Events Archive 2006-07

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2007

Dec. 6, 2007

Speaker: Robert Ayres

"Exergy (Useful Work) and Economic Growth. Are There Growth Implications from 'Peak Oil'?"

(See event flyer)

Nov. 30, 2007

Speaker: Catherine Wolfram, UC Berkeley

"Sacred Cars? Optimal Regulation of Stationary and Non-stationary Pollution Sources." (more)

Nov. 16, 2007

Guest Speaker: James Wilen, UC Davis

"The Economics of Spatial-Dynamic Processes"

Part of the 2007-2008 seminar series in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics. (more)

Nov. 15

Guest Speaker: Lawrence Buell, Harvard University

"Environmental Memory and Planetary Survival" (more)

Nov. 13-15, 2007

Climate Conference
“The California-European Dialogue on Climate Change: A Transatlantic Initiative During the Portuguese EU Presidency"

(Conference Agenda/Participants)

Nov. 7, 2007

Guest Speaker: James W. Kirchner

"Exploring Watersheds by Studying Their Streams" (more)

Nov. 1, 2007

Guest Speaker: James Makor, Executive Director, Save My Future Foundation

"Postwar Ecological Restoration Projects in Liberia, Africa" (more)

Oct. 30, 2007

Speaker: Christina Vieglais, Visiting Lecturer, Bren School

"The Dirty Side of Global Travel: How an obscure benthic diatom jumped hemispheres and is changing New Zealand freshwaters" (more)

Oct. 26, 2007

Guest Speaker: Erin T. Mansur, Yale University

"Averting Regulatory Enforcement: Evidence from New Source Review" (more)

Oct. 25, 2007

Guest Speaker: Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"Changing the U.S. National Agenda"

Oct. 24, 2007
Guest Speaker: Visiting Faculty Member Matthew Potowski

"Green Clubs, Environmental Governance, and Firms' Environmental Performance" (more)

Oct. 23, 2007

Dedication Ceremony and Presentation for Installation of "Rufus Magnus" Steelhead Trout Sculpture.

Presentation by Bren Associate Professor of Marine Ecology Hunter Lenihan

Oct. 19, 2007
Guest Speaker: Stephen Holland, Associate Professor, Economics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“When to Pollute, When to Abate? Evidence on Intertemporal Permit Use in the Los Angeles NOx Market” (more)

Oct. 17, 2007

Guest Speaker: Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member Bruce Forsberg

"Using Remote and Ground-based Measurements to Investigate Pattern and Process in the Amazon River System" (more)

October 12, 2007

Guest Speaker: Professor Søren J. Sørensen, Head of Microbial Ecology Group, Institute of Biology, University of Copenhagen

"Microbial Interactions in Soil"(more)

September 25, 2007

Guest Speaker: Wilson Rickerson, Rickerson Energy Strategies

"The Debate over Fixed Price Incentives for Renewable Electricity in Europe and the United States" (more)

June 24-27, 2007

UCSB Sustainablity Conference

Learn about best practices in sustainability at California campuses, build collaborations with other campuses, government, business, and non-profit entities. Early-bird discount available to those registering before May 15.

June 15, 2007

Commencement 2007

Keynote Speaker: Jerome Ringo, immediate past Chairman of the Board and current board member, National Wildlife Federation; President, the Apollo Alliance. (more)

June 1, 2007

Guest Speaker: Rögnvaldur Hannesson, Center for Fisheries Economics, The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration

"Cooperative Equilibria in Fisheries: How Many Players?" (Read the paper)

May 25, 2007

Guest Speaker: Erin Mansur, Yale University

"Averting Enforcement: Strategic Response to the Threat of Environmental Regulation" (Read the paper)

Part of the seminar series in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics presented as part of the Bren School's National Science Foundation—sponsored PhD training program in economics and environmental science. (more)

May 17, 2007

Colloquium: GreeN.O.LA: Rebuilding Green in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Architects Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman, founding partners of the design firm workshop/apd, speak about having won an international competition that will enable them to use sustainanble design methods in rebuilding a city block in New Orleans that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. (more)

