Nancy E. Bertaux, Professor of Economics & Sustainability

"Efficiency is worthwhile only if our ends are in fact good." — Herman Daly

The Sustainocene?

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You’ve heard of the Holocene, maybe the Anthropocene, but have you heard about the Sustainocene?  Click below for a TEDx talk by a Harvard (formerly MIT) energy professor’s explanation, including how this relates to the poor:

More about scientist Daniel G. Nocera: He is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University. Before joining Harvard, Nocera was on the faculty of MIT where he was the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy. He is widely recognized in the world as a leading researcher in renewable energy at the molecular level. He has recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures many of the elements of photosynthesis and he has now translated this science to produce the artificial leaf (Innovation of the Year for 2011, Time Magazine). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was named as 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine.

A new epoch, characterized by ecological, environmental integrity and economic balance might be possible through a decentralized carbon-neutral energy system. Prof. Nocera describes his lab’s work: how to emulate photosynthesis, to store energy in water splitting and meet future global energy needs.


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Professor of Economics and Sustainability

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