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‘Low-Carbon Living’ talk on May 17

Posted in NEWS on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published a book, Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.  David Friedman, who is an engineer and deputy director for the UCS’s Clean Vehicles Program, will talk about the book at 12 noon, May 17, in room 123 Buttrick.  This event is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network and the American Studies Sustainability Project.

David Friedman is the author or co-author of more than 30 technical papers and reports on advancements in conventional, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles. His work includes: A New Road: The Technology and Potential of Hybrid Vehicles: Building a Better SUV; A Blueprint for Saving Lives, Money, and Gasoline; and, Drilling in Detroit: Tapping Automaker Ingenuity to Build Safe and Efficient Automobiles. Mr. Friedman served on report committees on fuel economy, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, and tire efficiency for the National Academy’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and the Transportation Research Board. He also served on the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee for five years.

He will discuss the most recent UCS book, Cooler, Smarter, a collaboration with other UCS authors. The book seeks to assist us in learning how to pursue a low-carbon lifestyle. While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.

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