Upcoming Events: Environment & Natural Resources

Wed 9/23

Image - The Wilder Side of Life

The Wilder Side of Life

Date: Wed, September 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Tom Stienstra, Outdoors Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

This program is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle

The life of an outdoorsman can be dangerously exciting. From leading a five-week expedition to find Bigfoot, to being charged by a grizzly bear at point-blank range, the list of stories Tom Stienstra, outdoors editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, has is extensive. Join us as Stienstra showcases his experiences through dramatic photos and elaborate tales collected throughout his career.

Mon 10/5

Image - China Today: Environmental Progress and Challenges
This event is Postponed

China Today: Environmental Progress and Challenges

Date: Mon, October 05, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With NRDC Senior Attorney Barbara Finamore

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

China is the largest contributor to the world’s air pollution. So much so that media have dubbed China’s current pollution state as an “airpocalypse” that has led to a frenzy of new green policies. Inadvertently, China is now one of the largest investors in green energy as well. The dramatic number of policy changes is promising for the climate’s future, but these changes are not without their own obstacles. Is China at a tipping point? Finamore will discuss China’s world status, the challenges China faces and the opportunities that may arise from this new green effort.

21st Century Solutions to Critical Western United States Water Woes

Date: Mon, October 05, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Reactions to California's historic drought

Sara Aminzadeh, Executive Director, California Coastkeeper Alliance
Heather Cooley, Water Program Co-Director, Pacific Institute
Max Gomberg, Senior Environmental Scientist, California State Water Resources Control Board
Kimery Wiltshire, CEO and Director, Carpe Diem West

California is experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. Projections show climate change is creating hotter and drier conditions in the western states. Our distinguished panel of water experts will discuss strategies, reforms and innovations that will help us survive and thrive during drought and the years to come for cities, farms, rivers, mountains and coastal ocean areas.

Wed 10/21

Image - The Redwoods League and 21st-century Land Conservation

The Redwoods League and 21st-century Land Conservation

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Sam Hodder from the Save the Redwoods League

Sam Hodder, President and CEO, Save the Redwoods League

Come hear Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, explain how the iconic California redwoods catalyzed the nation's conservation movement, a century ago, and are now redefining our 21st century relationship with nature. He will discuss how a century of redwood conservation and research has demonstrated how these ancient trees could help us respond to modern day challenges. He says it's not just about how we can save the redwoods, but how the redwoods are saving us.

Tue 10/27

Image - The Most Famous Grizzly Bear: How Will She and Other Grizzlies Survive U.S. Trophy Shootings?

The Most Famous Grizzly Bear: How Will She and Other Grizzlies Survive U.S. Trophy Shootings?

Date: Tue, October 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Todd Wilkinson, Journalist; Author
Ted Mangelsen, American Wildlife Photographer
Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director, Sierra Club

Since 1975, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the grizzly bear as “threatened,” with the goal of recovering the animal’s range and helping populations recover. Today, the federal government may soon remove grizzly bears’ protection under the Endangered Species Act, allowing people again to trophy hunt grizzly bears across the United States. Join in a discussion with Wilkinson, Mangelsen and Hamilton about what will happen to the iconic animals if the destructive and threatening sport of trophy hunting is revived.

Mon 11/2

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

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

Date: Mon, November 02, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Learn about sustainable management, design, function and construction

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.

Thu 11/12

A Holiday Toast to the 2015 Wine Harvest: Sustainable Practices and Pairings

A Holiday Toast to the 2015 Wine Harvest: Sustainable Practices and Pairings

Date: Thu, November 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Celebrate with outstanding wines

Jeffrey Landolt, Vineyard Manager, Benziger Family Winery
Josh Prigge, Sustainability Manager, Fetzer Vineyards
Kent Mann, Vice President, Central Valley Operations, Trinchero Family Estates
Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Busines Monthly
Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance – Moderator

Join our distinguished panelists as they share their year-long journey toward the 2015 vineyard harvest and the impact of their commitments to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the desire to keep land and businesses sustainable for future generations. Following the program, continue the conversation with our panel and celebrate the holidays with a tasting of their outstanding wines.

Wed 11/18

Image - Happening: The Story of a Clean Energy Revolution

Happening: The Story of a Clean Energy Revolution that Is Patriotic, Democratic and Well Underway

Date: Wed, November 18, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Discover new solutions to climate change

James Redford, Director, Happening; Board Member, The Redford Center
Jill Tidman, Producer, Happening; Executive Director, The Redford Center
Emily Kirsch, Executive Director, SFuncube.com
Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar

The new documentary Happening takes us to towns, cities and people across the United States where new technologies are transforming our homes, schools, towns and cities into healthy and safe environments now and for the future.

The panel will discuss the dawn of American's clean energy economy as it creates jobs, turns profits, saves money, cuts costs and makes communities stronger and healthier. They will document a shift from old energy sources and deteriorating industrialized sites into newer, clean and profitable energy resources and technologies.

Join us as we discover new solutions to the damaging effects of climate change, fossil fuels, water shortages and drought, and discuss the new directions of the 21st century.