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April Update: The El Nino Effect—California Water, Snow Pack and Drought

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Wed, Apr 27 2016 - 6:00pm

Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Patrick Koepele, Executive Director, Tuolumne River Trust
Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director, Tuolumne River Trust Read more »

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San Francisco International Airport: A Leader in Environment and Sustainability

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Tue, Apr 19 2016 - 6:00pm

John Martin, Airport Director, San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is a leader in mitigating the environmental impact of airport operations and in adopting sustainability facilities and practices. From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to building LEED-certified terminals to providing habitats for endangered species, the San Francisco International Airport has long set the standards for sustainability for large and small public and private agencies and organizations. 

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After El Niño: Now What?

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Tue, Apr 5 2016 - 6:30pm

Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
Max Gomberg, Climate Change Manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Bart Thompson, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University Read more »

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A Conversation About Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Patrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's book and "Frontline" documentary, tells the story of a physician learning how to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer and a doctor. Join Dr. Arbore in a community discussion of Dr. Gawande's Being Mortal. Explore concerns about life, death, loss, grief and the context and meaning of the recently passed California legislation legalizing physician assisted suicide in California. 

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San Francisco Green Film Festival: Wild Tales—Filmmaking and Conservation

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Mon, Mar 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy Irving, Director, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and Pelican Dreams
David McGuire, Filmmaker; Founder, Shark Stewards
Rachel Caplan, CEO, Green Film Festival—Moderator

Films can make us cry, make us laugh out loud and keep us thinking for days. From Blackfish to Racing Extinction, filmmakers are capturing the power people have to make significant change and to protect our environments and wildlife. Read more »

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Could It Happen Here?

Mon, Mar 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Dr. Brian Green, Assistant Director of Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; Assistant Director of Engineering, Santa Clara University
Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer of Water Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator Read more »

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The San Francisco Foundation: Building Climate Equity and Community Resilience

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Wed, Feb 24 2016 - 6:00pm

Allison Brooks, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Collaborative
Taj James, Founder and Executive Director, Movement Strategy Center
Mateo Nube, Co-Director, Movement Generation
Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, Greenlining Institute
Francesca Vietor, Program Director for Environment, Public Policy and Civic Engagement, San Francisco Foundation—Moderator Read more »

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Open Space and Climate Resiliency

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Tue, Feb 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Anthony Kahil, Candlestick Point Eco Stewards
Marie Harrison, Greenaction Community Organizer
David Beaupre, Port of SF Senior Waterfront Planner
Danita Rodriguez, California State Parks District Superintendent
Jacqueline Omotalade, Director, Blue Greenway, SF Parks Alliance—Moderator Read more »

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Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution Worldwide

Tue, Feb 2 2016 - 6:00pm

Daniel Kammen, Ph.D., Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley; Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
Rebekah Shirley, Ph.D., Researcher, Sustainable Communities Rainforests of Borneo Trinidad, Tobago and Islands World Wide; Opportunities for Women of Color in Science Read more »

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Keeping the Water Flowing

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Sat, Jan 30 2016 - 2:00pm

Susan Leal, Former General Manger, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Author, Running out of Water

Water’s unique status as a renewable but finite resource misleads us into thinking we can always produce more of it.

Leal will discuss her decade of research on the world’s water and wastewater challenges. She will balance the sobering facts about the water crisis with ideas for innovative solutions aimed at increasing the quality and availability of water for both agricultural users and city dwellers.

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