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2015 Public Lecture Series

Thank you to our speakers and everyone who attended Acterra's 2015 Public Lecture Series — it was a huge success. Check back for news about our 2016 speakers!

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The Great Solar Disruption: How Electricity and Power Will be Different in the 21st Century
Wednesday, February 4
7:30 p.m.
580 North Mary Ave, Sunnyvale [MAP]

Danny Kennedy started Sungevity in 2007 and now leads international business development. He authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy — and Our Planet — from Dirty Energy in 2012. He also cofounded The SfunCube — the only incubator and accelerator supporting solar entrepreneurs to succeed. Danny has had global recognition as a sustainability activist, businessperson, and opinion leader. He was named "Innovator of the Year" by the PBS program Planet Forward in 2011, and in 2013 Rolling Stone described him as a "Solar Maverick." Before Sungevity, Danny was Campaigns Manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He also sits on the Board of Directors for several solar startups including Mosaic, Powerhive, and Sunergise. He serves with several non-profits including the Board of the Solar Foundation, VoteSolar, the Clean Tech Council of Sierra Club, and World Resources Institute's New Innovators Council.

Photo of Felicia Marcus

California Water 2015: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
Thursday, March 5
7:30 p.m.
350 Ellis Street, Mountain View
Building E, Room #102, "Espresso," adjacent to Symantec Cafe [MAP]

Felicia Marcus will give a sense of California water's setting (basic hydrology, infrastructure, etc), discuss the drought's impacts and the state's actions to address them, and will talk about how California water management is changing (and needs to change) to cope with the impacts of climate change, population growth, and future food security.

Felicia was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Water Resources Control Board for the State of California in 2012, and designated by the Governor as Chair in April of 2013. Felicia previously served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX during the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles' Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), and was a private and non-profit sector attorney in Los Angeles. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was a Schwarzenegger Administration appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council prior to being appointed to the Water Board.

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Climate and California: An Update from Sacramento
Wednesday, April 15
7:30 p.m.
1900 Charleston Road Mountain View, Mountain View [MAP]

Wade Crowfoot, deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to Governor Brown, will share the latest on the state’s efforts to address climate change. How will California achieve the governor's goal of getting half of the state's electricity coming from renewable sources? What actions will be needed to double the energy efficiency of existing buildings? What incentives can be offered to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles? Previous roles include serving as regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and senior environmental advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Co-sponsored by Stanford GSB Energy Club
From Pago Pago to Palo Alto: Confronting the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century
Thursday, April 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Knight Managment Center at Stanford GSB [MAP]
Lecture: Gunn Building, 635 Knight Way, Room G102.
Parking: Parking Structure 7, 655 Knight Way. Enter from Campus Drive East.

Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA's Regional Administrator, will discuss the environmental challenges in the Pacific Southwest, which are as diverse as its landscape, people, and economy. EPA has achieved significant progress over the past 40 years; however, the issues are ever more complex — from climate change to marine pollution. Jared was appointed by President Barack Obama in November 2009 to lead EPA Region 9, home to more than 50 million people in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 tribal nations. His priorities include strong enforcement, environmental justice, protecting and restoring our air, land and waters, building strong federal, state, local and tribal partnerships, and taking action on climate change. Prior to EPA, Jared served as Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where he initiated San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags, a 2020 zero waste goal, and LEED Gold building standards. He also founded the Business Council on Climate Change.


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Mary and Clinton Gilliland
Armand and Eliane Neukermans

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