Iowa legislator to speak on climate change

August 18, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Lindsay Mahaney

As part of a climate awareness tour, State Sen. Rob Hogg of Iowa will visit The University of Toledo this week.



The Iowa legislator will have an open discussion on climate change titled “Is America Ready for Climate Action?” Thursday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in Plant Operations Room 1000, located at 2925 East Rocket Drive.

Hogg has worked for renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, watershed management and investment in natural resources in the Iowa legislature. He also wrote a book published in 2013 titled America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do About It.

UT Sustainability Specialist Brooke Mason said the talk will be centered on why climate change should matter to Americans and what people are doing about it nationwide.

Mason said the University is working to reduce global warming by measuring greenhouse gas emission annually. A Climate Action and Cost Reduction Plan, which is part of a larger Energy and Sustainability Strategic Plan, will be released in the coming weeks and outline the projects being undertaken to reduce UT’s emissions, she said.

“It is critical that we take climate change seriously for the sake of our children and our children’s children,” she said. “UT, our state, nation and the world need to continue to work to curb emissions and to work on ways to adapt to the climate change already occurring and that will continue to occur because of our past actions.”

Hogg will continue his Ohio three-day climate action tour with stops in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

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