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Earth Week 2017 Speaker Series

All Speaker Series events are free, open to the public, and include lunch (first come, first served). Please click on the links below to find out more about these events.  

Achieving a 100% Clean Energy Future

Monday, April 17
Winnett Lounge, 12pm-1:30pm

Nicole Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy and climate policy advisor for local governments and was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding clean energy Climate Action Plan. San Diego is one of the largest US cities to commit to using 100% clean energy and the Climate Action Plan lays out the steps to achieve this ambitious goal.  Ms. Capretz’s talk will focus on how to practically achieve a 100% clean energy future, the importance of a shared vision for action, and how solving climate change connects to a diverse group of movements and causes.

The Fate of the Terrestrial Biosphere Under a Changing Climate

Tuesday, April 18
Winnett Lounge, 12pm-1:30pm

One of the largest uncertainties in projections of future climate change is the role of terrestrial ecosystems in contributing to or mediating the rise in atmospheric CO2. This is because terrestrial ecosystems can act both as carbon sinks (i.e., photosynthesis, net primary production) and also as carbon sources (i.e., respiration, decomposition, combustion). The reasons tipping the source/sink balance depend on conditions, sensitivities, thresholds, and projections of temperature, moisture, nutrients, disturbance, and adaptation. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), we are working on understanding these feedbacks and impacts through satellite remote sensing and land surface modeling across carbon, water, and nutrient cycles. In this talk, Dr. Joshua B. Fisher, a Climate Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Science Lead of the ECOSTRESS Mission, will give an overview of the latest remote sensing datasets and model developments from JPL, and discuss new insights into the behavior and understanding of terrestrial ecosystems in a changing climate.

Environmental Justice in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 19
Winnett Lounge, 12pm-1:30pm

Environmental justice is a concept that combines civil rights and environmentalism; it is a recognition that those most vulnerable in our society—low-income communities and people of color—bear the burden of the most harm from pollution. Los Angeles, a diverse and in many ways divided city that faces significant environmental problems, provides a quintessential case study for environmental injustice. In this talk, Maya Golden-Krasner, Senior Attorney for the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity, will explore how LA’s legacy of air pollution, poor land use decisions, and oil extraction provides a lens through which we can examine some of the systemic causes of environmental injustice, as well as the legal and other tools used to combat it.

The Urban Canopy: Growth for the Next 100 Years

Thursday, April 20
Avery Dining Hall, 12pm-1:30pm

Our urban canopy is undergoing significant change due to stress from development, climate change, drought, and a variety of other factors. Daniel Goyette, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist at the Huntington, will discuss how to plan for this change and plant the canopy that will dominate the landscape 100-150 years from now. Additionally, the talk will discuss how to include and integrate such a plan into a master plan and allow the canopy restoration work underway at the Huntington to spread beyond its boundaries and take root, literally, in adjacent and surrounding communities.