It seems that a global program of sustainability is needed. It is not enough to reduce the rate of damage that civilization is inflicting on the globe; rather, a program of reversing the damage is urgently required. A zero carbon emissions program will not, in fact, be sufficient. What will be needed is an aggressive campaign to reverse the global damage inflicted since Drake first discovered oil in 1859. It will only take 200 years for civilization to consume all the oil created by plants and dinosaurs over 500 million years!
Ernest A. Conrad is president of Landmark Facilities Group, an engineering and design firm based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that specializes in museums, libraries, historic structures, and their collections. A graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a master’s degree in envi- ronmental engineering, he has been involved in the design of climate control systems at a number of U.S. cultural institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Library of Congress. Conrad is a licensed profes- sional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Conrad Climate Control Systems Design and Climate Change Contribution to the Experts’ Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies, held in April 2007, in Tenerife, Spain