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2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
National Climate Seminar: "Years of Living Dangerously: Potential Social Impact"
Mike Goodman, Professor of Environment and Development/Human Geography, University of Reading, UK
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Author of Celebritus Politicus: Neo-liberal Sustainabilities and the Terrains of Care. In: Fridell, G. and Konings, M. (eds.) Age of Icons: Exploring Philanthrocapitalism in the Contemporary World. Published by Toronto Press, Toronto.

www.reading.ac.uk/ges/


Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Policy and Drought in CA
Kate Poole, Senior Attorney and Litigation Director, Water Program
National Resources Defense Council

Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kate Poole is a Senior Attorney* with NRDC’s Water and Wildlife team and litigation director of the Water Program. She served as lead counsel for NRDC in NRDC v. Kempthorne and PCFFA v. Gutierrez, which reformed the operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project to reduce their impacts on threatened and endangered fish. Ms. Poole also directs other litigation efforts for NRDC's Water Program, including efforts to restore the San Joaquin River and ensure that long-term contracts for the diversion and use of California's rivers comply with environmental and natural resource protection laws. Before coming to NRDC, Ms. Poole was a partner with the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo, and was of counsel at the Seattle office of Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Poole graduated from the University of Michigan with a magna cum laude Bachelor's degree in economics. She received a cum laude Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
*Admitted in California

www.nrdc.org


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Palm Oil Boom, Climate Bust
Sharon Smith, Union of Concerned Scientists, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative Campaign Manager
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sharon works with the Tropical Forest & Climate Initiative to reduce deforestation emissions related to land use, with a particular focus on palm oil. In this role, she leverages science and public opinion to help persuade companies and institutions to adopt significant, lasting and measurable sustainability policies related to tropical commodity supply chains. Previously Sharon drove forward grassroots efforts to secure a landmark endangered forest protection commitment from Boise and a climate change policy from Citi. Sharon is the author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World and is passionate about nurturing leadership at the heart of movements for environmental sustainability. She holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in anthropology and B.S. in conservation and resources studies from U.C. Berkeley. She is also a graduate of Green Corps, a fellowship for environmental organizing.

www.ucsusa.org/

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
National Climate Seminar: State Level Climate Action & Obama's Policy
Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, Resources For The Future
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dallas Burtraw is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector. For two decades, he has worked on creating a more efficient and politically rational method for controlling air pollution. He also studies electricity restructuring, competition, and economic deregulation. He is particularly interested in incentive-based approaches for environmental regulation, the most notable of which is a tradable permit system, and recently has studied ways to introduce greater cost-effectiveness into regulation under the Clean Air Act.

http://www.rff.org/


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Beyond Toledo: Algal Blooms in a Hotter World
Robyn Smyth, Bard CEP
Aris Efting, Bard HSEC

Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Robyn Smyth - B.S. Cornell University; M.S. University of Vermont; Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara. Before joining the faculty at Bard CEP, Dr. Smyth was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. Research expertise includes coupling physical and biological processes in lakes and the ocean and aquatic ecosystem management. Current collaborative research projects include modeling the effects of vertical mixing and ultraviolet radiation on primary productivity in the Southern Ocean and understanding the role of climate forcing and hydrodynamics on harmful algal blooms and outbreaks of disease in aquatic organisms in lakes. She is an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, NY and a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) which seeks to utilize high frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems. Peer-reviewed journal articles have been published in Limnology and Oceanography, Geophysical Research Letters, Bioscience, and Environmental Management. 

Aris Efting - Ph.D. Natural Resources 2005, University of Nebraska (UNL). Assistant Professor at UNL from 2005-2010. Consultant to EPA and National Council for Science and the Environment regarding issues on water pollution and the effects of climate change on water quality. Research emphasis includes algae ecology, algae toxins, and the identification of water quality standards for lakes and streams. Has published in The Journal of Paleolimnology, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, and Ecological Modeling.



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Climate Strategy and the UN Summit
Jenny Marienau, Campus Field Manager. 350.org
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
350.org is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.

www.350.org


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
National Climate Seminar: China: How Much Climate Action
Tao Hu, China Program Director, WWF
Campus Center, Red Room 202  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
An ecologist and environmental economist by training, Tao is a veteran with an insider’s perspective on China's environmental policy. With almost two decades of experience of working at the Policy Research Center of China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, Tao has witnessed and participated in the formulation of a wide array of national environmental policy recommendations. Ranging from smartly pricing natural resources to boost efficiency and cut down pollution to streamlining the environmental management systems to minimize bureaucracy and empower enforcement agencies, he has been a witness to and involved in much of China’s recent environmental policy making. This experience has taught him that environmental policy is only effective when informed by and built on solid economic thinking.

Tao is a pioneer in China focusing on environmental issues arising out of international trade. He was the chief expert of a special technical team that provided support for China's negotiation on trade and environment issues under the Committee of Trade and Environment (CTE) of WTO. Tao also advised on China's Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) negotiation in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

“Given China's rapid rise in international trade and investment in recent years, China has a significant role to play in promoting sustainability worldwide,” Tao says. “We need to envision solutions that channel and harness these emerging market forces to ensure that China’s growth not only adds to people's material wellbeing but also protects the health of our natural world.”



