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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Stimulus Bill: Strategic Implications for Education, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure -- A Web Symposium

Stimulus Bill opportunities and strategic implications will be the focus of the AAPG's inaugural hour-long interactive web symposium, "What the Stimulus Bill Contains for Energy, Environment, Education, Infrastructure Funding" to be held March 19, 2009. The web symposium will cover the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Slated to begin at 2 pm CDT, and to contain an hour of presentations and discussions with a panel of experts, the web symposium will allow audience members to check their knowledge, ask questions, and get information about the steps needed to participate in the government programs. Perhaps most importantly, presenters and participants will probe the long-term strategic implications of policy and spending decisions.

Listen to the podcast of this post.

The fact that the web symposium will be live and interactive means that participants can weigh in from any computer with a high-speed internet connection, and they can respond to questions, online polls and more. Further, participants can text message and email each other as the presenters review specific information about the bill's provisions in the areas of energy, environment, infrastructure, and education.

Energy-related provisions will be covered, and presenters will delineate and discuss the items of the bill, which will include oil and gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Presenters will discuss specific provisions, to include the more than $40 billion that will be available in the following areas: energy efficiency using green technology, modernized electric grid, energy efficiency and renewable energy research, batteries systems, alternative fuel vehicles, fossil energy grants, and more. The presenters will also discuss the bill as it relates to carbon sequestration, unconventional energy resources, clean coal, wind energy, geothermal, and more.

Environment-related discussions will cover the more than $15 billion for Environmental Clean-Up, and the approximately $30 billion of programs that relate to infrastructure and energy.

Infrastructure-related discussions will encompass the more than $100 billion to be available in the following areas: broadband access and usage in unserved and underserved areas; Homeland Security services expansion; Corp of Engineers projects; VA hospital and medical facility construction; repair and restoration of public facilities on tribal lands; modernization of defense and health facilities; low-income housing; block grants; clean reliable drinking water facilities for areas affected by drought; transportation (highway, public transportation, air transportation, rail transportation); and public housing (energy efficiency, updates, repairs, green investment in HUD housing and repurposed buildings).

Education-related discussions will cover the more than $100 billion in education, science education, and educational infrastructure projects.

Presenters include Theresa Coffman, who teaches courses on infrastructure and environmental issues at the University of Oklahoma; David Curtiss, government affairs, and Director of AAPG's Washington, DC office; and Dr. Susan Nash, education, technology, and economic development, and Director of Education and Professional Development for the AAPG.

The cost for the event is $95, and registration is available at
Good Deeds Society: An opportunity for kids to do good deeds for the environment. Podcast of the post.

Stephen Downes OLDaily: Outstanding overview of technology trends by Stephen Downes. LERN symposium -- link to recording.

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