Reacting to climate change is focus of next Convocation talk

Friday October 18, 2019Roger Coda

The topic “Responding to Climate Change: Reality, Action and Hope” will be addressed by James D’Aloisio, a structural and building envelope engineer and an Al Gore-trained climate reality presenter who considers himself a “conditional optimist,” in a Convocation Series talk on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., in the Science Center’s Kelly Family Auditorium.

Mr. D’Aloisio’s presentation consists of three parts.

In “Where We Are,” D’Aloisio identifies verifiable facts of anthropogenic climate change, including recent data and trends.

“What to Do” focuses on actions that may be the most effective in addressing anthropogenic climate change.

D’Aloisio’s talk concludes with “Reason for Hope,” a summary of encouraging developments, both technological and political, that suggest remedies to climate change are within reach.

The author of over 20 articles and papers on climate change awareness action, D’Aloisio has developed and given over 100 presentations across the country. D’Aloisio is chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Climate Action Team and a former chair of its sustainability committee. His passion is developing and sharing strategies to reduce carbon emissions from construction and operation of buildings.

D’Aloisio is a principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscaping architecture and building envelope services firm in Syracuse. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a LEED accredited professional and a registered professional engineer in New York State and Massachusetts.

Sponsors of the D’Aloisio’s talk, which is free and open to the public, include the Fredonia campus’ Climate Education Initiative, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Women’s Action Group, Chautauqua Climate Reality Project, Chautauqua County League of Women Voters and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.

“Be the Change” is the theme of Fredonia’s 2019-2020 Convocation Series.

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