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2006.06.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Students to Host National Summit on Oil Dependence and Climate Change

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) will host a national summit this summer to examine the issues of oil independence and climate change.

The event, titled "Oil Dependence and Climate Change: We Do Have a Choice," will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, on the UNO campus.  It will bring together student leaders from across the United States for a day of workshops, speakers and discussions on how young people can take positive action to reduce U.S. oil dependence and preserve the global environment.

Participants will hear from top experts and then be immersed in breakout sessions where they will have the chance to weigh in with their own view on how the United States can ensure a secure energy future.  They will learn strategies for talking about global environmental issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities as part of a national series on oil dependence and climate change.

"The students also will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods," said Jenn Piatt, president of the UNO chapter of AID.  Piatt is a junior majoring in political science at UNO.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:

- Bill Moore, publisher and editor of EV World.  Moore, an expert on issues of vehicle technology and sustainable transportation, is a former writer for Discover, Popular Science and Air & Space Smithsonian.

- Robert Kuzelka, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resource Sciences.  He is a former staff member at the University of Nebraska Water Center, Nebraska State Office of Planning and Programming, and the City of Tulsa Model Cities Agency.

The summit is being funded with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.  As a result, it is free to selected participants, including lodging and food.  Travel to the conference is at the expense of the participants.  The UNO chapter of AID will assist in setting up car pools for those within driving distance of Omaha.

To apply for participation at the summit, visit the Web at http://www.aidemocracy.org/omaha.cfm.  The summit is designed for college students, but high school students with a special interest in the topic are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Piatt at jnpiatt@gmail.com.

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