May 1, 2007

Guest Speaker: Peter Barnes, Writer and Entrepreneur, Senior Fellow, Tomales Bay Institute, Point Reyes Station, California

"Cap-and-Auction: Global Warming's Big Cash Dividend" (more)

April 29, 2007

Guest Speaker: Bill McKebben, author, scholar in residence, Middlebury College, Vermont.
"Beyond 'Understanding the Problem': Citizen Action for Global Warming Solutions"

McKibben is the final speaker in the four-part “Global Warming – Science & Society” lecture series presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and UCSB partners. (more)

April 28, 2007

Media and the Environment Conference

What role does the media play in the environment? Which stories get covered, and which don’t? How does coverage shape societal perceptions about environmental issues? These and other related questions are at the heart of this engaging participatory event presented by the Environmental Media Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media.

April 27, 2007

Guest Speaker: Hossein Farzin, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis

"Social Norm of Work and the Optimality of Resource Extinction
Part of a seminar series in Environmental Economics presented by the Economics and Environmental Science PhD training program. (more)

April 27, 2007

Guest Speaker: Jon Jungbien Moon, PhD candidate, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"In Good Companies: A Critical Evaluation of the Corporate Social Performance - Corporate Financial Performance Link," Part of a seminar series in Environmental Economics presented by the Economics and Environmental Science PhD training program. (more)

April 24, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michal C. Moore, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, University of Calgary, "The Emerging role of Alternative Energy Technologies in the Power Grid."
Presented by Dr. Robert Wilkinson, Director, Bren School Water Policy program. (more)

April 22, 2007

Earth Day, The Bren School joins the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara to present a daylong Earth Day celebration. The theme this year is "Global Warming: Change Begins with Learning." (more)

April 19, 2007

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Kolbert, author, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change, The author of the book that was selected for “UCSB Reads” and made Amazon.com's Top 50 list for 2006 speaks at the third event of the four-part “Global Warming – Science & Society” lecture series presented by the Bren School in collaboration with UCSB Arts & Lectures. Kolbert is a former New York Times political reporter and has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1999. (more)

April 19, 2007

Guest Speaker: Alan Charlton, Deputy Head of Mission, British General-Consul, Washington, D.C.
"Climate Change: The British Response"  (more)

April 18–April 23, 2007

Bren School Earth Day Banners, 125 banners carrying a powerful image related to global warming will line State Street during the week leading up to Earth Day. (more)

April 11, 2007

Bren School Master of Environmental Science & Management Class of 2007 Group Project Final Presentations Event and Reception, The 13 Group Projects from the past year will be presented through panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and poster presentations at this annual Bren School event. (more)

March 22-23

First Western Forum on Energy and Water Sustainability

Bren School professor Arturo Keller has organized this two-day event, which will bring together more than 50 water and energy experts from around the Western United States. “Electrical energy and water are very interlinked, and since we live in a dry area, water is terribly important for us,” says Keller. The population projections into the century and the specter of climate change put even more pressure on us to think hard about these issues and their connections.” Click the appropriate link to see either the event agenda or a list of speakers.

March 19, 2007

California Climate Policy Forum

Do California’s efforts to control greenhouse gases – such as the passage of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – represent genuine leadership and meaningful progress in addressing climate change, or do they amount to expensive posturing that will raise the cost of doing business and drive away jobs without reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)? That is the starting point for a discussion featuring leading policy and opinion makers representing the state legislature, the Air Resources Board, the Public Utilities Commission, a public utility and an environmental interest group. Join us in person or by webcast for what promises to be a great discussion. (more)

March 15 , 2007

Guest Speaker: Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Crutzen

"An Atmospheric Experiment in the Anthropocene"

The renowned chemist was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1995 for his work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly as it relates to the formation and decomposition of ozone. Dr. Crutzen will present as part of the Bren School's Eminent Speaker Series. (more)

March 9, 2007

Guest Speaker: Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California

"Where the Grass is Greener: The value of lawn premiums in the American West"

One in a series of speakers addressing Environmental and Natural Resource Economics as part of the Bren School's National Science Foundation. (more)

