Shale Formations in Pennsylvania & Ohio Wednesday, November 2; 7 pm Dr. Nels Johnson, director of conservation with The Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania, leads the discussion. A panel of Ohio experts will follow. Free with Museum admission.   National Policy Forum with the Brookings Institution Climate Change and Our Energy Future: A Challenge for Cleveland, America and the Human Race Friday, November 4, 2011; 7:30 pm Climate change is a critical issue for cities, nations and the entire planet. How do we reach across boundaries of geography and politics to create policies that will actually reduce the threat? Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, will discuss the state of domestic and international efforts to tackle the existential challenge of climate change. Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, will describe the vital role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Moderator is Ronald Richard, president of the Cleveland Foundation. Admission is $8.   Climate Change and Health: Large Scale Risks and Opportunities Wednesday, November 16, 7pm Dr. Jonathan Patz, MPH, professor and director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, will speak on his research into the effects of climate on heat waves, air pollution and water and vector-borne diseases.  Patz has chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and was convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  In addition, Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC).  This lecture is presented in partnership with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine through the Center for Environmental Health and Human Ecology.  Free with Museum admission.