With so much discussion about how or how not to generate power these days—Coal or nukes? Wind or solar?—there is a tendency to overlook the other side of the equation: how much energy we use. That's where efficiency comes in: the use of new, smarter technologies, building methods, and other means to decrease each person's consumption. Dr. Marilyn Brown, a professor at Georgia Tech University's School of Public Policy, will address just that in a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Center on the University of Tennessee campus. The program is free and open to the public.
Brown, who previously managed research projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk about "Energy Efficiency Policies for a Sustainable Energy Future." (She is also a former adjunct professor in UT's Department of Geography.) And here's a tip: If you don't want to start feeling guilty during the talk, make sure you turn off all your lights and turn off your thermostat before you head out.