Köhler-Busch to talk Germany and energy on March 7

February 22, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On Thursday, March 7, Dr. Madelon Köhler-Busch, assistant professor of German in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Humanities Department, will give a faculty forum presentation entitled “Energiewende: Germany’s Path into the Renewable Energy Age.” Köhler-Busch’s talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. in Lundeen Lecture Hall, Room 103, in Doudna Hall. The event includes a response by Dr. Richard Waugh, UW-Platteville geography professor, as well as a question and answer session.

Energiewende, which Köhler-Busch translates to “changing direction in energy production,” is Germany’s policy to phase out nuclear power and fossil fuels as energy sources and move primarily to renewable options, like wind and solar.

“Germany is Europe’s largest economy and the world’s fourth largest,” said Köhler-Busch. “Yet Germany is also on its way to decommission all its nuclear power plants by the year 2022. I will present Germany in its capacity as a global leader in green energy and sustainable living, and discuss policy developments and specific consumer behavior.”

Köhler-Busch, who grew up in Munich, Germany, joined UW-Platteville in 2011. Her research interests also include the heirloom Bavarian farm gardens of southern Germany and the women who tend them.

The UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education has been sponsoring the faculty forum series annually since 2004. The forums allow faculty members to present information in their research areas and are designed to generate discussion and increase knowledge about current topics around the world.

Contact: Dr. Madelon Köhler-Busch, assistant professor, UW-Platteville Department of Humanities, (608) 342-7129, kohlerbuschm@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, weinbreb@uwplatt.edu


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