September 21, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504
Edison Lobão, the Brazilian minister of mines and energy, and one of the South American country’s most prominent government officials, will speak at Utah Valley University on Sept. 28 about the challenges of developing energy alternatives while protecting the environment.
Brazil is a leading country in developing new sources of energy while also balancing the related environmental concerns, such as global warming.
“Brazil is a global energy giant, including hydro and ethanol,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of International Affairs Diplomacy. “Minister Edison Lobão oversees the nation’s energy policies and practices and, as such, is an international authority on energy issues.”
Recently, the Brazilian government announced financial incentives to producers of sugar cane to ensure the country has an adequate supply of sugar-cane-based ethanol, an increasingly popular fuel source in Brazil.
“As part of UVU’s ‘Global Spotlight: Brazil,’ Minister Lobão’s visit to the University is a unique opportunity for our students and community to engage with a key world energy leader. It helps establish UVU’s reputation as a serious institution on the international stage,” Butler said.
Lobão is a former journalist and lawyer, and governor of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. He has been elected to three terms in the Brazilian senate, and is currently on leave from his third term to serve his second stint as Brazil’s top energy official.
Lobão’s address is free to students and the public, and begins at 10 a.m. in the UVU Library auditorium, room 120.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.