Innovation 150 Lecture Series

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Johnson GEO CENTRE, 175 Signal Hill Road

Marine Renewables & Spatial Planning: How Canada Can Take the Next Step Toward Clean Renewable Energy 

As part of the Geon Centre's Innovation 150 Lecture Series, we will be having numerous speakers come in to talk about innovation, both in our province and around the country. The first talk is to be held by the World Wildlife Fund, and is a free lecture.

One of the World Wildlife Fund’s missions is finding solutions for the world’s toughest conservation challenges; one of these challenges is climate change. WWF would like to see the world using 100% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2050. This talk will focus on marine renewables and marine spatial planning. Marine renewables are an innovative new way to extract power from the environment, such as solar, wind, and tidal energy. The WWF has developed renewable energy maps for the province of New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy, showing renewable energy resources and areas of high conservation value. These maps highlight areas where renewable energy could be generated with more minimal impacts on the environment, but also identify areas where we should be more cautious. Susan Saunders (our lecturer), will also delve into marine spatial planning as an innovative tool for planning in the marine environment, especially in areas of high human use. It can be used to help minimize conflicts between different uses of the ocean, and conflicts between ocean uses and important wildlife/habitats. With a focus on these new forms of renewable energy, the WWF is hoping to lead Canada into a new age of energy innovation.

About the lecturer:
Sarah Saunders is a specialist on marine protection and marine renewable energy with World Wildlife Fund-Canada. Miss Saunders holds degrees in marine biology and resource and environmental management from Dalhousie University, and has been working with WWF-Canada since 2014. Her work mainly focuses on helping to protect important areas in Canada’s three oceans, and ensuring that marine renewable energy developments respect nature.