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Sept 25, 2006

UI Energy Expo Attracts Speakers, Exhibitors From Across Nation

Business leaders, environmental scientists, Iowa mayors, farm producers, University of Iowa students, nationally recognized speakers, and many others concerned about the future of energy in this country will converge on The IU campus Wednesday, Sept. 27, for The UI's Energy Expo. The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The expo includes a full day of presentations on wind energy, sustainability, principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), green city governments, biofuels, renewable energy, and other energy topics. In addition, more than 100 exhibits, including displays of cutting-edge energy technologies, will stretch several blocks from the Seamans Engineering Building on the UI campus into the downtown Iowa City Pedestrian Mall and the Sheraton Convention Center.

The expo will kick off at 9 a.m. with an overview of Iowa's growth in renewable energy and sustainability by Jeff Vonk of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other keynote speakers in the Campus Three Theater, Town Center Mall.

Philippe Cousteau, president of EarthEcho International and grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, will participate in an environmental panel on climate change with Ted Glick, co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition and national coordinator for the U.S. Climate Emergency Council, Jerald Schnoor, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering, and others. The panel discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the Campus Three Theater, Town Center Mall.

Cousteau also will speak at 5 p.m. at a global warming educational rally sponsored by UI Student Government. The rally will be held on the east lawn of the Pentacrest in front of the Old Capitol. In case of rain, this event will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union's second-floor ballroom.

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will host a panel of Iowa mayors to discuss how they can include renewable and sustainable energy in their city planning, at 1 p.m. in the Hotel Vetro Conference Center. Cownie will also give a presentation on "Energizing City Government" at 11 a.m. in the Hotel Vetro Conference Center.

Quad Cities resident Chad Pregracke, otherwise known as the "Mississippi Kid", will talk at noon in the Campus Three Theater, Town Center Mall, about his experiences growing up on the Mississippi River and how they led to his vision of cleaning up the river. Pegracke founded Living Lands & Waters, an environmental organization based in East Moline, Ill.

Various UI alumni will return to campus to present at the expo, including Risa Beckwith of Beckwith partners; Ori Savan, founder and owner of Green Building Supply in Chicago; and Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club.

A replica of a Lincoln, Neb. 1933 corn alcohol filling station will be reconstructed on Capitol Street outside the Old Capitol Town Center. Throughout the day, filling station actors will service the very first flex fuel vehicle, a Model T Ford, while discussing the history and benefits of ethanol.

For a current list of exhibits and presentations, see: http://energy.uiowa.edu/2006/

The expo is made possible by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center and the support of UI business partners, the UI Energy Conservation Advisory Council, and UI Facilities Management.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu. Program: Wendy Moorehead, 319-335-1246, wendy-moorehead@uiowa.edu