What IF the world ran on 100 percent renewable energy?

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean island will be struggling to rebuild for years. But what does rebuilding look like and how can renewable energy be a part of those efforts?

Jorge Haddock, president of the University of Puerto Rico, addressed question in his lecture “What IF the world ran on 100 percent renewable energy?” Haddock, a Purdue graduate and business leadership authority, is in the unique position of leading one of the island’s cornerstone socioeconomic institutions during post-hurricane recovery. He discussed the global future of renewable energy and how Puerto Rico is approaching the idea.

The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with Purdue faculty members: John Sutherland, the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering; Maureen McCann, professor of biological sciences and director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park; Luciano Castillo, the Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering; and Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering.

The event was a part of Purdue’s Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign, which is a series of events that connect world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems facing the world. One of the Ideas Festival’s themes is sustainable economy and planet.

This event was in partnership with the College of Engineering.

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