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2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
National Climate Seminar: Waste Management
Suna Bayrakal, Product Stewardship Institute
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On May 6th, NCS will host Suna Bayrakal, Senior Associate for Policy + Programs, Product Stewardship Institute where she is an experienced policy analyst and researcher with an environmental engineering background. Her role at PSI includes managing policy projects and program staff, designing and conducting research, and developing legislative strategy and policy positions. Suna’s main project focus is on batteries, tires, household hazardous waste, and appliances. Prior to joining PSI, Suna received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto with dissertation research focused on the relationship between environmental policy and technology change.


Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
National Climate Seminar: Algal Biofuels
Lieve Laurens, Senior Research Scientist National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lieve Laurens is a senior research scientist in the Bioprocess Research and Development group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Lieve's research experience is primarily analytical biochemistry—investigating ways to understand lipid, carbohydrate, and protein production and composition in microalgae and other microorganisms.

Lieve leads the DOE/EERE-funded Algal Biomass Characterization project at the National Bioenergy Center and coordinating research with a team of six researchers. As part of this work, they have recently published a set of laboratory analytical procedures specifically tailored for algal biomass characterization. These are now available online


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
National Climate Seminar: GeoEngineering
Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wil Burns, PhD, is a Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service, at American University. From 2012 to 2014 he founded and directed the MS in Energy Policy and Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught courses in domestic and international climate change law and domestic energy law. He holds a PhD in International Environmental Law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and is the President of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He is also the former Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law interest group of the American Society of International Law. He has taught at Williams College, Colby College, Santa Clara University School of Law and the Monterey Institute of International Studies of Middlebury College.

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
National Climate Seminar: Food Security
Dave Battisti, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and
Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington

Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

David Battisti is The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. David received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences (1988) from the University of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin until 1990. Since then, he has been on the Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, and has served as the Director of JISAO (1997-2003) and of the UW's Earth Initiative (2003-2006).

Battisti's research is focused on understanding the natural variability of the climate system. He is especially interested in understanding how the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea ice lead to variability in climate on time scales from seasonal to decades. His previous research includes coastal oceanography, the physics of the El Nino/Southern Osciallation (ENSO) phenomenon, midlatitude atmosphere/ocean variability and variability in the coupled atmosphere/sea ice system in the Arctic. Battisti is presently working to improve the El Nino models and their forecast skill, to understand the mechanisms responsible for the drought cycles in the Sahel, and to better understand the monsoons. He is also working on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on food production in Mexico, Indonesia and China.

Battisti's recent interests are in paleoclimate: in particular, the mechanisms responsible for the remarkable "abrupt" global climate changes evident throughout the last glacial period.

Battisti has served on numerous international science panels, on Committees of the National Research Council. He served for five years as co-chair of the Science Steering Committee for the U.S. Program on Climate (US CLIVAR) and is co-author of several international science plans. He has published over 100 papers in peer-review journals in atmospheric sciences and oceanography, and twice been awarded distinguished teaching awards.

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
National Climate Seminar: State-Level Climate Action: The Power Dialog
Eban Goodstein, Director Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center of Environmental Policy, will be discussing state-level climate action. Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity. Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector. Given this opportunity, Bard CEP is helping organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students? This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials. Join the climate seminar to learn more about this opportunity.



Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
National Climate Seminar: Risk and Uncertainty in Climate Assessment

Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences & Public Policy, Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Howard C. Kunreuther, co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center will be discussing integrated risk and uncertainty assessment of climate change response policies.
 


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu