The Future of Energy
Maxine Savitz, Vice President, National Academy of Engineering and Retired General Manager, Technology Partnerships, Honeywell, Inc.
"America’s Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities"
In the last two years the role of energy in national security, climate change, and long-term U.S. economic vitality has been at the forefront of national attention. The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering has just completed a series of reports which assessed the potential of a wide range of technologies to transform energy production, distribution, and use with the goal of increasing energy security and reducing adverse environmental impacts. The findings of the report will be summarized. The major portion of the talk will be a discussion of the finding that increased adoption of energy-efficiency technologies is the nearest term and lowest-cost option for moderating the nation’s energy demand over the next decade. With an accelerated effort to employ a variety of efficiency technologies in the buildings, transportation, and industrial sectors, The U.S. could reduce its energy use by 30 percent while saving money by 2030.
Maxine Savitz is retired general manager of Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. and has more than 35 years of experience managing research, development and implementation programs for the public and private sectors, including in the aerospace, transportation and industrial sectors. From 1979 to 1983, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation in the US Department of Energy. She currently serves as vice-president of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Savitz serves on advisory bodies for the Sandia National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and is a member of the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. She served on the National Academy’s committee on America’s Energy Future and was vice-chair of the Energy Efficiency committee. She was recently appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Dr. Savitz received a B.A. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in chemistry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Future of Energy lecture series is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment with generous support from Bank of America. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.