Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from Nancy Eccles and Homer Hayward Family Foundation.

Upcoming Event

Technology, Health and Food Choice 

Molly Maloof

Medical Advisor for Anonos, DoctorBase, and Swan Sleep Solutions, Director of Clinical Strategy for 3scan, Private Practice Physician
May 16
Morse B106 

Dr. Molly Maloof's goal is to maximize human potential by dramatically extending human healthspan through medical technology, scientific wellness, & educational media. When she saw the digital revolution transforming medicine she knew she had to be a part of it. Since 2012 she has worked as an independent advisor and strategy consultant to over 17 technology companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Her fascination with innovation has transferred into her private medical practice, which is focused on providing health optimization and personalized medicine to entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. Her iterative programs take the quantified self to the extreme through comprehensive testing of clinical chemistry, metabolomics, microbiome, biometrics, and genomic markers. She favors the use of food over pharmacology and believes the next frontier in tech is the exploration of our “inner media.” 

Spring 2016 Events

The Role of Impact Investing in Solving Global Sustainability Problems

Ricardo Bayon

Partner and Co-founder of Encourage Capital, Co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners, Founder of Ecosystem Marketplace
February 24, 2016
McGowan 102

Ricardo Bayon is a partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. In addition, prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a website and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets.

Arctic in the Mirror: Closer than it Appears

Brendan Kelly

Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change
March 29
Irvine Auditorium

The Arctic seems remote and disconnected from lower latitudes, but it is rapidly approaching as a force influencing life all over the planet. Like an object in the rear view mirror, the Arctic is closer than it appears.  Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change, will share his knowledge based on four decades of studying Arctic ecosystems with indigenous and scientific teachers. He will offer perspectives on how changes in energy use and economics are altering the Arctic environment challenging our ethical responses. Registration is required for this event. Click here to register and to see more on the CBE's event, Arctic in the Mirror.

Managing Transboundary Waters: Promise and Peril

Aaron Wolf

Professor of Geography, Oregon State University
March 30th, 2016
McGowan 102

Aaron Wolf is an internationally recognized expert on water cooperation and conflict resolution. He teaches in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University in Corvalis and directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. He has consulted to the US State Department, USAID, the World Bank, and several governments and has published seven books and more than 50 articles on water conflict and cooperation. Additionally, in 2015 he won the prestigious Heinz Award in the category of public policy. Click here to learn more about Aaron Wolf's Heinz Award.

Reducing Animal Consumption in China 

Matt Grager

Climate Program Officer for WildAid, Member of the Board of Directors for California Communications Access Foundation
April 4
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Matt Grager joined WildAid in 2015 to coordinate its fight against climate change, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by advocating for individual behavior change. His diverse nonprofit and social justice background includes experience in communications, marketing, fundraising, and program development.

Before joining WildAid, Matt developed and led the disaster resilience program at Give2Asia. That program continues to help communities at risk of natural disasters and climate change by supporting, training and funding local NGOs and educating international philanthropists on the subject.

After teaching English as a foreign language in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju, South Korea, Matt reluctantly repatriated in 2011, but his passion for ecploring new places and cultures remains. He has a dagree in print journalism from Chapman University and previously worked as a sports reporter for The Orange County Register. When not traveling abroad, he enjoys hiking, writing, and cooking.


Behavior Design and Food Choice

Julia Townsend

Founder and Principal of Enviro-Strategy, Program Associate for Regional Water Management Foundation, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Member of IUCN, Adjunct Professor for Middlebury Institute of International Studies
April 11
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Julia is also the founder and principal consultant for Enviro-Strategy, where she is currently designing and implementing pilot projects related to residential water use for the Soquel Creek Water District. She has received numerous honors and appointments including being a 2014 Global Youth Ambassador, representing the U.S. at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. Click here for more information on our esteemed MIIS Adjunct Professor Julia Townsend

Paddle On!

Alyssum Pohl

Keynote Speaker for Earth Week
April 20
McGowan 100

Alyssum Pohl, a MIIS alumnus, will be visiting Monterey for our Earth Week line-up and will be speaking on her experience of kayaking the Mississippi River while collecting and documenting plastic waste along the river. Her amazing experience is documented through blogs on her Paddle On! website along with her confirmed speaking dates and locations this Spring.

Come join us at MIIS on April 20th to hear Alyssum Pohl speak on this important topic!

Sonic Sea

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
April 21
Irvine Auditorium

The oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.  Sonic Sea is a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Join us for a free film screening followed by a panel discussion including Michael Jasny, Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council and other ocean leaders. Registration is required for this event. Click here to register and to see more on the CBE's event, Sonic Sea.

Equity, Ambition and Paris: What next for the global climate regime?

Tom Athanasiou

Coordinator for Climate Action Network's Equity Working Group, Co-Director for the Climate Equity Reference Project
April 28
McGowan 102

Tom Athanasiou is a climate-equity specialist.  He coordinates the Climate Action Network’s Equity Working Group, and co-directs the Climate Equity Reference Project, a long-term modeling and policy analysis initiative designed to advance equity as a driver of extremely ambitious global climate mobilization.  His principle interest is distributional justice within the context of an emergency global climate mobilization, which he hopes to live to see.  As a writer, he is the author of Divided Planet: the Ecology of Rich and Poor, and the co-author of Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming and Greenhouse Development Rights: The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World.  He is also currently writing a new book, entitled Justice within Limits. 

Urban Sharecropping with Good Neighbor Gardens

Mia Vaughnes

Co-Founder of Good Neighbor Gardens
May 9
Morse B106

In 1987 Mia started an organic food cart at UCSD supporting local organic farmers.  There was just a handful at the time. She was one of the early pioneers who taught students the importance of eating "organic" at a time when the word was not yet in most people's consciousness.

“I think we are living in a socially disconnected and health starved community. Food can bring us together. It has always been the life-giving, unifying force and tastes better when shared. It's the common denominator by which we can work together, side by side to regenerate ourselves and our community".

The Success and Challenges of Revolution Foods

Kirsten Tobey

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Revolution Foods
May 9
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Kirsten began her career teaching and leading education programs in the U.S. and Latin America. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute Environmental Fellow, member of the Culinary Institute of America's Sustainable Business Leadership Council and past mentor for the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program.

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