Media Advisory | Jun. 8, 2011

Global leaders in business and sustainability to join 400 students to tackle ‘unsolvable’ energy problems

Event: International Student Energy Summit

Date: June 9 -11

Time: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily


Life Sciences Building, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Forest Sciences Building, 2424 Main Mall


Media are invited to attend the International Student Energy Summit (ISES), where world energy scholars, business leaders, government and 400 students from 35 countries will gather to explore practical solutions for a more sustainable planet.

From Thursday to Saturday, delegates will tackle the world’s most pressing “unsolvable energy problems,” as voted by global youth and experts on social media, to accelerate society’s transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Media highlights include:

• A keynote address by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rajendra Pachauri, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chair, hosted by CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. June 11, 10:30 a.m.
Expert panels on the future of the Alberta oil sands, the economic outlook of global energy markets, the impacts of Middle East unrest on energy markets, deepwater drilling and emerging clean energies and technologies. Various times, June 9-11
• Recent Harvard graduates will demonstrate sOccket, a soccer ball they invented that harnesses kinetic energy to produce clean electricity. Media availability starts June 10, 12:30 p.m.
• Students will simulate stakeholder negotiations of Enbridge’s controversial proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to explore win/win economic, social and environmental solutions. June 10 1:45.
• The FortisBC Community Energy Challenge, a $4,000 student competition to design the most sustainable community. June 10, 1 p.m.

To arrange advance media availability for weekend/evening speakers, contact Alexandria Mitchell, ISES, at 604-308-1677.

View the ISES program and promotional video at: Follow on twitter at: @studentenergy

Read “Students fuel sustainable solutions,” a UBC Reports article on ISES at:

ISES, sponsored by the UBC Sustainability Initiative, will be one of world’s largest and most international student energy conferences. UBC student organizers have raised more than $300,000 in sponsorships and assembled an advisory board of major national and international energy leaders.

Learn more about UBC sustainability at:


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