Getting Our Big Brains in Gear: Rebuilding Our Tomorrow

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Title of Episode: Getting Our Big Brains in Gear: Rebuilding Our Tomorrow

Guest: Skip Laitner, Energy and Resource Economist, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates, Immediate Past-President Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)

Impact Earth: Climate Reality, Episode 3, In this episode, Skip Laitner, Energy and Resource Economist, illustrates how our current global experience is similar to the apocalyptic Four Horsemen and how we can put our economy and overall well-being on a path to a new future.

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  • More about Skip Laitner: John A. “Skip” Laitner is an international resource economist who leads a team of consultants, the Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona. He is the Past President of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), an independent interdisciplinary professional association in higher education. He is also a Senior Economic Research Fellow for Russia’s largest university system, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Skip is the former Director of Economic and Social Analysis for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He previously served almost 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He left the federal service in June 2006 to focus his research on developing a more robust technology and behavioral characterization of energy efficiency resources for use in energy and climate policy analyses and within economic policy models. He also provides technical support for a variety of local governments in the development of energy and climate profiles, especially as they positively shape and enhance long-term sustainable development goals. Among his most recent efforts include work for the World Bank, IMPLAN Group LLC, Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), International Energy Agency (IEA), San Diego County, California and the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and Den Haag (MRDH) in Netherlands. In 1998 Skip was awarded EPA’s Gold Medal for his work with a team of economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that might assist in the implementation of smart climate policies. In 2003 the US Combined Heat and Power Association gave him an award to acknowledge his contributions to the policy development of that industry. In 2004 his paper, “How Far Energy Efficiency?” catalyzed new research into the proper the characterization of efficiency as a long-term resource. Author of more than 360 book chapters, journal articles, and reports, Skip has 48 years of involvement in the economic, environmental and energy policy arenas. He has provided technical seminars in diverse places as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. He has a master’s degree in Resource Economics from Antioch University.
  • What choices do we need to make to pivot our current situation onto a new, sustainable, healthy future? Skip lays out each component on this podcast and shares what questions we should each ask ourselves and each other – join us!
  • There is hope and Skip has it – and part of it are the ways the two American political parties are finding common ground. Find out more on this podcast!
  • How is climate change impacting our economy as it relates to health? How does it connect to natural disasters that we are experiencing globally? Important insights shared on this podcast and you can read more on our blog: Focus is on Disaster in Natural Disaster: We Can Change This
  • How is collaboration, cooperation and community the key to our future – how can we build on the “best of the best…survival of the friendliest”? Nature is illustrating the importance of these concepts daily – deep thoughts explored on this podcast.

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