FREE screening of Switch, a new award-winning documentary

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
University of Iowa
Seamans Center
Room 1505
Iowa City, IA 52242

University of Iowa and Arcos Films would like to invite you to a FREE screening of Switch, a new award-winning documentary that moves past the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy.

Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future?  Switch delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.
 
Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy. This screening is part of over 250 universities across the country participating in the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which launched last fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.
 
Audiences have called Switch “the first truly balanced energy film." As no documentary before it, SWITCH has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.
 
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with several energy experts affiliated with the University of Iowa.  Confirmed participants include:  Executive Vice President and Provost Barry Butler, whose current research interests are in the field of wind energy; Iowa State Geologist Robert Libra, an expert on Iowa’s natural resources and on the controversial trends in hydrofracturing; Ferman Milster, Principal Engineer - Renewables, UI Office of Sustainability, a leader in designing and implementing UI’s innovative sustainability practices; and Associate Professor of History and Geography, Tyler Priest, an expert in offshore oil development and former senior analyst on the President’s National Oil Spill Commission.

This event is jointly sponsored by the UI Environmental Coalition, UI Sierra Student Coalition, UI Global Health Club, and UI Take Back the Tap.