Upcoming Events: Environment & Natural Resources

Thu 2/9

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Our Constitution, Our Climate, Our Kids: Is There a Right not to Be Harmed by Climate Change?

Date: Thu, February 09, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Youth and the courts and climate change

Philip Gregory, Partner, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Tia Hatton, Youth Plaintiff in Constitutional and Public Trust Case
Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Our Children's Trust

Climate change has an immediate, disproportionate effect on our youth, present and future generations. As with the civil rights movement, young people are turning to courts and regulatory bodies to require governments to implement plans to phase out pollution in line with science. The question is this: Do present and future generations have a constitutional right to be protected from invasive and destructive environmental harm, danger and damage?

Mon 2/27

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Stanford University Sustainability Vision: Now and for the Future

Date: Mon, February 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
A living laboratory for sustainability

Pamela Matson, Chester A. Naramore Dean, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences
Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management
Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management
Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford is actively pursuing a wide range of sustainability goals. The university's efforts range from a unique new campus energy system to rethinking dining services. Stanford has an inclusive participatory approach that makes faculty, students and employees all partners in its efforts to create a living laboratory for sustainable solutions.

Mon 3/6

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The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-mile Journey through a New America

Date: Mon, March 06, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
A journey to other Americas

Sarah van Gelder, Co-founder, Yes! Magazine; Author

During the past 2016 election year, Sarah spent months on a road trip traveling in a pick-up truck and tiny camper to listen to people's concerns and hopes of a better life. In her book, The Revolution Where You Live, she takes you from inner-city neighborhoods in Detroit, Chicago and Ohio to Greensboro, North Carolina's new food co-op; she explores the Appalachian radio network that reaches coal miners, small farmers, poverty, polluted environments and water resources that permeate mountains, hollows and towns.

Sarah met with local leaders who are committed to building hometown sustainable economies; encouraging local community diversity collaboration and resisting mining, fracking and environmental degradation. Their local stories offer hope for all of us for a better world for healthy and safe environments, opportunities, jobs and collaboration of diverse communities and people working together. Sarah herself lives on the traditional lands of the Suquamish Tribe, near Seattle.

Thu 3/16

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San Francisco Green Film Festival: Film Stories From Your Dinner Plate

Date: Thu, March 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Celebration of food, film and the arts

Rachel Caplan, CEO, San Francisco Green Film Festival
Mischa Hedges, Director, Of the Sea
Additional Speakers TBA

Filmmakers are delving into our complex food system with farmers, chefs, food-lovers and campaigners who are challenging the status-quo. Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival and Bay Area filmmakers for a visual feast of films and conversation about the stories that are shaping our eating and healthy sustainable food choices. And a plus! Enjoy a sneak preview of the San Francisco Green Film Festival, Spring 2017, with a celebration of the interaction of food, film and the arts!

Mon 3/27

Fire, Beetles, Water Resources and Dying Trees: Spring 2017 Report on the Sierra Nevada's Rain, Snowpack and Climate Changes

Date: Mon, March 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Environmental check-in

Jeanne Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, Forest Service, National Forest System
Patrick Koepele, Executive Director, Tuolumne River Trust
Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Bob Kingman, Assistant Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Join our distinguished panel for an up-to-date report on the Sierra Nevada mountains, habitats, water, rivers, trees, ground cover and the harsh economic impacts caused by fire, degradation and the cycle of climate changes. After the 2016-17 winter of rain and snowfall, where are we now in the climate cycle and the cycle of destruction, renewal and regrowth for our mountains, valleys, rivers and economies?