One year out from the financial crash, the economy is just beginning to get its head above water. Students, like many Americans, are nervous about the prospect of finding jobs. To assist with this, the Monterey Institute chapter of Net Impact hosted a panel discussion on Friday, November 20 where students planning on going into the field of energy and climate change policy received advice from Institute graduates and others working in this dynamic area.
Meeting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals will require a drastic restructuring of California’s energy system. Monterey Institute Prof. Jim Williams, a senior scientist at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) in his other life, is at the forefront of the field attempting to find the best path for California to take on this monumental transition. Executive Order S-3-05 sets the target for California’s emissions in 2050 to be 80% below 1990 levels, but gives little guidance on how this will be achieved.
The sheer volume of information in circulation today can make the delivery of a clear message difficult. Under those circumstances, how do dynamic communicators connect with the right people? How are critical messages being shaped to cut through the clutter? Who is defining these messages of change? And where can people turn to feel more connected to the issues they care about?
On November 11, the ongoing Monterey/Middlebury Speaker Series will bring Middlebury College Professor Rich Wolfson to Monterey to present “Nuclear Power: One Environmentalist’s Perspective.” Professor Wolfson is Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury and also teaches in Middlebury’s Environmental Studies Program. His lecture will center on the argument that for an environmentalist, nuclear power is too complex for a simple “pro” or “anti” stance.
Posted April 22, 2009
This Wednesday, while the world celebrates Earth Day 2009, a group of leading environmental and political authors, journalists, and academics will gather at the Monterey Conference Center and Portola Hotel and Spa for a panel discussion on the role of activism in journalism.
Monterey Institute alum and sustainable fishery (and sushi) guru Casson Trenor (MAIEP ’05) is in the news again, earning a nice plug from Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning television talk show, for his recent book Sustainable Sushi. Trenor’s work as a sustainable seafood consultant and debut as an author were covered in the Winter 2009 issue of Communiqué, the Institute’s newsletter.
Bruce Paton teaches courses on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, and global business strategy.
His research focuses on business strategies and public policies for sustainability. A major emphasis in this research is development of methods for designing and evaluating voluntary and collaborative initiatives to address social and environmental issues in management.
Posted August 20, 2009
IPSS Assignment: The World Bank Washington, D.C.