Upcoming Events: Environment & Natural Resources

Wed 4/23

Image - Latino/a Culture, Heritage and Conservation for the Environment
This event is Postponed

Latino/a Culture, Heritage and Conservation for the Environment

Date: 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.

Tue 4/29

Image - On the Green Beat in the Developing World — Internews

On the Green Beat in the Developing World — Internews

Date: 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.

Wed 4/30

Image - Endangered World Rivers and Deltas: Where the Rivers Flow in the Cycle

Endangered World Rivers and Deltas: Where the Rivers Flow in the Cycle to Revitalize the Oceans

Date: 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 
Jason Rainey, Executive Director, International Rivers Network

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.

Mon 5/19

Go to No Child Left Inside

No Child Left Inside

Date: 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 
Running Grass, Founder, Three Circles Center in Sausalito; Expert on Multicultural Approaches to Children and Environmental Education
Laurette Rogers, Co-Founder, Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW)
Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus, Unity College;  Director, Presidential Fellows Programs, Second Nature  – Moderator


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.

Tue 6/3

Go to Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Date: Tue, June 03, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

George Moore, Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Kai Vetter, Head, Applied Physics Program, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dale Smith, Member, Treasure Island Restoration Advisory Board
Matt Smith, Reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator

The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay where the city plans to build a second downtown was once home to military training schools and ship operations that included dangerous radioactive substances inclucing radium, cesium and plutonium. The U.S. Navy says there is now no risk to the island's residents, as the island is prepared for even more construction. Yet in March, 2014, the military announced that it will test residents' homes for radioactive waste. Experts question whether the Navy's investigation will permit and include independent research, investigation and findings in addition to the Navy's testing and what the military use and history of Treasure Island means for the island and for San Francisco Bay.

Wed 6/25

Go to  How Colleges and Universities Are Leading a Nation Wide Transformation to Meet Sustainability and Environmental Challenges

How Colleges and Universities Are Leading a Nation Wide Transformation to Meet Sustainability and Environmental Challenges

Date: Wed, June 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Dianne F. Harrison, President, CSU Northridge; Former President, CSU Monterey Bay; Administrator and Faculty Member, Florida State University 
William Shutkin, President and CEO, Presidio Graduate School; Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice 
Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community College District 
Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus, Unity College; Director, The Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program; Author, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus 
Kerry Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University; Member, Board of Governors, Commonwealth Club of California; Emeritus Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Member Led Forum – Moderator

American colleges and universities are taking a major leadership role in promoting sustainability solutions, practices and behaviors. This program will feature prominent higher education executives who are integral in this process. They will discuss the importance of leadership in taking bold steps and actions that serve as a model for other communities.