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Inspiring Ingenuity in Energy Solutions – Presenting ‘Equinox Summit: Energy 2030’ from the Waterloo Global Science Initiative

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Flash forward 20 years... What if our best efforts to lower carbon emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for a soaring population weren’t enough? Would we ask ourselves why we didn’t take action sooner, transforming the ideas from our greatest innovators into the technologies needed to prepare for a more secure and sustainable future? 

June 5 to 9, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative presents the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 – a global conversation on how science and technology can help solve our current energy crisis. 

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 will examine the world’s energy concerns and the specific need for cleaner and more sustainable production, distribution and storage of electricity. 

The Summit will bring together pioneering scientific experts with next-generation leaders from around the globe, all of whom are supported by the mentorship of seasoned advisors from science, engineering, public policy, and industry. 

The Summit is focused around the cooperative creation of a blueprint document that shortlists a set of key technologies that could transform the current carbon-heavy scenario, as well as providing a roadmap on how to implement these innovations by 2030. 

The outcomes will be summarized during a special “report card” session on June 9th, 2011. 

To accompany the working sessions, Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 will host a series of events for students and the general public – facilitating participation both on location and online by providing an interactive avenue for global engagement in this important energy dialogue. From June 5 to 9, 2011, people from around the world can stream live and on-demand daily speakers, videos, televised panel debates, and the final presentation of the Summit’s key findings.

About Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)

Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a non-profit partnership, founded in October 2009, between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. WGSI’s mandate is to catalyze long term thinking and solutions to the world’s most fundamental social, environmental and economic challenges using science and technology. WGSI provides a rare opportunity for great minds to come together, share new ideas and collectively work toward a secure and sustainable future.

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