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...
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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
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...
- 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.Read More View the PDF Flyer
Towards Sustainable Land Architecture: A Grand Challenge for Sustainability Science--The Southern Yucatan Example
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...
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...
Greasy Palms: Assessing the Resilience and Vulnerability of Bornean Landscapes to Agribusiness Expansion for Edible Oils and Biofuels
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...
Life Cycle Models and Metrics: The Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, and Technology
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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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