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.


Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Peter Drekmeier, Protecting California’s Water: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, March 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Microsoft, Mountain View Campus, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View

Did you know that many of us get our water from the Tuolumne River? As the Tuolumne River Trust’s Policy Director, Peter Drekmeier will share with us how this river fits into the Bay Delta, and how we can have a healthy Bay-Delta ecosystem and a thriving economy. 

Peter Drekmeier co-founded Bay Area Action (BAA) in 1990 and ten years later helped establish Acterra through the merger of BAA with the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation. He has led efforts to protect old growth forests and native wildlife habitats, assist statewide environmental campaigns, and improve river conditions on the Tuolumne. As council member and mayor of Palo Alto, he helped build the city’s reputation as one of the nation’s most sustainable cities. Peter was Acterra's 2016 honoree for Party for the Planet. The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan establishes control measures to protect beneficial uses of water in the Bay-Delta Watershed.


Past Lectures

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 Erlich, 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