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 are putting together the speaker lineup for fall 2017, and will post the lectures as soon as they are scheduled. Please see below for videos of our past speakers.
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
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