Getting Hanover (And Other Regions) on the Path: Determining the Sufficiency of Regional Emissions Reduction Plans

Chris Soderquist, Pontifex Consulting

Friday, May 11, 2012, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

In 2011, the Sustainable Hanover Committee (SHC), in partnership with Donella Meadows Institute (DMI), undertook a comprehensive analysis of local sources of emissions. This analysis now serves as the baseline for a simulation-based planning tool (in STELLA) the committee will use to guide emissions reduction efforts. In order to know if the amount of emissions improvements expected from local sustainability efforts is sufficient, DMI applied a context-based framework to compare future projections to an established global emissions trajectory (WRE350) required to stabilize global concentration of CO2 to 350 ppm by early in the next century. This approach is generalizable to other communities and regions (including at the state level). During this presentation, Chris Soderquist, a member of the SHC, will cover the origins of this project (including the objectives of the modeling effort) and the data research process. He will describe the context-based approach using the WRE350 emissions trajectory, including where such approaches have also been applied. After a brief demonstration of the tool, he will discuss how this approach can be applied to other regions. The session will conclude with audience-led Q&A.

About the Speaker

Chris Soderquist is a system dynamics practitioner and a long-time member of the Sustainable Hanover Committee.  He worked for many years at the Hanover-based firm High Performance Systems (developer of the STELLA software) and now applies systems-based approaches to numerous public policy issues: childhood obesity, child maltreatment, corrections system reform, and national energy infrastructure transformation.