The University of Iowa

Energy and Global Health on a Sick Planet

September 24th, 2012

Global Health Studies conference to be held Oct. 5-7

How severely is the world’s energy consumption affecting the health of its communities?
There is a growing consensus on the part of the global community that a reevaluation of energy needs and mechanisms to produce energy is imperative. Using the lens of health impacts as the focus, this year’s Global Health Studies conference, “Energy and Global Health on a Sick Planet,” will explore current challenges and potential remedies to global energy needs.
The conference will be held in various locations on the University of Iowa campus from Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7. Registration information can be accessed on the Global Health Studies Program website.
Along with several diverse panels and forums featuring a variety of local, national, and worldwide experts, Tracy Bach and Arne Jungjohann will each give a keynote address during the weekend’s activities.
Bach, a professor at the Vermont Law School, will present “Balancing Global Energy Needs with Health and Environmental Needs” to kick off the conference. Bach has a long history of working for environmental health and justice in U.S., Asia and Africa, and she was a Fulbright Scholar recently in Dakar, Senegal.
Jungjohan, who is director of the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and a former advisor for the German Green Party, is widely recognized for his work identifying solutions toward a low carbon economy. His keynote is titled “Energy Solutions – Constraining Impacts, Improving Global Health.”
Students wishing to receive credit for this course will have already registered for 152:152 on ISIS and attended an orientation session. Community members can still register for this conference through the Global Health Studies Program website. Course fee is $40, which covers dinner and lunch.
This conference is sponsored by the Global Health Studies Program, International Programs, and Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility.
For more information, contact Sarolta Graves at or 319-335-3862.