March 8, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve E. Koonin,British Petroleum and the California Institute of Technology

“Energy Trends and Technologies for the Coming Decades” (more)

March 7, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amro Hamdoun, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Monterey, California "Adaptations of Embryos to Toxic Chemicals and Rapid Environmental Change: key roles of multidrug efflux transporters," Presented by Bren Associate Professor Hunter Lenihan. (more)

March 6, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Tony Jones ENVIRON International Corporation
"
The Synergy of Academic-Industrial Partnerships in Assessing and Applying Bioremediation," Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Trish Holden. (more)

March 2, 2007

Guest Speaker: Andrew Plantinga, Oregon State University

"Optimal Reduction of Habitat Fragmentation with Incentive-Based Policies," Part of a seminar series in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics presented as part of the Bren School's National Science Foundation—sponsored PhD training program in economics and environmental science. (more)

Feb. 28, 2007

Speaker: Bren Guest Professor Laurie Harris
"Becoming Modern, Remaining Traditional:A Discussion of Sunita Narain's Positions on Sustainable Development and their Ethical Dimensions," Professor Harris will examine the ethical dimensions of ideas raised in the Feb. 22 presentation by Sunita Narain (See "Recent Events, at right, for more on Narain.) (more)

Feb. 27, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science, and Soil Microbial Ecologist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, "Impacts of Ethanol Release on Natural Attenuation of Gasoline Components and MTBE in a Contaminated Aquifer at Vandenberg Air Force Base."
Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren Professor Trish Holden. (more)

Feb. 23, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ramon Lopez, Professor, College of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, "Structural Change and Sustainable Development in Open Economics," Part of a seminar series in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics presented as part of the Bren School's National Science Foundation—sponsored PhD training program in economics and environmental science. more)

Feb. 22, 2007

Guest speaker: Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment; Director, Society for Environmental Communications; Publisher, Down to Earth magazine, "Eight Percent Growth with Sustainability: How Is it Possible?" In recent years, Ms. Narain has emerged as the most important voice from India concerning global warming, "water harvesting," air quality, and toxic contamination of consumer products. (more)

Feb. 20, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr, Jennifer McKay, Director, Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws, University of South Australia, "Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Development in Australian Water Corporations." (more)

Feb. 20, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Sayler, Director, Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee

Dr. Sayler will address the topic of biosensors in bioremediation. Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Trish Holden. (more)

Feb. 13, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joan B. Rose, Michigan State University

"Assessing Pathogens in the Great Lakes Waters: the role of microbial detection and risk assessment"

Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Trish Holden. (more)

Feb. 9-10, 2007

C2C – Emerging Energy Technologies Summit

Bren School Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker will join a group of international experts to take an unbiased look at how our nation might make the transition from dependency on carbon-based fuels to a sustainable, alternative fuels-based future. Summit speakers will present possible alternative energy solutions, examine trade-offs and barriers associated with bringing solutions to market, and work to develop ways of overcoming those barriers.

Feb. 9, 2007

Dean's Council Breakfast Club

Guest Speaker: Bill Duff, Corporate Manager, Environmental Office, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

"Embracing the Environment," At this breakfast presentation, Bill Duff will describe the vision and policy behind Toyota’s commitment to the environment and its efforts to meet that commitment in North America and globally. (more)

Feb. 8, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Woods, Department of Philosophy, University of San Diego

"Environmental Ethics and Justice for Armed Conflicts and Military Activities"

Feb. 6, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Craig Criddle, Stanford University

Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Trish Holden. (more)

Feb. 5, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. James Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia Unviersity

"How Can We Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?"

Dr. Hansen, described by Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, as “one of the most productive and creative scientists in the world,” addresses anthropogenic climate change and what we can do about it. First of a free four-part “Global Warming – Science & Society” lecture series presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and UCSB partners.

