Upcoming Events: Climate One

Thu 1/29

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Julián Castro

Date: Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Buildings are the big kahuna when it comes to fighting climate change. Forty percent of carbon emissions in the United States comes from buildings and the electricity that goes into them. Energy and water-wise buildings are now trendy in many downtown office towers, driven mainly by market forces.

HUD Secretary Castro wants to take energy efficiency and new financing models to multifamily developments and federal housing communities. Secretary Castro will also talk about HUD’s efforts to help create greener communities and fight climate change.

Caulking windows and weatherizing doors isn’t sexy, but they are one of the simplest and most effective ways to cut power bills and clean up communities. Energy upgrades also create jobs that can’t be sent offshore.

Join a conversation about green buildings, climate change, resilience and more with a political rising star.

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Down and Dirty

Date: Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Can cow dung save humanity?

Diana Donlon, Director, Cool Foods Program, Center for Food Safety
Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef
Whendee Silver, Professor of Ecology, UC Berkeley

Can cow dung save humanity? Many people concerned about climate disruption have shunned dairy and red meat because of the methane gas emitted by both ends of cows.

But some ranchers and researchers are saying rotational cattle grazing patterns and composting on grasslands can increase soil fertility, retain water and store carbon. Cows, they say, should get a fresh look and dirt should get more respect as a potent tool in the fight to reduce carbon pollution. Restoring soil is a hot topic right now in food and farming circles.

Should Californians reconsider the image of cows as climate killers? Could the golden state maintain its pastoral landscape and also pull carbon pollution out of the air? Or is this a slick move by ranchers to position a problem as a solution? Join us for a conversation about ranching, healthy diets and a whole lot more. 

Wed 2/11

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Cli-Fi 2015

Date: Wed, February 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Join us for a conversation about literature and film that explores what may be ahead.

Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author, 2312  

The notion that humans can fundamentally alter the biochemistry of something as big as the Earth’s atmosphere is science fiction to some people. While politicians debate whether climate change is real, authors and filmmakers are tackling the far out notions in a new genre called Climate Fiction or Cli-Fi. How wild could a hot and crowded world get?

Films conveying a post-apocolyptic world include InterstellarWaterworldWallE and of course The Day After Tomorrow. Literature peering into a eco-dystopian future includes Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312.

The New Yorker called Kim Stanley Robinson “one of the greatest living science fiction writers.” Jason Mark recently penned an op-ed in The New York Times about Cli-Fi.

Join us for a conversation about literature and film that explores what may be ahead.

Fri 2/27

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Cheap Gasoline

Date: Fri, February 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
A conversation about the economics and politics of a world with oil for sale at $40 a barrel.

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; Former Special Advisor to President Obama, National Security Council Staff
Bill Reilly, Former Board Member, ConocoPhillips; Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
Additional Panelists TBA

The plunge in gasoline prices is expected to boost economic growth this year and put money in the pockets of American drivers. But it also is causing increased sales of gas-guzzlers and undercutting efforts to move away from fossil fuels to reduce the risk of more severe weather.

Gasoline selling for $2 a gallon also reshapes the national energy outlook as well as international petropolitics. The Saudis are inflicting pain on Houston and Moscow.

A conversation about the economics and politics of a world with oil for sale at $40 a barrel.

Tue 3/3

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Clean Cloud

Date: Tue, March 03, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Can Silicon Valley companies be cool and green?

Gary Cook, Senior Policy Analyst, Greenpeace International
Lori Duval, Global Director, Green, eBay
Christina Page, Global Director, Energy and Sustainability Strategy, Yahoo!
Bill Weihl, Sustainability Guru, Facebook

Can Silicon Valley companies be cool and green? They still have a way to go, but several companies are getting cleaner. Two years ago Greenpeace gave Facebook poor grades for its data centers. After its Unfriend Coal campaign the activist group now gives Facebook high marks. And eBay lobbied the governor of Utah to make the state more friendly to data centers running on renewable power. Yahoo, eBay and other companies are also moving ahead in other areas of sustainability.

Join a conversation on what Silicon Valley is doing to ditch fossil fuels and adopt better ways of powering our digital lives.