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Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Van Jones

  • Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Princeton University

Our country is struggling in the face of an economic recession and ecological crisis. We need nine million new jobs in the U.S., and they must be jobs that can support families and do no harm to the environment. America needs her best minds generating smart and innovative ideas to...

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What I Learned in New York and Copenhagen

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cynthia Rosenzweig

  • Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • Leader, Metro East Coast Climate Assessment

As head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Rosenzweig has organized and led large-scale interdisciplinary regional, national, and international studies of climate change impacts and adaptation. She is a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Fourth...

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Institutional Entrepreneurs: Building Resilience in Socioecological Systems

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, February 8, 2010
(reception to follow)

Frances Westley

  • J. W. McConnell Chair, Social Innovation, University of Waterloo

Dr. Frances Westley joined the University of Waterloo in July of 2007 as Chair of Social Innovation Generation, a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada. She is published widely in the areas of building resilience of socioecological systems, knowledge generation, managing uncertainty and change, and...

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Feeding the World, Maintaining the Planet: Meeting the Challenge by 2050

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jason Clay

  • Senior Vice President Market Transformations, World Wildlife Fund

How do we live on a finite planet and yet feed and clothe nine billion people by 2050? Dr. Jason Clay will explore the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF's) thinking about this issue as well as his work in supply-chain management with individual companies and entire sectors. In his role at...

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Why We Hate the Oil Companies

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
(reception to follow)

John Hofmeister

  • Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy
  • Retired President, Shell Oil

John Hofmeister is a business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years. He retired as president of Shell Oil Company in 2008 to found and head the nationwide nonprofit group, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This public policy education firm promotes sound energy...

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Copenhagen, Schwarzenegger, A Merchant Bank, and Pallets: What Do They Have in Common?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, November 9, 2009
(reception to follow)

Craig Cogut

  • Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • Co-founder, Pegasus Sustainable Century MB, L.P.

Craig Cogut has over 27 years of experience in private equity investing, financial restructuring, and legal advisory service. In 1995, he founded Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity-fund manager that provides creative capital and business solutions to middle-market companies across a variety of industries, with emphasis on businesses adopting...

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Progress Report on San Francisco's Sustainability Efforts

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jared Blumenfeld

  • Director, Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco

San Francisco has become one of the most innovative cities in the world in implementing new comprehensive approaches to urban sustainability. From its groundbreaking zero waste strategies such as the residential compost and green waste recycling program, to its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the City has been...

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Progress, Impact, and Future Directions of the Tyndall's Centre's Integrated Assessment Facility

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jim Hall

  • Civil and Environmental Engineer, Newcastle University

Through the Tyndall Centre Cities Research Programme, researchers from seven universities and high profile stakeholders have developed an Urban Integrated Assessment Facility (UIAF). This city-scale assessment tool simulates the effects of long term changes in urban areas and can be used to test strategies for adaptation to and mitigation...

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The Business Strategy of Climate Change

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Andrew J. Hoffman

  • Holcim (US) Professor, Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
  • Associate Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

In this talk, Professor Hoffman will discuss the business implications of climate change: why and how companies should be paying attention to the issue. In a nutshell, climate change should be regarded as a market shift, one that will create winners and losers. In fact, business executives can...

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The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, March 6, 2009

Mitch Thomashow

  • President, Unity College

It is crucial that in uncertain economic times, we reiterate our commitment to sustainable approaches to all aspects of our lives. Broadly conceived, a sustainable culture for a college or university involves infrastructure, community, and learning. The infrastructure challenge involves (1) energy, (2) food, and (3) materials. The community...

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Living in the Unity House

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, March 6, 2009

Cindy Thomashow

  • Executive Director, Center for Environmental Education, Unity College

The Unity House is the Presidential Residence at Unity College. It was built as part of the commitment by the College to invest in the future they are trying to educate toward. Mitch and Cindy Thomashow were eager to build a carbon-neutral, LEED platinum home, and even more eager to...

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What Would Nature Do? Biomimicry as a Path to Sustainability

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Janine Benyus

  • Author and President, Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested ideas. The goal is to create products, processes, companies and policies that are well adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Biomimics around the world are learning to adhere like a gecko, cool buildings like...

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Ecological Restoration and Restoration Ecology: Using Streams as a Case Study

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, January 23, 2009

Margaret A. Palmer

  • Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Director, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Rivers and streams are increasingly stressed by human activity, which tends to homogenize flows, simplify habitats, and reduce diversity. As recognition of these impacts has increased, there has been a parallel increase in restoring streams, helping them to recover and be more resilient in the face of future stressors...

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Beyond Universal Remedies for Good Water Governance: A Political and Contextual Approach

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Helen Ingram

  • Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and the Drew, Chace and Erin Warmington Chair, School of Social Ecology
  • Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences
  • University of California, Irvine

Helen Ingram is a Research Fellow at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Author of 13 books and over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, Professor Ingram has made scholarly contributions to water resources policy, environmental policy,...

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International Climate Change Policy: 10 Precepts for the New Administration

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Daniel Bodansky

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Development
  • Emily and Ernset Woodruff Chair in International Law
  • School of Law, University of Georgia

In preparation for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, our next President will need to have the building blocks of a US climate change foreign policy in place shortly after inauguration. Daniel Bodansky's talk proposes 10 central foreign policy precepts that address the need for domestic action and...

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