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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

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The Royal Danish Embassy, the Royal Danish Consulate in Houston,
the American Danish Business Council, and the Shell Center for Sustainability
invite you to join us for this workshop.

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Sustainability Pay$ - The Copenhagen Experience        

This workshop presents some of the best examples to reflect on the path Denmark has followed to make it the most energy efficient country in the EU. The morning session presents a focus on the municipalities that are leading the way to carbon neutrality. In the afternoon we will present the business case and the technology to assist in implementing these practices to allow Denmark to reach its aggressive goals.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Shell Auditorium, McNair Hall, Rice University, Houston, Texas (see campus map)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

(There is no cost to attend this workshop)  


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Master of Ceremonies: John Anderson, Ph.D., Academic Director, Shell Center for Sustainability


09:00 - 09:15  
Welcome David Leebron, President, Rice University


 Ambassador Peter Taksoe Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States
09:15 - 11:30  
Find out why Copenhagen has been named the Greenest City in Europe. How are municipalities attaining carbon neutrality? Municipalities from Denmark talk about the path they have taken to achieve sustainability. Learn how working together helped them achieve these goals. 
Moderator: Laura Spanjian, Mayor's Sustainability Director, City of Houston

Jorgen E. Olesen, Member of the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy 



Peter Rathje, Project Zero, CEO
Project Zero received the EU 2010 award for Sustainable Energy Communities.

  Soren Hermansen, Samso
One of the 2008 'Heroes of the Environment' by Time Magazine. 2009 Gothenborg Award - the Nobel prize of the environment. Other awards include the Energy Globe 2008, and Eurosolar 2002.
  Panel presentations, Q&A with Jorgen E. Oleson, and networking session.


11:30 - 13:30  
Opening Remarks Andrew Mangan, Co-founder and Executive Director, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

Ambassador Peter Taksoe Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States

Keynote Speaker  
 Admiral John Nathman , Empowering America's Defense: Energy and the Risks to National Security.
Admiral Nathman is a member of CNA's Military Advisory Board. He retired from the United States Navy in May 2007. Prior to his retirement, he served as the nation's 33rd Vice Chief of Naval Operations and, from February 2005 until his retirement in 2007, he commanded all U.S. Fleet Forces.


13:30 - 15:30  
The business case - How Danish companies have gained a competitive advantage and added profitability by embracing sustainability and energy efficiency. During the twenty-five years Denmark has been pursuing aggressive energy goals, it has kept energy consumption flat and also maintained an economic growth rate of 75-80 percent. Danish companies gained world leadership in this sector and, since 2000, energy related technology exports have doubled. All-n-all, Denmark is in a better economic position. Was this a result of its leading role in the renewable energy/energy sufficiency/sustainability sector?
   Moderator: Marc Epstein, Ph.D., Rice University

Panelists Carsten Westergaard, Vestas 
Rick Fowler, Grundfos 
Jennifer Brenner, Evolva 
  Panel presentations, Q&A, and networking session.

Conclusion  Dr. John Anderson, Academic Director, Shell Center for Sustainability