This seminar will discuss the implications for sustainable economic development of the phenomenon known as the “rebound effect.” This phenomenon arises because efficiency gains in the use of resources do not reduce resource consumption in the one-for-one fashion assumed by many researchers and institutions, for reasons that will be explained. After a brief discussion of the history of this field, the discussion will touch on the theoretical foundations of rebound and will rely on examples from energy (lighting, transportation, industrial and commercial use) to inform intuition and to highlight important clarifying distinctions. All of which will set up a series of sustainability issues that will provide fodder for an open and robust discussion among participants.
Dr. Harry Saunders is the Managing Director of Decision Processes Incorporated. In this capacity he has helped institute the Decision and Risk Analysis Training Program at a number of leading corporations. He has presented seminars and training programs in the Strategic Dialog Process (SDP) to many hundreds of corporate managers and senior executives, and has provided coaching and management consulting on the SDP process.
Recent clients include Unocal, Disneyland, Chevron, Caltex, Honam Oil, and General Motors. Dr. Saunders has coached top executives at these firms through high-level applications of the process while growing the internal capability to execute the process in support of their future decision making.
Prior to co-founding Decision Processes Incorporated, Dr. Saunders was a partner in its predecessor company, Decision and Risk Analysis, Inc. Before that, Dr. Saunders was a Senior Associate at Strategic Decisions Group, where he facilitated strategy projects for several corporations and created a probabilistic forecasting system. Previously, he was Manager of Strategy at Tosco Corporation, then the largest U.S. independent oil refiner. Prior to that, he held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, and at the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board in Calgary, Alberta. He also spent two years as a private consultant to Gulf Oil Corporation, and Gulf Oil Canada, Ltd.
Dr. Saunders was a key contributor to the writing "Decision and Risk Analysis," an award-winning Korean book authored by Mr. W.B. Rha and Mr. C.S. Chung of Honam Oil. This book explains to Korean companies how to institute effective decision processes, an outgrowth of Honam's experience with the tools and processes introduced by Dr. Saunders.
Dr. Saunders has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Alberta, an M.S. in Resources Planning from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.
This seminar is sponsored by: Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, the Energy Initiative, Department of Public Administration, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Economics, College of Engineering, Honors College, Office of Sustainability.
Refreshments will be served.