La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet will participate on a panel discussing How Should Wisconsin Leaders Tackle Climate Change during Cap Times Idea Fest 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 3. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk will moderate the event, which begins at 1 p.m.
After two years of in-person events, Idea Fest is virtual this year. The climate change panel discussion is one of more than two dozen sessions. Most events are free, but Cap Times members will have access to some exclusive sessions.
Joining Nemet will be Madeleine Para, vice president of programs, Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Dane County Executive Joe Parisi; and Elizabeth Ward, chapter director, Sierra Club Wisconsin.
Nemet’s research focuses on understanding the process of technological change and the ways in which public policy can affect it. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, policy analysis, and international environmental policy.
Nemet's first book, How Solar Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation, was published in June 2019 by Routledge. In the book, he makes the case that by understanding the drivers behind solar energy’s success, other low-carbon technologies with similar properties can benefit.
In 2017, Nemet was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and he is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report.