- 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...
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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
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...
- 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,...
- 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...
- Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida
The quest for environmental sustainability depends on accurate diagnoses and fitting prescriptions. But there is no consensus as to the roots of environmental problems or how to respond. Some claim the problems and solutions are largely technological, others say they are largely cultural, and the contending parties rarely meet...
What might happen to the Earth if humans vanished? How would the rest of nature respond if it were suddenly relieved of the relentless pressures we heap on it? How soon would, or could, the climate return to where it was before we fired up all our engines? Could nature...
- Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
China is now the largest producer of coal, coke, and steel in the world. Polenske will trace the supply chains for these important commodities and examine factors that are affecting their prices and use. In addition, she will examine the causes of the recent climb in energy intensity (energy...
- Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Energy debates in Washington are disquieting to the careful observer. Economic myths replace science as the basis of decision making. The right believes that governmental controls disrupt energy markets while the left warns that special interests are aiming to thwart the national interest. Neither simplification stands up to economic analysis,...
- Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
- Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne
Singer specializes in practical ethics, approaching ethical issues mostly from a preference utilitarian perspective. Dr. Singer supports and is actively involved in several humanitarian organizations worldwide, including Oxfam, an organization that works directly with local grass roots organizations in developing countries, and supervises the way its money is used to...
- Professor, MacQuarie University
Drawing on the ideas from his groundbreaking new book, Tim Flannery presents a straightforward and powerful exploration of the connection between climate change, global warming, and human activity. He has a gift for making complex science understandable for a lay audience, through a deft use of imagery, analogy and common...
- Writer, educator, radio correspondent, and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico
Jeff Biggers will discuss Mitraniketan, a legendary village revitalization project in Kerala that turned one of the most deforested, overpopulated, and depressed villages in India into a model of sustainable living and ecological restoration, following the visionary ideas of adivasi forest communities and traditions of Gandhi, Tagore, the Danish folk...
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