Environment

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Spin It Green: The Story of Marissa Muller

Thu, Aug 19 2010 - 6:00pm

Spin It Green: The Story of Marissa Muller

Marissa Muller, Solar-Powered Bicycle Pioneer

After graduating from business school in Spain, Muller returned home to California and worked with her family in building her vision: a solar powered electric bike. During her 1,000-mile solo adventure on the roads of California, she visited 14 high schools, offering a seminar on solar and electric vehicles, and sparking a dialogue with the students to start brainstorming ways to combat our energy and environmental challenges. Read more »

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Beyond Dualities: Power and Love for Women and Men

Tue, Aug 17 2010 - 6:00pm

Beyond Dualities: Power and Love for Women and Men

Miki Kashtan, Co-founder, BayNVC

Despite impressive gains won through decades of feminist activism, many women are still either serving in traditional supportive roles or asked to forego care and love and adapt to a harsh, competitive, and impersonal work-world. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers the premise that women and men share the same human needs and can therefore connect and work together effectively. Read more »

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Vinod Khosla: Forecast or Invent Our Energy Future?

Tue, Apr 20 2010 - 6:30pm

Vinod Khosla: Forecast or Invent Our Energy Future?

Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Former CEO, Sun Microsystems

Predictions of peak oil and resource scarcity are driving investments in new energy and technologies. What will determine the winners and losers? What policies are needed to drive innovation and send proper price signals? Are incremental solutions such as hybrid vehicles helpful, or does the climate challenge require huge breakthroughs at the system level? Read more »

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Chasing Molecules: The Promise of Green Chemistry

Wed, Mar 10 2010 - 6:00pm

Chasing Molecules: The Promise of Green Chemistry

Elizabeth Grossman, Author, Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

There is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants – among them synthetic chemicals in consumer products – have a profound effect on human health. Read more »

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Electric Transmission: Enabling a Smart Grid

Tue, Jan 12 2010 - 6:00pm

Electric Transmission: Enabling a Smart Grid

Mason Willrich, Board Chair, California Independent System Operator; Director, California Clean Energy Fund; Senior Advisor, MIT Energy Innovation Project

As America continues to develop clean, non-carbon-based electricity, our century-old electric grid is emerging as a major bottleneck. Meanwhile, public-policy oversight of electric power is a hodgepodge of 50 different states’ approaches to regulation. Read more »

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Heart of Dryness: How the Kalahari Bushmen Can Help California Endure the Coming Permanent Drought

Wed, Nov 18 2009 - 6:00pm

Heart of Dryness: How the Kalahari Bushmen Can Help California Endure the Coming Permanent Drought

James Workman, Water Resources Consultant; Author, Heart of Dryness

In the central Kalahari Desert, a quiet crisis and struggle for survival foreshadows the permanent global drought to come. The besieged indigenous Bushmen of Botswana use voluntary survival strategies, while the government enforces regulatory rule. Worldwide, two in three thirsty humans will soon endure shortages. Read more »

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What's Science Got to Do with Climate Change?

Tue, Nov 3 2009 - 12:00pm

What’s Science Got to Do with Climate Change?

Stephen Schneider, Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford

Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One

What risks does the changing climate pose to the global economy and how can we manage those risks? Rather than betting so much on a cap-and-trade regime for carbon pollution, Schneider says policymakers should fund more research to invent our way to a greener economy. Read more »

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10 Americans: the "Inconvenient Truth" for Environmental Health

Mon, Nov 2 2009 - 6:00pm

Ten Americans: The “Inconvenient Truth” for Environmental Health

Kenneth Cook, President and Founder, Environmental Working Group

We know there are harmful substances in everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe, but do we know how many industrial chemicals and carcinogens have already invaded our bodies? The Environmental Working Group will reveal the updated results of its body-burden study, which finds 287 toxins linked to cancer and other serious health problems in the blood of 10 Americans. Read more »

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A World Without Ice: Man's Impact on Climate Change

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 12:00pm

A World Without Ice: Man’s Impact on Climate Change

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, University of Michigan

It has taken just three centuries for human growth and rising industrial economies to bring the delicate relationship between ice and humans to a dangerous precipice. Ice carved Earth’s landscape to its present state – the sharp Alpine peaks of Europe, the vast Great Lakes of North America, the majestic valleys of Yosemite National Park and the deeply incised fjords of Norway. Read more »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: California - Carbon = A Cleaner World?

Thu, Sep 24 2009 - 12:00pm

California - Carbon = A Cleaner World?

The Commonwealth Club Presents an Afternoon with the Governor 

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon convene a global summit of governors from developing countries to advance the transition to a clean-energy economy. Before that happens, he'll be here for a discussion of California's role managing greenhouse gases, promoting green jobs and developing clean technology. Join us at the intersection of policy, politics and carbon for a conversation with the governor. Read more »

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