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Amanda Little

Amanda Little is a journalist writing about the environment and innovation. She is a professor of investigative journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University, and has a particular fondness for far-flung and hard-to-stomach reporting that takes her to ultradeep oil rigs, down manholes, into sewage plants, and inside monsoon clouds.

She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World (Random House: Crown/Harmony), which explores how we'll feed humanity sustainably and equitably in the climate change era. She also wrote Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy (HarperCollins). Amanda has published her wrtiting in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Wired, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and elsewhere. A former columnist for Outside magazine and, she is a recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for excellence in environmental journalism.

Little has interviewed figures ranging from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. A graduate of Brown University, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and kids

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Fossil fuels gave rise to America’s industries, our military, our cities, and our digital economy-- to virtually every aspect of our lives. Amanda Little will describe how energy built the American superpower. She has traveled from deep-sea oil rigs to the guts of the electricity grid and the offices of the Pentagon to understand the inner-workings of America's energy system. She will explain why energy has become the single most important issue of our time, and how the shift to a leaner, smarter energy system will rebuild and renew our economy.

Green Giants

Amanda Little will explain how efficiency and environmental strategy are transforming the most powerful businesses in America. For her reporting in Forbes, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, she has interviewed chairmen and CEOs of Walmart (H. Lee Scott and Mike Duke), General Electric (Jeffrey Immelt), Duke Energy (Jim Rogers), GM (Bob Lutz) and News Corp (Rupert Murdoch), and will offer case studies from these companies to illustrate how sustainable practices are spurring innovation and improving their bottom lines.

Energy Future

The energy landscape is changing dramatically. The cost of solar has come down 80 percent in the last five years; the wind power industry will reach nearly $75 billion globally by 2015, with 235 GW installed capacity. New extraction methods are expanding access to oil and natural gas. Innovation is exploding in algae fuels, super crops, electric cars, liquid batteries, zero-energy buildings, and beyond. Efficiency, meanwhile, remains the cheapest, quickest and least polluting way to meet the world’s growing demand for energy. Amanda Little will describe the most exciting innovations on the horizon in clean-tech and energy efficiency, presenting a portrait of this changing energy landscape.

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