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Greening the Grid: the Next Revolution in Electricity Regulation

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, February 4, 2008

Timothy P. Duane

  • Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • University of California at Berkeley

The electric utility industry has gone through enormous changes in recent decades, moving from structure dominated by treatment as a state-regulated "natural monopoly" from the 1920s to the 1990s in the United States to a partially deregulated industry since the late 1990s. The shift from the Natural Monopoly Era...

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The Future of Biodiversity

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sir Peter Crane

  • The John and Marion Sullivan University Professor, University of Chicago

Thomas E. Lovejoy

  • President, The Heinz Center

Biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates due to human activities. And yet the understanding of the oftentimes complex ways in which human well-being depends on the world's biological resources has never been more advanced. Our capacity to identify new species, and understand how they are related to one another, is...

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The Slippery Slope to Slime or A Mutiny for the Bounty?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, January 18, 2008

Jane Lubchenco

  • Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology
  • Oregon State University

Jane Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist engaged in teaching, research, synthesis, and communication of scientific knowledge.Her scientific contributions in ecology are widely recognized. Eight of her publications are "Science Citation Classics;" she is one of the "most highly cited" ecologists in the world. She is an elected...

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Some Like it Hot... Lots More Don't

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, January 14, 2008

David Orr

  • Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
  • James March Professor-At-Large, University of Vermont

David Orr is the recipient of a Bioneers Award, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, and a Lyndhurst Prize by the Lyndhurst Foundation He was named "an Environmental Hero for 2004" by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three honorary doctorates and has been a...

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Local Approaches for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Portland Story

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 29, 2007

Susan Anderson

  • Director, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development

Paris has fashion. New York has its financial district. Las Vegas has gambling. And, Portland has....sustainability.

While many cities are just beginning to embrace the concept of sustainability, Portland has been hard at work for 30 years. The city's setting, among some of the most stunning natural beauty in the...

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Social Capital and Natural Resources

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sir Partha Dasgupta

  • Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge

Partha Dasgupta taught at the London School of Economics from 1971-84 before moving to the University of Cambridge in 1985. From 1989-92 he was Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University; and from 1991-97 he served as chairman of...

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Sustainability: The Evolution of a Contemporary Myth

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, October 15, 2007

Stuart Walker

  • Research Professor and Co-Director of Imagination@Lancaster, Lancaster University
  • Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design, Kingston University

This lecture places our current emphasis on sustainability in historical perspective—tracing the development of environmental awareness and social change over the course of the 20th century with emphasis on developments since the 1960s.

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Towards Sustainable Land Architecture: A Grand Challenge for Sustainability Science--The Southern Yucatan Example

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, August 16, 2007

Billie Lee Turner II

  • Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society
  • Director of the Graduate School of Geography
  • Clark University

Dr. Billie Lee Turner II, Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University (Ph.D., 1974, University of Wisconsin, Madison), is a student of human-environment relationships, ranging from ancient Mayan agriculture and environment in Mexico and...

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How Much Can Technology Do to Achieve a Truly Sustainable World of 7 Billion Humans?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 16, 2007

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker

  • Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, University of California-Santa Barbara

Seven billion people want prosperity. The dominant lifestyles in prospering countries do not lend themselves to replication across the world. What then? Tell those in developing countries that the Earth can only accommodate 1 billion people at the American way of life and to live in poverty forever? The...

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Greasy Palms: Assessing the Resilience and Vulnerability of Bornean Landscapes to Agribusiness Expansion for Edible Oils and Biofuels

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lisa M. Curran

  • Professor of Tropical Resource Science and Director of the Tropical Resources Institute
  • School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

A major challenge of sustainability science involves assessing the resilience of human-environmental systems that are experiencing multiple natural and anthropogenic perturbations that vary in rate, extent, and intensity. Curran presents a case study from tropical forests in Indonesian Borneo that documents a major perturbation to human-environmental systems—large scale and intensive...

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Life Cycle Models and Metrics: The Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, and Technology

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Greg Keoleian

  • Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Systems
  • Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

This presentation will highlight research at the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) to improve the sustainability of energy systems, products and technology. Life cycle models and metrics provide a scientific basis for measuring progress toward sustainability and serve as important navigation tools for guiding the transformation of...

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New Policy for New Weather

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, January 25, 2007

John Byrne

  • Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of Delaware

From climate change to acid rain, contaminated landscapes, and biodiversity loss, the origins of many of our least tractable environmental problems can be traced to the operations of the modern energy system. A scan of nightfall across the planet reveals a social dilemma that also accompanies this system's operations: invented...

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Assessing and Managing Ecological Impacts of Paved Roads

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lance Gunderson

  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University

During the 20th century, the US built a system of over 4 million miles of paved roads. Roads impact air and water quality, alter habitats, increase wildlife mortality and the dispersal and migration of plants and animals. An increasing awareness of environmental issues, regulatory changes, and new solutions has...

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Insights on Linking Forests, Trees, and People from the Air, on the Ground, and in the Lab

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Elinor Ostrom

  • Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science
  • Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, School of Human Evolution and Soc

Governing natural resources sustainably is a continuing struggle, and major debates occur over what types of policy "interventions" best protect forests. Ostrom synthesizes the findings from a long-term, interdisciplinary, multiscale, international research program that analyzes the institutional factors affecting forest management. This program analyzes satellite images, conducts socioecological measurements on...

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Nitrogen: Too Much of a Good Thing

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, December 1, 2006

Jill Baron

  • Ecosystem Ecologist, US Geological Survey
  • Senior Research Ecologist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

The mass production of reactive nitrogen since 1950 has been both an enormous boon for society and a growing bane. We are experiencing a major disruption of the global nitrogen cycle, with ecological ramifications that include fertilization and acidification of freshwaters, hypoxia, increased forest and grassland productivity, and loss of...

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