The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need

WBUR is proud to be a media sponsor for The Nature Conservancy Discussion on May 1 in Cambridge

As the essential push toward a low-carbon future accelerates, how do we balance the benefits of clean energy production with the potential risks to nature?

With well-known sources like hydro, wind and solar at the forefront, many countries have made impressive strides transitioning to clean energy. Still, the challenges are immense: Consider that in 2015 only about 13 percent of the electricity produced in the United States came from renewable sources.

What are the tools—technology, policy, markets and beyond—that will help us produce the clean energy we need, while protecting the health of our rivers and minimizing energy sprawl and other impacts? What role can lesser known renewable sources like biomass and tidal power play?

On May 1 in Cambridge, an expert panel—Katherine Hamilton, of 38 North Solutions; Jessika Trancik, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Nels Johnson, of The Nature Conservancy—will discuss these questions and more. Dan Delurey, president of Wedgemere Group, will moderate.

The event will be the 13th in The Nature Conservancy’s Future of Nature Boston Speaker Series.

Tickets: $10, available at

Time: Special networking reception catered by Chive Events, 5:30 p.m. Panel discussion including audience questions, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: The Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD); 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

The series features leaders in their fields discussing some of our most critical conservation challenges and opportunities. Visit for more. Follow @Nature_NE for ongoing discussion on energy and other topics that affect nature in New England and beyond. Join the conversation by tweeting your hopes and concerns, using the hashtag #futureofnature.


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