Upcoming Events: Environment & Natural Resources
The Packard Foundation Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum HeadquartersDate: Tue, March 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
High-efficiency architecture and design
Craig Neyman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Brad Jacobson, Senior Associate, EHDD
Mike Messick, Project Manager, DPR Construction
When the Packard Foundation was designing its headquarters to be a net zero energy and LEED Platinum building, it was making a conscious decision to live the values it supports. Now operating the largest Net Zero Energy certified building in the world, its leaders hope to serve as an inspiration to other organizations, businesses and individuals who want to move communities toward more environmentally sustainable living.
Join Craig Neyman as he provides an overview of the elements and systems that went into the construction of the foundation's headquarters to achieve its target design goals. From reaching net zero energy via the building's 915 solar panels, using daylight harvesting techniques to supplement artificial lighting, installing a chilled beam system to manage temperature, and recycling 95 percent of the materials from pre-existing on-site buildings, hear why the foundation invested in a green building and the efforts that were involved during its first year of occupancy.
Craig will be joined by the project's lead architect, Brad Jacobson, and lead construction engineers Mike Humphrey and Mike Messick, who will dive deeper into the planning process and discuss the many features that pieced together the building. In designing the headquarters, sustainable materials and current technologies were chosen to demonstrate that it is possible to construct a building like this that can be built elsewhere in the country, opening the door for others to move toward constructing more environmentally sustainable buildings.
From Critical Mess to Critical Mass: How Can We Get There from Here?Date: Tue, April 01, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Bina Venkataraman, Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation, Executive Office of the President of the United States; Lecturer, MIT Department of Science, Technology & Society; Director of Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute; Author, The End of Growth, The Party's Over and Snake Oil
Daniella Dimitrova Russo, Executive Director and Co-founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition For a World Free of Plastic Pollution
Beth Greer, Expert on sustainable and toxin-free living
Betsy Rosenberg, Host and Producer, "On the Green Front" Radio Show; Blogger, HuffPo Green; Climate Commentator, Fox News – Moderator
Extreme natural disasters, acidified oceans, shrinking coral reefs, unstoppable arboreal infections, a vanishing bee population – environmentalists say the writing is on the wall. Despite the warning signs, many in this country refuse to see or address the enormous environmental damages that are happening now all around us – damages that many warn will escalate unless humans change behavior. A panel of experts will share ideas on how to get the critical message to the masses in time to protect the environments in which we live and breathe.
Be in the Know: Plans for the Commonwealth Club's New Headquarters BuildingDate: Fri, April 04, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Key designers from Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Tipping Mar Structural Engineering; Arup Mechanical Engineering and Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc. Acoustics and Audio/Visual Design
Piper Kujac, Club Representative and Construction Project Manager - Moderator
Come hear a special presentation about the exciting architecture and sustainable design plans for The Commonwealth Club’s new club offices on the San Francisco Embarcadero. Learn about the visions and plans to continue the 110 years of The Commonwealth Club into the 21st century and the heritage of bringing insightful, enlightened, unique and informed dialogue to the Bay Area and beyond as we prepare to look ahead to what the next 110 years hold in store.
Latino/a Culture, Heritage and Conservation for the EnvironmentDate: Wed, April 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore this community's history of conservation.
Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney; Director, Latino Outreach, Natural Resources Defense Council
Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies, Stanford University
Anita Martinez, Retired College Educator; Environmentalist; Community Health and Safety Activist
Most people don't automatically label Latinos and Latinas as environmentalists. A deeper look at family, home and community values reveals a long-standing generational commitment to conservation and the wise use of everyday resources in daily life. California's changing demographics all point to a tremendous potential for local, national and worldwide political environmental progress as we listen and learn about the conservation practices of our Latino and Latina families and communities.
On the Green Beat in the Developing World — InternewsDate: Tue, April 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Media and the future of environmentalism in developing countries
Liu Lican, Journalist, China
Gustavo Faleiros, Journalist, Brazil
Imelda Abano, Journalist, Philippines
Michael Simire, Journalist, Nigeria
James Fahn, Executive Director, Internews' "Earth Journalism Network" – Moderator
Home to 80 percent of the world's population, the fastest growing economies and most of our remaining biodiversity, the developing countries of the world are key to our planet's environmental future. Even more than in the U.S., the countries’ local media plays a crucial role in framing the debates over environmental issues and challenges, promoting behavior changes and occasionally swaying policies. Come hear the views of these highly respected and experienced leading environmental journalists about the current possibilities of environmental failure or progress in China, Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria and other developing countries.
Endangered World Rivers and Deltas: Where the Rivers Flow in the Cycle to Revitalize the OceansDate: Wed, April 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Steven Goldbeck, Chief Deputy Director, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Former Co-chair, San Francisco Estuary Project's Dredging and Waterway Modification Committee
Kimery Wiltshire, CEO & Director, Carpe Diem West
International rivers and their deltas are vulnerable to flooding, water intrusion, drought and severely damaged ecologies. Deltas are the critical point where the rivers flow in nature's cycle to revitalize the oceans and earth. Join two distinguished experts for a discussion of the damage and destruction to the world's deltas. Learn what the international Delta Alliance and their partners are doing to restore major rivers and deltas, including the Nile Delta, Yangtze Delta and the Mississippi Delta.
No Child Left InsideDate: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Nicole Ardoin, Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Ecoliteracy; Regional Environmental Justice Coordinator, EPA; Founder, Three Circles Center
Erik Hoffner, Outreach Coordinator and Writer, Orion Magazine
Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus, Unity College; Director, Presidential Fellows Program, Second Nature
Laurette Rogers, Co-Founder, Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW)
Spring heralds the beginning of the outdoors season but despite the demonstrated positive effects that nature has on kids, many children remain glued to screens or stuck inside prepping for yet another standardized exam. Will it always be "heads in tech"? Or will it also be "feet on the ground"? If children are not given opportunities to connect with the natural world, who will be the stewards of the future? Join a roundtable discussion of experts and educators hosted by Orion Magazine, publisher of the new anthology, Leave No Child Inside, to examine the merits and opportunities inherent in experiential outdoor play and learning for all children and their abilities.