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 also offer free access to all students.
Our spring 2018 lecture series is now open for registration, and we look forward to seeing you at any or all of our upcoming lectures!
For more information on our public lecture series, email Megan O'Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2018 Lecture Series
Kristy Kroeker, PhD
How Climate Change Affects the Health of Our Oceans
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Kristy Kroeker, PhD, will speak on the ecological effects of climate change on the oceans and the vital role oceans play in mitigating impacts. She is assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a BS in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. Kristy has worked with organizations like the World Bank and the Nature Conservancy, briefed Congress on the potential effects of ocean acidification and helped plan for climate adaptation for the Central California Marine Sanctuaries. Kristy manages the Kroeker Lab at UC Santa Cruz, which conducts research on environmental change in marine communities.
Mary & Clinton Gilliland
Armand & Eliane Neukermans
A Conversation with Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm
Palo Alto Art Center
Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the City of Palo Alto, will speak on Palo Alto's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S-CAP) and where progress can still be made despite the federal administration's climate and environmental policies. He’ll also share his views on cities around the world that are leading the way to address climate change. Gil Friend was a named one of the 10 leading sustainability voices in the U.S. by the Guardian. He is the author of The Truth About Green Business.
View Gil Friend's presentation slides here.
How We Know It Was Climate Change: Connecting Extreme Weather Events with Global Warming
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 pm
Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room
Heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires — extreme climate events are on the rise in the US and worldwide. Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University, examines the connections between global warming and extreme events and asks the question, did global warming contribute to these recent disasters?
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:
Carl Pope, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, November 2, 2017, video
Blog post about Carl Pope's lecture:
Many Sources; Many Solutions & What You Can Do, CleanFleetReport.com, November 21, 2017
Kat Taylor, Supporting Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice Goals in the Banking Industry, October 20, 2017
Steve Westly, How Millennials are Driving the Clean Energy Revolution, September 28, 2017
Blog post about Steve Westly's lecture:
The Clean Energy Revolution Is Coming, CleanFleetReport.com, Sep. 30, 2017
Erin Cooke, Flying the (Climate) Friendly Skies: Sustainability @ SFO, May 11, 2017, Video
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, 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