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ASPO-USA Conference 2011: Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy

ASPO-USA Educators & Students Workshop

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas - USA (ASPO-USA)

Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

ASPO-USA Educators & Students Workshop

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"Teaching and Understanding Peak Oil: The Future of Education in an Era of Declines"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA) invites you to an Educators & Students Workshop, a FREE session of our larger 2011 ASPO-USA Conference: "Peak Oil, Energy, & the Economy." We encourage all interested student leaders and educators to join us to discuss methods to teach Peak Oil and related issues and how education itself will change in an era at the end of cheap energy.


Workshop Schedule:

1:00-2:30 PM - Talking Numbers: How to Reach People With the Science of Depletion

2:30-3:00 PM - Break, Conversation

3:00-3:30 PM - The Problem of Histories – Using History to Describe the Future

3:30-5:00 PM - The Future of the “Academy”

This FREE session is your opportunity to interact with many of our conference speakers, who are especially excited for the chance to participate and speak directly to students and educators. Our experts include:

  • Sharon Astyk - ASPO-USA Board Member, Sharon Astyk, launched the idea of this first-of-its-kind Peak Oil Educators workshop with her article Peak Oil Teachers. She is a writer, teacher, and science blogger through her site Casaubon’s Book.

  • Jeffrey Brown - ASPO-USA Board Member and Dallas-based geologist, Jeff Brown, is well known for his work on the groundbreaking Export Land Model that explains why the petroleum available on the world market will decline much more steeply as exporting nations hold more of their own oil for domestic use.

  • Kurt Cobb - ASPO-USA Board Member, Kurt Cobb, is the author of the peak-oil-themed thriller novel, Prelude. Cobb has worked as a newspaper reporter, an advertising executive and a media consultant to political campaigns. He maintains a blog called Resource Insights.

  • Nicole Foss - Co-editor of The Automatic Earth. Her writing has chronicles and interpreted the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. Her site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population, and politics to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it.

  • John Michael Greer - Independent scholar, John Michael Greer, became involved in the peak oil movement in the late 1990s. A professional freelance writer, he has written numerous books including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age and his newest book The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered. He received a BA in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington.

  • Charles Hall - Distinguished professor of environmental studies at State University New York (SUNY) in Syracuse. Hall developed the concept of energy return on investment in biological systems in the early 1980s. His work is focused on energy as it relates to economics and the environment. His new textbook, with co-author Kent Klitgaard, is Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy.

  • Aaron Newton - Local Food System Program Coordinator for Cabarrus County, North Carolina. He also serves as the Superintendent of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. He is the coauthor of A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil and is a founding partner of the land planning firm Cultivatis which is dedicated to the creation of agriculturally focused sustainable environments.

  • Dmitry Orlov - An engineer and a writer on subjects related to "potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States," something he has called “permanent crisis”. Orlov believes collapse will be the result of huge military budgets, government deficits, an unresponsive political system and declining oil production. He is the author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects.

  • Lisa Taranto - Urban ecologist, architect and visual artist, Lisa Taranto founded Tricycle Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to "growing healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy economy," in Richmond, Virginia. Through Tricycle Gardens, Taranto launched nine urban agriculture projects, including a half-acre urban farm and an edible forest garden in partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia. Under Taranto's guidance, Tricycle Gardens successfully offers experiential learning opportunities for children, extensive and varied DIY workshops based on resource stewardship, as well as a popular seminar series on systems thinking—linking economy, ecology, environment and policy.

  • Nancy Lee Wood - Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-Carbon Education (ISPE) at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Dr. Wood has focused much of her teaching, research and writing on issues of global stratification, socio-economic development and cross-cultural gender relations. In 2006, she turned her attention toward impending fossil fuel depletions and their impacts on industrial societies. After winning Bristol Community College's Presidential Fellowship in 2007, allowing her to expand this work, she developed ISPE and spearheaded a new course of study, The Organic Agriculture Technician Certificate Program, which premiered in the fall of 2010. She has been awarded that same Fellowship for the current 2011-2012 academic year. Her article, Community Colleges: A Vital Resource for Education in the Post-Carbon Era appears in the Post-Carbon Reader edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, 2010.

and many more...


** Special Note: ASPO-USA has need for volunteers for the full ASPO-USA Conference on any and all days November 1 - 5. If you are able to volunteer please contact Ray Long directly at rlong@aspousa.org Thank you for your support!! **



YouTube Media:


Peak Oil Visually Explained:



300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds:



Eat the Suburbs: Gardening for the End of the Age of Oil:



The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project:



Blind Spot:


Have questions about ASPO-USA Educators & Students Workshop? Contact The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas - USA (ASPO-USA)

When & Where

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas - USA (ASPO-USA)

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas - USA (ASPO-USA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to encourage prudent energy management, equitable community transformation, and cooperative initiatives in an era of depleting petroleum resources. Our tools are qualitative analysis based on facts, a preference for independent action, and the confidence we can make a difference. Our methods include a comprehensive program of public education, a positive endorsement of practical solutions, and an honest attempt to encourage competing parties to cooperate for their mutual benefit.

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