Sustainability Café: "Peak Oil" -- Monday, February 25

02/19/2008

Contributed by Marian Brown

Join us for the Sustainability Café on Monday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. in School of Business room 204, as associate professor Tom Pfaff discusses the concept of "peak oil."

In his mathematics classes at Ithaca College, Professor Pfaff incorporates statistical data from official government sources to teach standard techniques like curve-fitting and regression analysis. But Pfaff employs a decidedly non-standard approach to teaching, encouraging his students to "look past the numbers" to read the story those datasets tell about critical sustainability challenges.

Thanks to Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth, climate change has been brought to the forefront as a major problem confronting society. Unfortunately, a lesser-known problem exists -- one without a public champion, one that may be just as important as climate change -- and that is "peak oil."

Pfaff will discuss "peak oil" -- the point at which we reach maximum global petroleum production -- and discuss life in a world where oil-based products become increasingly scarce and costly.

This Sustainability Café is co-sponsored by TC Local, area citizens committed to researching aspects of and offering action plans to deal with energy descent.

"Teachable edibles" -- seasonal, organic, and/or local foods -- for the spring 2008 Sustainability Café series are being supported by Ithaca College Dining Services. Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the drinking fountain or provide your beverage of choice.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.

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