Humboldt State University

Schatz Energy Research Center

Sustainable Futures Speaker Series

This interdisciplinary speaker series is intended to stimulate cross disciplinary discussion, debate, and collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. The series is sponsored by SERC and the Environment & Community Graduate Program.

You can watch most SERC-sponsored talks on SERC’s YouTube Channel, or via the direct links below. Videos of most presentations are also available to check-out from the HSU Library (index of available DVDs) or download via Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Fall 2015

* Unless otherwise noted, events are 5:30pm-7:00pm Thursdays in Gist Hall 218 *

September 3
Matthew Marshall
“RePowering Humboldt: Progress Toward Implementing A Local Community Choice Aggregation Program”

Matthew Marshall is the Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). Under the delegated authority of the Energy Authority Board of Directors, Mr. Marshall manages all RCEA activities and functions; guides and implements strategic planning; and oversees program development, implementation, and evaluation. Mr. Marshall has been involved in a variety of energy planning, policy, and implementation endeavors, and previously served as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program Administrator for the City and County of Denver, where he was responsible for developing and managing locally-, state-, and federally-funded comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction projects and community partnerships in support of Denver’s Climate Action Plan. A graduate of Humboldt State University, Mr. Marshall’s work on innovative sustainable energy systems and programs has been recognized and honored by the National Hydrogen Association, the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Hydrogen Business Council, the American Lung Association in Colorado, and the United States Congress.

Mr. Marshall’s volunteer non-profit service includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (President), the Northcoast Educational Foundation (President), the Humboldt Folklife Society (President), the Center for Environmental Economic Development, and the Trinidad Museum Society; he is also a firefighter with the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department and a professional artist and bagpiper.

September 24
Seth Shonkoff
“The Environmental, Public Health, and Climate Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development in California"

Dr. Shonkoff is the executive director of the energy science and policy institute, PSE Healthy Energy. Dr. Shonkoff is also a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, and an affiliate in the Environment Energy Technology Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. An environmental and public health scientist by training, he has more than 15 years of experience in water, air, climate, and population health research. Dr. Shonkoff completed his PhD in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and his MPH in epidemiology in the School of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a contributing author to the Human Health chapter of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Dr. Shonkoff was also the lead author of the two human health chapters in the California Senate Bill 4 Independent Scientific Study on hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation, published in July 2015. He has worked and published on topics related to the intersection of energy, air pollution, water quality, climate, and human health from scientific and policy perspectives. Dr. Shonkoff’s current work focuses on the human health, environmental and climate dimensions of oil and gas development in the United States and abroad.

October 8, Jack West, Founder and CTO, Zep Solar, Inc.

October 22, Charles Wilkinson

November 5, Harsha Walia

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