The Public Lecture Series
Acterra’s Public Lecture Series features prominent voices from throughout the environmental sector, addressing urgent issues that face region and our planet. With series in both fall and spring, we offer many opportunities to learn about and discuss environmental issues with like-minded community members.
Our lectures take place in and around the Palo Alto area, and are often hosted by corporate partners like Microsoft, Facebook, and LinkedIn. They are open to the public, and cost $10 to attend. For an annual membership starting at $40, you can get free access to our public lecture series for one year.
We invite you to join us for our Fall 2017 series. All of our speakers and topics are below. Reserve your seats, as these events fill up quickly. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information on our public lecture series, email Megan O'Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2017 Lecture Series
Steve Westly, The Westly Group
How the Clean Energy Economy is Helping to Address Climate Change
Thursday, September 28
The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation, Palo Alto
Steve Westly is founder and managing partner of The Westly Group, a sustainability venture firm located in Menlo Park. The Westly Group focuses on capital-efficient, high-growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and Internet of Things spaces. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the Controller and chief fiscal officer of the State of California. Westly will share his perspective on the latest developments in the clean energy economy.
Kat Taylor, Beneficial State Bank
How the Banking Industry Can Support Sustainability and Social Justice Goals
Friday, October 20
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium
Kat Taylor is co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank and develops its social and environmental objectives. Beneficial State Bank is a community development financial institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. We invite you to come hear her perspective on how the banking industry can support sustainability and social justice goals.
Highlights from Spring 2017 Lecture Series
A Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz
in conversation with Acterra Executive Director Adam Stern
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Road at Embarcadero, Palo Alto
George P. Shultz is a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as Secretary of State (1982-89) under President Reagan, and Secretary of the Treasury (1972-74), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970-72), and Secretary of Labor (1969-70) under President Nixon. He is one of only two people to serve in four cabinet positions. Shultz has taught at MIT, University of Chicago, and Stanford. In 2010, Shultz co-chaired the campaign to stop Prop 23 in California, a ballot measure that would have rolled back the state's climate and clean energy law (AB 32). Thanks in part to Shultz's leadership, Prop. 23 was defeated with 61% of the electorate voting no. In February 2017, he became a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, an international research and advocacy organization, which supports carbon taxes.
Watch a video of the lecture here:
Erin Cooke, Flying the (Climate) Friendly Skies: Sustainability @ SFO, May 11, 2017, Video
Secretary of State George P. Schultz, A Conservative Case for Carbon Tax, April 4, 2017, Video
Peter Drekmeier, Protecting California's Water: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, Mar. 2, 2017, Video
John Wick, Lowering Earth’s Temperature and Stabilizing Our Climate: A Report From The Field, Nov. 10, 2016
Chris Field & Katharine Mach, After the Paris Agreement, Oct. 5, 2016, Video
Dr. Stefan Heck, Insights and Updates on the Self-Driving Car, Sept. 13, 2016
Paul and Anne Ehrlich, The Annihilation of Nature: A Clarion Call for Engagement and Action, May 18, 2016
Astronaut Steve Smith, Earth Beautiful: Reflections from Space, Apr. 14, 2016, Video
Peter Gleick, Water and California: Where Do We Go From Here?, Feb. 17, 2016
Gretchen Daily, Harmonizing People and Nature: A New Business Model, Jan. 20, 2016
Jared Blumenfeld, Fossil Fuels, Power Plants, and Greenhouse Gasses: Next Steps for the EPA, Apr. 30, 2015
Wade Crowfoot, Climate and California: An Update from Sacramento, Apr. 15, 2015
Felicia Marcus, California Water 2015: Where are we and where do we need to go?, Mar. 5, 2015