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Progress Report on San Francisco's Sustainability Efforts

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jared Blumenfeld

  • Director, Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco

San Francisco has become one of the most innovative cities in the world in implementing new comprehensive approaches to urban sustainability. From its groundbreaking zero waste strategies such as the residential compost and green waste recycling program, to its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the City has been...

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Progress, Impact, and Future Directions of the Tyndall's Centre's Integrated Assessment Facility

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jim Hall

  • Civil and Environmental Engineer, Newcastle University

Through the Tyndall Centre Cities Research Programme, researchers from seven universities and high profile stakeholders have developed an Urban Integrated Assessment Facility (UIAF). This city-scale assessment tool simulates the effects of long term changes in urban areas and can be used to test strategies for adaptation to and mitigation...

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The Business Strategy of Climate Change

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Andrew J. Hoffman

  • Holcim (US) Professor, Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
  • Associate Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

In this talk, Professor Hoffman will discuss the business implications of climate change: why and how companies should be paying attention to the issue. In a nutshell, climate change should be regarded as a market shift, one that will create winners and losers. In fact, business executives can...

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The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, March 6, 2009

Mitch Thomashow

  • President, Unity College

It is crucial that in uncertain economic times, we reiterate our commitment to sustainable approaches to all aspects of our lives. Broadly conceived, a sustainable culture for a college or university involves infrastructure, community, and learning. The infrastructure challenge involves (1) energy, (2) food, and (3) materials. The community...

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Living in the Unity House

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, March 6, 2009

Cindy Thomashow

  • Executive Director, Center for Environmental Education, Unity College

The Unity House is the Presidential Residence at Unity College. It was built as part of the commitment by the College to invest in the future they are trying to educate toward. Mitch and Cindy Thomashow were eager to build a carbon-neutral, LEED platinum home, and even more eager to...

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What Would Nature Do? Biomimicry as a Path to Sustainability

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Janine Benyus

  • Author and President, Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested ideas. The goal is to create products, processes, companies and policies that are well adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Biomimics around the world are learning to adhere like a gecko, cool buildings like...

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Ecological Restoration and Restoration Ecology: Using Streams as a Case Study

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, January 23, 2009

Margaret A. Palmer

  • Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Director, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Rivers and streams are increasingly stressed by human activity, which tends to homogenize flows, simplify habitats, and reduce diversity. As recognition of these impacts has increased, there has been a parallel increase in restoring streams, helping them to recover and be more resilient in the face of future stressors...

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Beyond Universal Remedies for Good Water Governance: A Political and Contextual Approach

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Helen Ingram

  • Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and the Drew, Chace and Erin Warmington Chair, School of Social Ecology
  • Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences
  • University of California, Irvine

Helen Ingram is a Research Fellow at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Author of 13 books and over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, Professor Ingram has made scholarly contributions to water resources policy, environmental policy,...

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International Climate Change Policy: 10 Precepts for the New Administration

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Daniel Bodansky

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Development
  • Emily and Ernset Woodruff Chair in International Law
  • School of Law, University of Georgia

In preparation for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, our next President will need to have the building blocks of a US climate change foreign policy in place shortly after inauguration. Daniel Bodansky's talk proposes 10 central foreign policy precepts that address the need for domestic action and...

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Beyond Taboo: The Interdisciplinary Imperative in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bron Taylor

  • Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida

The quest for environmental sustainability depends on accurate diagnoses and fitting prescriptions. But there is no consensus as to the roots of environmental problems or how to respond. Some claim the problems and solutions are largely technological, others say they are largely cultural, and the contending parties rarely meet...

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Strategic Global Significance of China and Brazil's Coke and Steel Supply Chains

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, October 24, 2008

Karen Polenske

  • Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

China is now the largest producer of coal, coke, and steel in the world. Polenske will trace the supply chains for these important commodities and examine factors that are affecting their prices and use. In addition, she will examine the causes of the recent climb in energy intensity (energy...

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A Declaration of Energy Independence

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jay Hakes

  • Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Energy debates in Washington are disquieting to the careful observer. Economic myths replace science as the basis of decision making. The right believes that governmental controls disrupt energy markets while the left warns that special interests are aiming to thwart the national interest. Neither simplification stands up to economic analysis,...

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