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By Ryan Schoensee
Special Projects Writer, Office of University Communications

(Oct. 17, 2012) -- The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at The University of Texas at San Antonio will host a screening of "Switch," a documentary that explores energy's past, present and future at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.106) at the UTSA Main Campus. The screening is free and open to the public.

Praised by both environmentalists and energy firms for its neutral and pragmatic stance,
Switch" objectively examines past sources for our energy that have built society and explores alternative means to more efficient forms of energy that will shape our future. The documentary discusses the world's energy infrastructure as well as the costs and benefits of different energy sources.

"Switch" was made by award-winning documentary director Harry Lynch, whose work has been viewed by millions of people around the world. Lynch is the founder of Arcos Films and the co-founder of Trinity Films. The documentary features Scott Tinker, professor of geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Tinker wrote the script of the documentary, which was filmed in high definition and includes an original musical score.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was created to develop citizen leaders for the global community committed to transform the energy future of San Antonio, Texas and the nation. The Institute integrates scientific discovery, engineering innovation and policy deliberations with pragmatic implementation and a commitment to our multicultural traditions to realize the promise of tomorrow's America as a global energy leader.

>> Learn more at the Switch Energy Project website and reserve your free seat at utsa.eventbrite.com.

 

 

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