Upcoming Events: Environment & Natural Resources

Thu 2/18

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The 49ers Champion Levi’s® Stadium: The First LEED Gold New Stadium and Venue

Date: Thu, February 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Jim Mercurio, Vice President of Stadium Management and General Manager of Levi's® Stadium
Pat Rogan, Director of Engineering Operations, 49ers Stadium Management Company

Achieving the LEED gold certification for the 49ers new home field is the first such championship achievement for a new stadium. Its builders hope it will serve as a model for sports leadership in environmental design and construction worldwide. Join us to learn about the sustainable management, design, function and construction of the Levi's Stadium—home to the 49ers and host of Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Wed 2/24

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The San Francisco Foundation: Building Climate Equity and Community Resilience

Date: Wed, February 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

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

Climate change will be a threat multiplier for communities in the Bay Area: rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, spreading drought and wildfire will increase the health and wealth inequities our region is already facing. The San Francisco Foundation is investing in communities and the environment to build climate equity and resilience because it believes that all people need access to clean water, healthy food, safe outdoor play areas, and nature, for the health and safety of the Bay Area.

Join us in a discussion of the important work that the San Francisco Foundation does and what the foundation envisions for the years to come.

Mon 3/21

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

Date: Mon, March 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Panelists TBA

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.

Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival and leading Bay Area wildlife filmmakers and environmentalists for a discussion about the role of filmmaking to save species and habitats. Whether it is butterflies on San Bruno mountain or lions in Kenya, we want to share how film has played a leading part in having stories heard and told. And a plus! A sneak preview of this year's San Francisco Green Film Festival. 

Mon 3/28

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A Conversation About Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

Date: Mon, March 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Patrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP
Karyn Skultety, Ph.D., Vice-President of Health Services, Institute on Aging

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 and Dr. Skultety 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. 

Tue 4/19

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San Francisco International Airport: A Leader in Environment and Sustainability

Date: Tue, April 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

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.