Sustainability Speaker Series
We are pleased to announce the Fall 2013 semester Sustainability Speaker Series. Please join us for the following events.
Upcoming Spring 2014 Events
The Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from the Homer Hayward Family.
Impact Investing and Sustainable Development
Karla Newendorp- (Operations Director- The Eleos Foundation)
Karla joined the Eleos team in 2012. Previously, she was a Research Analyst at the New York based NGO, Peace Dividend Trust an organizations focused on economic development in post conflict areas. Karla has worked directly with social entrepreneurs throughout Africa, Latin America and most recently in Afghanistan.
Prior to Peace Dividend Trust, Karla worked for a Communications firm dedicated to the promotion of socially responsible businesses, the World Affairs Council and the United Nations. She has a Masters Degree in Development Economics and International Cooperation from the University of Rome, Italy and a Bachelors Degree in International Relations.
February 24, 2014
Possibilities for a Sustainable Future
Dr. Jonathan Trent- (OMEGA Project Scientist- NASA Ames Research Center, Adjunct Professor- Biomolecular Engineering Dept. UC Santa Cruz)
After earning his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, Jonathan Trent spent six years in Europe at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the University of Paris at Orsay in France. In 1998, he moved to NASA Ames Research Center, where he established the Protein Nanotechnology Group. These researchers focus on building nanostructures using biomolecules from extremophiles-organisms adapted to extreme environments, such as high temperatures, high or low pH, ionizing radiation, or saturated salts. Using these robust biomolecules, and manipulating molecular recognition and self-assembly with genetic engineering, his team has built patterned nano-particle arrays for data storage and molecular scaffolds for enhancing enzyme activities.
In addition to working at NASA, Trent was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. Two years later, he was awarded the prestigious Nano50 award for Innovation in Nanotechnology, and was elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Since then, Trent has initiated Global Research into Energy and the Environment at NASA (GREEN) with support from Google. Among other projects, Trent and the GREEN team are developing systems for producing a sustainable, carbon-neutral feedstock for the biofuels of the future. Trent's recent research and inventions are focused on methods for obtaining alternative fuels, processing municipal wastewater, and economically producing freshwater by desalination. In April 2009, he organized and led an international conference in Denmark entitled: Wind, Sea, and Algae.
March 6, 2014
12 pm- 2pm
Development Theory and Reality: The Latvian Example
Dr. Gundars Rudzitis- (Professor Emeritus- Department of Geography, University of Idaho. Adjunct Professor- Department of Philosophy, University of Idaho.
Conventional development theory is “under-developed” in that it leaves out many of the important facets of life. This has become more apparent with arguments for a more sustainable development approach. Conventional development theory embraces the myth of limitlessness, in the process ignoring the role of nature, assuming that nature, or the environment is limitless. However, the assumption that there are no limits on nature is an illusion, a fantasy with which we continue to live even as various ecologists, ecological economists, geographers, poets, political scientists, philosophers and others try to impress upon us the physical limits of our planet, limits we must honor if we are to survive. However, most development “experts” ignore limits, and growth-mania generally prevails as a dominant ideology in Western culture. There is a need to move in the direction of alternative culturally place-specific development models that go beyond the simplistic development models in use today. Such geographically based theory can also lead to more democratic and socially just outcomes.
March 10, 2014
Is There A Role for Seawater Desalination in California's Future?
Dr. Carol A Reeb- (Marine Biologist and Fisheries Geneticist at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University)
Carol Reeb is a researcher at Hopkins Marine Station. She works on issues related to ecology, conservation, and evolution of marine species, especially those that are commercially exploited.
March 26, 2014
Casa Fuente 434
Agriculture and Local Food Movements
Dr. David Cleveland- (Professor of Environmental Science, UC Santa Barbara)
David Cleveland is a human ecologist who has done research and development project work on sustainable agrifood systems with small-scale farmers and gardeners around the world, including in
Bawku (Ghana), Oaxaca (Mexico), Zuni and Hopi (southwest USA), North-West Frontier Province
(Pakistan) and Santa Barbara County (California, USA). He earned an M.S. in genetics and a Ph.D. (1980) in ecological anthropology from the University of Arizona, and is a professor in the Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB he is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Geography and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.
Cleveland’s research and teaching focus on sustainable, small-scale agrifood systems, including plant breeding and conservation of crop genetic diversity, local and scientific knowledge and collaboration between farmers and scientists, climate change, nutrition and food sovereignty.
He is currently researching the potential for agrifood system localization to improve nutrition, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthen communities in Santa Barbara County, California and the US; and on the genetic, ecological and sociocultural impact of genetically engineered crop varieties globally. His latest book is Balancing on a Planet: The Future of Food and Agriculture (2014, University of California Press).
April 9. 2014
Massachusetts Nascent Water Technology Cluster
April 17, 2014
Energy Policy and the Military
Stephanie Kline (Programs Associate, Energy Program)
Stephanie Kline is a program associate with Environmental Defense Fund’s Smart Power Program and manages southeast military and veteran engagement initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2006). While at MIIS, she interned with the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment. After graduation, she worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a contracted policy analyst supporting the Sustainable Ranges Initiative. In 2008, Stephanie was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps where she served on the Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations East staff supporting the Food and Fuel for the Forces program, a farmland preservation initiative in North Carolina. Now with Environmental Defense Fund, Stephanie lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband.
April 23, 2014
Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future
Dr. Bron Taylor (Professor of Environmental Science, University of Florida)
Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion, Nature and Environmental Ethics at The University of Florida. He is also a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center (at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munchen), and an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for Environment and Development at Oslo University. As an interdisciplinary environmental studies scholar, Taylor’s research and teaching engages the quest for environmentally sustainable and more equitable societies.
Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Social and Religious Ethics from the University of Southern California, and he has taught at The University of California, Long Beach, The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, The University of Florida, and at the University of Colorado.
An academic entrepreneur and program builder, he led the initiative to create an academic major in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, later initiated and was elected president of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, while also founding its affiliated journal and becoming its editor. Appointed as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Professor at the University of Florida in 2002, he played a leading role in constructing the world's first Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Religion and Nature.
Professor Taylor’s central scholarly interest and personal passion is the conservation of the earth’s biological diversity and how human cultures might evolve rapidly enough to arrest and reverse today’s intensifying environmental and social crises. This website provides access to his publications, interviews, presentations, initiatives, and blog. Immediately to the left are links to a short biography, list of awards, an unabridged resume, a personal statement, and contact information.
April 30, 2014
More speakers to come!