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Solve Climate by 2030: Oklahoma Climate Dialog

A free webinar to learn about strategies for Oklahomans to help solve the climate crisis
  

OKLAHOMA GLOBAL CLIMATE DIALOGUE
4 p.m., CT,   Wed., April 7, 2021
The webinar link will be sent to you on the morning of the April 7.

What if the steps to solve climate change are not one-size fits all?

What action can YOU take to reach a solution by 2030?


The world’s top climate scientists have told us we have a ten-year window to make rapid reductions in the carbon pollution causing global warming. Fortunately, clean energy solutions have gotten less expensive, and in many markets, these solutions now cost less than fossil fuel alternatives. This is one reason for hope—and there are others! Focusing state, local, and individual action around climate solutions could open the road to “solve climate” over the next decade.

Organized by the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, the University of Oklahoma is joining universities and other organizations across the nation and around the world, each of which is hosting its own webinar focused on concrete local actions to address climate change. Our webinar will be a great opportunity for Oklahomans to learn from local experts about what each of us can do to solve climate. The recording of this event will be available for use by high school and college teachers across the state and country to #MakeClimateAClass and continue the conversation.

Meet the Speakers

Lindsey Pever

Sharina Perry

Dirk Spiers

Edith Wilson

Lindsey Pever, Attorney
A New Energy, LLC

Lindsey is an attorney whose practice involves assisting mostly renewable energy clients navigate legal, regulatory, and public policy issues. Lindsey’s prior experience in government relations and lobbying, political campaign management, and development, provide her unique perspectives which benefit her clients. With a passion for helping others, she also assists with certain family law matters and is statutorily qualified to serve as a Guardian ad litem. She is Vice President of the Oklahoma Solar Association, a graduate of both Leadership Oklahoma City Signature and LOYAL Programs, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, serves on the board for her neighborhood association, OCU Law School Alumni Board, and volunteers for homeless initiatives in OKC. Lindsey lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and children.

 

 

Sharina Perry, Founder and Inventor
Utopia Plastix

Sharina grew up in the south and saw firsthand what it meant to be an “African American woman” before she knew what it meant to be a “businesswoman.” Now as the founder of Utopia Plastix, she is on a mission to make sure the title “minority business” is something to be infinitely proud of. She continues to be driven by personal accounts of minority farmers and business owners who have been impacted by land misuse and economic hardship. Sharina has a goal to help multi-generational minority and disadvantaged families and their communities.

 

  

Dirk Spiers, CEO
Spiers New Technology

Dirk Spiers is the founder and President of Spiers New Technologies. He is a pioneer and leader in the repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment of advanced battery packs as well as the manufacturing of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with new or second life battery modules and cells. His experience in reman, battery, solar and wind technologies puts him at the forefront of developing programs to manage the life cycle battery packs and using battery storage systems with renewable energy sources. He has developed and established Advanced Battery Pack programs with some of the leading EV OEM`s. Spiers New Technologies specialises in the manufacturing, refurbishment and repair of high voltage powertrain systems and Energy Storage Systems. Their state-of-the-art, energy neutral, battery center is based in Oklahoma City where they work on the battery packs of all the leading OEM´s.

Edith Wilson, Founder and Owner
Rock Whisperer, LLC

Edith is the owner of Rock Whisperer LLC, where she works to engage emerging professionals in energy solutions for a changing world and consults on renewable energy and climate mitigation projects. Edith is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of London, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and a founding member of the Geosciences Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas. In 2018-2019, she chaired the ad hoc Committee on Climate Change for the AAPG. She received her BA in Geology from Dartmouth College in 1982, and her MA and PHD in Carbonate Sedimentology from Johns Hopkins University in 1988. Her career in the energy industry began in Houston where she was an international explorer, negotiator and manager with Amoco and bp. In Oklahoma, Edith worked with Phillips Petroleum on global new ventures, ConocoPhillips on leadership development, Samson Resources on domestic shale gas projects, and in 2008 co-founded TallGrass Energy. Edith has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa - where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2004 - and is conversant in French, Italian and Portuguese.

 

Lynn Soreghan, Ph.D.
Director, School of Geosciences
University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy

Learn more about Dr. Soreghan here.

Schedule

4 PM - 4:50 p.m. CT:  Climate Dialog Livestream

1.   Welcome, and recorded Introduction by Eban Goodstein, Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability / Bard College 

2.   Edith Wilson: Overview; how what you eat affects climate

3.   Dirk Spires: Making personal transportation choices with the climate in mind

4.   Lindsey Peaver: Developing solar energy in Oklahoma

5.   Sharina Perry: What it means, and how to be, a conscious consumer

4:55 PM - 5:25 p.m. CT:  Q & A with panel 

5:30 PM - 6 p.m. CT: Optional breakouts with panelists

For accommodations for this webinar, contact Lynn Soreghan.
For general queries, email envirtonmentalstudies@ou.edu

Resources for Teachers and Students

Teachers, are you interested in integrating solving climate into a class?

Bard College created a variety of one-day lesson plans written for classes from physics to art! We're here to help you turn one class period into a dynamic lesson that relates to your subject.

Resources

Students, send this information to your teachers and ask them to #MakeClimateAClass!