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Acterra Presents Our 2014 Lecture Series: Solving the Climate Puzzle

Join Acterra for a series of exciting conversations focused on different solutions to protecting our climate. You'll come away with fresh ideas to spread a positive vision for making the transition to a new energy future.

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Wednesday, February 19
7:30 pm
Risky Business: Reframing the U.S. Climate Change Debate

Kate Gordon is vice president and director of the Energy and Climate Program at Next Generation, a nonprofit policy research and strategic communications organization in San Francisco. Gordon also serves as executive director of the Risky Business project, a new initiative that seeks to quantify the economic risks the United States faces from climate change. Kate Gordon will explain the rationale for the project, and why it's so important for businesses, policymakers, and citizens to understand this growing area of current and potential climate risk.
Cost: $8 advance registration. $10 for walk-ins if seats are available (space is limited). SOLD OUT

 
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Wednesday, March 5
7:30 pm
Transitioning All 50 States to Wind, Water, and Solar Power

Mark Z. Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, will discuss the development of technical and economic plans to convert the energy infrastructure of each of the 50 United States to being powered by 100% renewable resources. The plans call for 80% conversion by 2030 and 100% by 2050 through aggressive policy measures and natural transition. Mark Jacobson will explain what's required for this expansion of wind and solar resources, the jobs created, costs, and related reductions in air pollution mortality.
Cost: $8 advance registration. $10 for walk-ins if seats are available (space is limited). SOLD OUT

 
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Thursday, April 3
7:30 pm
The Clean Energy Revolution will be Crowdsourced

Billy Parish, founder and president of Mosaic, an investment platform for solar energy, will describe how his company's approach is jump-starting commercial-scale solar projects while giving small investors a way to benefit from the growing solar market. Called a "Climate Hero" by Rolling Stone magazine and one of "50 Visionaries Changing the World" by Utne Reader, Billy Parish has pioneered innovative thinking for solar finance. In January 2014, Mosaic won a $1 million prize for sustainability to expand its platform internationally.
Cost: $8 advance registration. $10 for walk-ins if seats are available (space is limited). Reservations will be accepted until 04/03/2014 at 5 pm.

 
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Thursday, May 1
7:30 pm
California's Progress Towards a Clean Energy Economy

Janea Scott, Commissioner at the California Energy Commission (CEC), was appointed by Gov. Brown in February 2013. She is one of five officials charged with implementing the state's energy policies. Commissioner Scott will discuss the growing role of renewable energy in the state's economy as well as CEC programs that support energy efficiency and conservation, cutting edge research, and renewable energy development. In her talk, Scott will also draw on her recent experience at the U.S. Department of the Interior with the development of renewable energy on public lands.
Cost: $8 advance registration. $10 for walk-ins if seats are available (space is limited). Reservations will be accepted until 05/01/2014 at 5 pm.

Lecture Series Location

Fenwick & West
801 California Street
Mountain View [map]

Use the California Street Entrance. The Mountain View Caltrain Station is located on West Evelyn Avenue, only a couple blocks away. Directions for bicycling, walking, and taking public transit can be found on Google Maps.  Parking available on the street and at the Bryant Street lot between California and Mercy.

Series Underwriters

Mary and Clinton Gilliland
Armand and Eliane Neukermans

Host Sponsor

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