Feb. 5, 2007

Guest Speaker: Greg Rogers, environmental lawyer and management consultant and author of Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks after Sarbanes-Oxley. (more)

Jan. 26, 2007

Guest Speaker: Stephen W. Salant, University of Michigan

"Coordination and Free Riding: A Partnership Solution to the Common-Property Problem" Part of a seminar series in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics presented as part of the Bren School's National Science Foundation—sponsored PhD training program in economics and environmental science. (more)

Jan. 25, 2007

Guest Speaker: Mathis Wackernagel

"One Planet Budgeting: Making Sustainability Real with the Ecological Footprint"

Are we running out of planet? Do economies self-correct or self-destruct when operating as if resources are limitless? Can everyone on this planet live as the Chinese do? As Costa Ricans do? As Canadians do? Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, explores such questions and showcases applications from around the world in highlighting how this tool promotes sustainable development. (more)

Jan. 24, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Dean, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado, Boulder "Toward a Theory of Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Reducing Environmental Degradation through Entrepreneurial Action" (more)

Jan. 24, 2007

Special Event: UCSB Reads for Earth Day The first in a series is designed to create a University-wide shared reading experience related to the theme of this year's Earth Day Earth Day (April 22, 2007) theme: Global Warming: Change Begins with Learning." (more)

Jan. 23, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sam Webb, Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Stanford University

Dr. Webb will speak about synchrotron methods for metals analysis in bioremediation. Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Patricia Holden. (more)

Jan. 17, 2007

Guest Speaker: Matt Simmons, Chairman of Simmons & Company International and author of Twilight in the Desert, which examines the looming oil-supply crisis.

"Peak Oil: Implications and Options for California"

Co-hosted by the UCSB Technology Management Program and Engineers Without Borders.

Jan. 16, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lawrence P. Wackett, University of Minnesota

"Biodegradation of Organic Contaminants: in silico and in the Real World."

First in the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Trish Holden and offered in conjunction with ESM595S, a MESM/PhD-level seminar course covering such topics as pathway determination and predictions, transformations of metals and organics, emerging contaminants, biosensing and monitoring, risk management, and field science. (more)

Jan. 12, 2007

Guest Speaker: Alexander E. Farrell, UC Berkeley

"Risk of the Oil Transition" One of a series of speakers for a seminar in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics presented as part of the Bren School's PhD training program in economics and environmental science. (more)

Jan. 11, 2007

Guest Speaker: Dr. Dennis Aigner, Adjunct Professor and Former Dean, the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; Professor of Economics/Public Policy, UC Irvine.

"Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line" (more)

Jan. 9, 2007

Speaker: Bren Professor Patricia Holden "Interactions of CdSe Quantum Dot Nanoparticles with Pseudomonas aeruginosa"

Dr. Holden introduces, and presents the first talk of, the speaker series she is presenting in conjunction with ESM595S "Seminar in Current Bioremediation Topics."

 

2006 (back to top)

Dec. 6, 2006

Guest Speaker: Rajendra Bose

"Geospatial Data Curation: Keeping the (Geo)Scientific Record Intact" (more) 

Dec. 4, 2006

Guest Speaker: Sam Hitz

"The California Registry and Evolving State Climate Policy"

The Bren alumnus spoke about his experiences as vice president of the California Climate Action Registry. (more)

Nov. 30, 2006
Guest Speaker: Ryoichi Yamamoto
"Driving Eco Innovation by Increasing Resource Productivity"
A University of Tokyo professor and leading world expert on increasing productivity while decreasing energy use, Dr. Yamamoto sees the critical issue of resource efficiency as one part of the solution to global warming. (more)

Nov. 3-4, 2006

Bren Hosts Economics Workshop

More than 90 economics professors, professionals, and PhD students from the United States and Canada convened at the Bren School November 3-4 for the 9th Occasional California Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. (more)

Oct. 30, 2006

Regional Governance Conference

The Bren School hosted as some 20 experts on governance from around the nation convened for a major conference focusing on issues of governance and the environment. (more)

Oct. 6, 2006

Dean's Breakfast

Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Corporate Environmental Management Gary Libecap presented "The Problem of Water" — a presentataion on the misallocation of water in the American West and what to do about it — at the quarterly Bren School Dean's Breakfast, which is open to the public by invitation.