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
National Climate Seminar: The State of the Climate Movement
Jay Carmona, US Divestment Campaign Manager, and Duncan Meisel, Digital Campaigns Director, 350.org
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jay Carmona is the National Divestment Campaign Manager for 350.org. The fossil fuel Divestment campaign is one of the top environmental campaigns in the country. Divestment has been covered by virtually every major national news outlet. In 18 months, grassroots divestment campaigns have Committed dozens of Universities, Cities and Foundations to divest billions of dollars from fossil fuels, and there are currently divestment bills being considered in several states. As Campaign Manager, Jay is responsible for coordinating day-to-day strategic support of this large and high-impact campaign, working directly with grassroots campaigners across the US and beyond to coordinate, coach and support their work.

Duncan Meisel is the Digital Campaigns Director for 350.org, an international campaign against climate change, working on the campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and other tar sands projects. Prior to that he was an online organizer for the Tar Sands Action, as well as a smattering of other progressive causes. He lives in Brooklyn with his bike and pile of books. Follow him on twitter @duncanwrites.

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Women, Development, Climate Change
Cate Owren, Senior Policy Advisor at IUCN
Campus Center, Red Room 202  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cate Owren has ten years' experience in international sustainable development, specializing in nexus of women's rights and environmental sustainability, especially relating to climate change She has traveled, lived or worked in more than 25 countries. With both policy analysis and advocacy expertise, Cate's key interests include women's rights; women's organizing, networking, political participation and leadership; civil society participation and access in global policy; intergovernmental processes; human rights and gender equality; international sustainable development policy, particularly climate change and biodiversity; and UN processes and programmes. < Program Website >



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Advancements in California Climate Policy
Emily Reyna, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Alliances, US Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bard CEP ECO Reader: A Tip of the Hat to California’s Cap By Anne Lapera MS'15
Emily Reyna is the Senior Manager of Partnerships and Alliances for EDF's US Climate and Energy Program. In this role, Emily is responsible for engaging and forging common ground with businesses and other key stakeholders to understand and further the goals and benefits of California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).

Emily previously worked in EDF’s Corporate Partnership’s Program on EDF Climate Corps, an innovative program that places specially-trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. Emily helped grow Climate Corps from 7 fellows in 2008 to approximately 100 in 2012. Emily was responsible for managing company relationships, leading fellow training and determining program metrics. She was a fellow at Cisco Systems in the inaugural Climate Corps class in 2008 where she identified the potential for significant energy and cost savings in Cisco’s data labs. Prior to working at EDF, Emily worked at Ford Motor Company. She holds a BS from Stanford University and a MBA and MS from the University of Michigan.

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships.



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Desalination as Adaptation
Micha Tomkiewicz, Physics Professor, Brooklyn College
Campus Center, Red Room 202  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bard CEP Eco Reader: Desalination as Adaptation: Energy intensive, but sometimes necessary
By Suolang Dongcuo, MS’15, and Emily McCarthy, MS’15

Micha Tomkiewicz is professor of physics at Brooklyn College; professor of physics and chemistry in the School for Graduate Studies of the City University of New York; and director of the Environmental Studies Program and the Electrochemistry Institute at Brooklyn College. Previously, he was divisional editor, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (1981-91); chairman, Energy and Technology Division, the Electrochemical Society (1991-93); and member, International Organizing Committee of the conferences on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (1989-92). < Read Full Bio >
 
Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Arctic Methane: Be Afraid?
David Archer, Department of The Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Campus Center, Red Room 202  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
David Archer has been a professor in the Department of The Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago since 1993. He has worked on a wide range of topics pertaining to the global carbon cycle and its relation to global climate, with special focus on ocean sedimentary processes such as CaCO3 dissolution and methane hydrate formation, and their impact on the evolution of atmospheric CO2. He teaches classes on global warming, environmental chemistry, and global geochemical cycles. Archer has published many books and articles on climate change as well as created videos. < Read Full Bio >



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Green Tea, Georgia Style
Seth Gunning of Sierra Club & Debbie Dooley of Tea Party Patriots
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bard CEP ECO Reader: Green Tea, Georgia Style: A new brand of bipartisanship
By Andrew Bonanno MS’15 and Jeremy Cherson MS’15

Seth Gunning is the Georgia Organizing Representative at Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. He is dedicated to social and environmental justice work in the Southeastern United States. His work is focused on strengthening community health, sustainable economies, and food security by working to build empowering relationships, by providing relevant skills and resources to strengthen collective power.  < Read More >

Debbie Dooley is the National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. Debbie has been a grassroots activist since 1976 and has been actively involved in over 40 political campaigns and grassroots initiatives. She has been very heavily involved with Get Out The Vote efforts and ballot security. Debbie has been in the IT field for 15 years as a Systems Administrator. In 1987 – 1992 she served as a liaison between the Governor’s office and businesses in economic development matters. Debbie has served on the Gwinnett County Election and Voter Registration Board as Vice Chairman. < Read More >


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  mwilliam@bard.edu
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
National Climate Seminar: Bike Sharing, NYC Style
Jeffrey S. Olson, Principal, Alta Planning & Design
Jeff Olson has spent most of his life trying to create better connections between people and nature. He grew up in suburbia, where he saw how quickly a landscape of open space could become a placeless sprawl...and realized that better planning and design were the keys to the future. Jeff studied architecture and public policy, but there were two experiences that really shaped his vision: a year living in Rome, and a bike trip with friends between New York and Boston. He says, "I've worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors, but it has always been a vision of wanting to create a better world that has moved me forward." Jeff served as the first New York State DOT bike/pedestrian program manager, and then went on to lead the US Millennium Trails program before joining Alta. "I love my family, bicycling and skiing...creating balance is the key to work and life. We're making the world a better place, one project at a time."  < Read Full Bio >


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  mwilliam@bard.edu