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February 2018

RAN RAN – Decentralization, Blame and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Environmental Politics

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Ran RAN Associate Professor of Political Science School of International Studies Renmin University of China DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Decentralization, Blame and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Environmental Politics DESCRIPTION: The obvious paradox within China’s environmental politics is the big gap between the central government’s policy and its implementation outcomes at local levels. While the supporters of decentralized environmental governance theory believe that decentralization can produce better environmental performance mainly because lower-level…

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March 2018

CYNTHIA MOE-LOBEDA – Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Professor of Theological and Social Ethics Church Divinity School of the Pacific DATE: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future DESCRIPTION: Climate change may be the most far reaching manifestation of white privilege and class privilege yet to face humankind. Caused overwhelmingly by high-consuming people, climate change is wreaking death and destruction foremost on impoverished people who also are disproportionately people of color. This presentation…

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ANDY JONES – Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Andy Jones Research Scientist Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory UC Berkeley DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society DESCRIPTION: There is a growing need for information about changing climate conditions to guide planning, ranging from agriculture to water and energy systems to coastal infrastructure. However, many of the scientific data products available to decision-makers were not produced with their…

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GWEN OTTINGER – The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Gwen Ottinger Associate Professor Department of Politics Center for Science, Technology and Society Drexel University DATE: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Infrastructures for Engineer-Allies: The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists DESCRIPTION: Social and environmental justice activists are increasingly asking how technology can help them achieve their goals, and a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, and other technical experts are eager to help. But successful collaborations depend in no small part…

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April 2018

ERG Annual Lecture – John Harte

April 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Berkeley, CA United States
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ERG ANNUAL LECTURE SPEAKER: John Harte, "The Quest for Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity" DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 TIME: 5:30–6:30 PM, followed by Q & A to 7PM LOCATION: Sibley Auditorium, inside Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley Please mark your calendars for the 24th Energy and Resources Group Annual Lecture on Energy and the Environment on Thursday, April 5. This year's speaker will be ERG and ESPM Professor John Harte. Professor Harte’s lecture will be part of…

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GEORGE RODERICK – Moorea Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar (IDEA): Modeling a Complex Island Ecosystem to Achieve Sustainability

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: George Roderick Professor and Department Chair Environmental Science, Policy, and Management UC Berkeley DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows DESCRIPTION: The goal of the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Project is to build functioning digital simulations, ‘avatars’, of model islands, as a model to scale up to larger organizational units, with the outcome that communities and countries manage their ecosystem wellness and avoiding the social consequences of ecological collapse. The IDEA Consortium is an open…

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NOAH KITTNER – The Future of Coal: Kosovo and The Clean Energy Transition

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Noah Kittner PhD Student, Energy and Resources Group UC Berkeley DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: The Future of Coal: Kosovo and The Clean Energy Transition DESCRIPTION: Globally, energy systems are experiencing rapid changes and the landscape of energy no longer favors coal. In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal energy projects, unless no financially feasible alternatives exist. However, in Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been…

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RILEY DUREN – Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
126 Barrows Hall, 126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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SPEAKER: Riley Duren Chief Systems Engineer & Engineering Fellow Earth Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:30pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions DESCRIPTION: Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, a precursor for tropospheric ozone and strongly linked with co-emitted reactive trace gases and hence is a priority for climate and air-quality mitigation policies in California. Recent advances in measurement science and technology offer the potential to inform and…

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Information Session: 2018 Summer-only Minor/Certificate in Sustainability

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Energy Resources Group, 310 Barrows Hall, University of California
Berkeley, 94720-3050 United States
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Learn more about ERG's new Summer-only Minor/Certificate in Sustainability

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May 2018

Public Lecture by Douglas Brinkley Honoring Carolyn Merchant

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
159 Mulford Hall, 130 Hilgard Way
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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Public Lecture by Douglas Brinkley Honoring Dr. Carolyn Merchant Co-sponsored by Dan Kammen's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL) SPEAKER: Douglas Brinkley, Rice University DATE: Thursday, May 3, 2018 TIME: 7–9 PM LOCATION: 159 Mulford Hall DESCRIPTION: In June of 2018 Professor Carolyn Merchant, of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), will be retiring after almost 40 years of teaching and research on the UC Berkeley campus. Merchant’s landmark book, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the…

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