On Tuesday, April 3, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. will be hosting a day-long Alternative Energy Expo and Forum titled "Responding to 'An Inconvenient Truth' What Can We Do About Climate Change," which I will help lead. Building upon the Academy Award wining documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," the event will explore the various steps society can take to address global climate change. It will feature a symposium on energy and environmental issues, and display devices and methods to make our homes, businesses and communities more energy efficient. Among the speakers will be Lawrence Bender, a producer of the film.
The day is free and open to the Los Angeles community. The audience and panels range from business owners to government officials, students to activist, builders to designers, and everything in between. It will give the local Los Angeles community on-the-spot access to answers from experts on what steps each one of us can take to become part of the solution to global climate change.
The workshop will have examples of innovative technologies that help solve the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ideas for individual strategies to help reduce your carbon footprint and expand conservation and energy efficiency in our communities will also be part of the event.
The two panels will look at the policy and individual challenges currently directing the climate change debate.
Below is a run-down of the day's events:
Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Dian Ogilvie, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Chief
Environmental Officer, TMS
Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto
Rep. Jane Harman
Panel #1: "What Can Individuals Do To Make a Difference?"
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Moderator: Mary Nichols, UCLA
· Matt Miyasoto, AQMD
· Lance Williams, PhD, Exec, Director, US Green Building Council
· Ellen Strickland, Owner, Livingreen
· Pervaiz Lodhi, LEDtronics
11:45 AM-12:45 PM
Harman introduces Lawrence Bender
Panel #2: "What Are the Big Policy Challenges to Addressing An Inconvenient Truth?"
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Moderator: Prof. Nate Lewis, CalTech
· Matt Peterson, President, Global Green
· Former Assemblymember Fran Pavley
· S. David Freeman, Chair, Hydrogen Car Company and President LA Harbor Commission
· Bill Gerwing, BP America General Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Headquarters, South Campus
19801 S Western Ave
Torrance, California 90501