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...
- 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,...
- 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...
- 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...
What might happen to the Earth if humans vanished? How would the rest of nature respond if it were suddenly relieved of the relentless pressures we heap on it? How soon would, or could, the climate return to where it was before we fired up all our engines? Could nature...
- 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...
- 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,...
- Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
- Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne
Singer specializes in practical ethics, approaching ethical issues mostly from a preference utilitarian perspective. Dr. Singer supports and is actively involved in several humanitarian organizations worldwide, including Oxfam, an organization that works directly with local grass roots organizations in developing countries, and supervises the way its money is used to...
- Professor, MacQuarie University
Drawing on the ideas from his groundbreaking new book, Tim Flannery presents a straightforward and powerful exploration of the connection between climate change, global warming, and human activity. He has a gift for making complex science understandable for a lay audience, through a deft use of imagery, analogy and common...
- Writer, educator, radio correspondent, and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico
Jeff Biggers will discuss Mitraniketan, a legendary village revitalization project in Kerala that turned one of the most deforested, overpopulated, and depressed villages in India into a model of sustainable living and ecological restoration, following the visionary ideas of adivasi forest communities and traditions of Gandhi, Tagore, the Danish folk...
Timothy P. Duane
- Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Planning
- University of California at Berkeley
The electric utility industry has gone through enormous changes in recent decades, moving from structure dominated by treatment as a state-regulated "natural monopoly" from the 1920s to the 1990s in the United States to a partially deregulated industry since the late 1990s. The shift from the Natural Monopoly Era...
Sir Peter Crane
- The John and Marion Sullivan University Professor, University of Chicago
Thomas E. Lovejoy
- President, The Heinz Center
Biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates due to human activities. And yet the understanding of the oftentimes complex ways in which human well-being depends on the world's biological resources has never been more advanced. Our capacity to identify new species, and understand how they are related to one another, is...
- Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology
- Oregon State University
Jane Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist engaged in teaching, research, synthesis, and communication of scientific knowledge.Her scientific contributions in ecology are widely recognized. Eight of her publications are "Science Citation Classics;" she is one of the "most highly cited" ecologists in the world. She is an elected...
- Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
- James March Professor-At-Large, University of Vermont
David Orr is the recipient of a Bioneers Award, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, and a Lyndhurst Prize by the Lyndhurst Foundation He was named "an Environmental Hero for 2004" by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three honorary doctorates and has been a...
- Director, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
Paris has fashion. New York has its financial district. Las Vegas has gambling. And, Portland has....sustainability.
While many cities are just beginning to embrace the concept of sustainability, Portland has been hard at work for 30 years. The city's setting, among some of the most stunning natural beauty in the...