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.
* Unless otherwise noted, events are 5:30pm-7:00pm Thursdays in Art B 102 *
“State of the Science on Environmental Issues and Marine Renewable Energy”
Dr. Sharon Kramer is a principal at H. T. Harvey & Associates, and heads its North Coast office and the Fish and Aquatic Ecology team. She has more than 25 years of experience in aquatic ecology and fisheries biology in the Pacific Northwest, California, Australia, and Hawai‘i. Sharon is well-versed in fish and aquatic habitat restoration and monitoring, and project permitting, with extensive federal Endangered Species Act work. Her most recent focus has involved assessing and mitigating the environmental effects associated with marine renewable energy projects. Sharon has her PhD, Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, MS, Zoology, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, and BA, Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
September 28 *Wednesday in the UC Banquet Room
“Water Use and Water Management in Early Modern Europe”
Alexander Schunka is Professor of Early Modern History at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Freie Universität in Berlin. His doctoral dissertation (2004) at the University of Munich addressed religious migrations in the early modern era. He has taught at the universities of Stuttgart (2004-09) and Erfurt (2009-15). His main research interests focus on the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe (Central Europe, Britain, East-Central Europe as well as the Ottoman Empire). More specifically, his research addresses the history of early modern migrations, the history of natural resources, transcultural encounters between the Ottoman world and Central Europe, and intellectual and religious transfers between English and German Protestants in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, among other topics. Publications include two monographs (a third monograph is currently in print), a number of edited volumes, about 70 articles in journals and edited volumes (mostly in German and English), and about 80 book reviews.
“Saved By The Gyres: Ocean Source Heat Pumps Cut Heating Costs and CO2 Emissions in Coastal Alaska Cities"
Andy Baker is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and owner of YourCleanEnergy consulting in Anchorage. He has significant experience in the financial evaluation and design of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. He has lived and worked in Alaska since 1998 and has focused for the past twelve years on identifying and designing cost effective renewable energy systems for commercial, municipal, and community clients. He has been the organizer of the annual Anchorage Solar Tour from 2009 thru 2016. Andy is a graduate in environmental engineering from Penn State University and worked previously as a project engineer for Buchart-Horn in Pennsylvania; Black & Veatch in San Diego, Lusaka, and Boston; and for HDR Alaska in Anchorage.
Andy's work focus since 2009 has been on ocean source heat pumps systems for large facilities, and for district heating in coastal Alaska. He has worked with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for the past seven years to evaluate, design and monitor a large sea water heat pump system that has now effectively replaced 98% of local fossil fuel use with ocean source heat pumps. This high profile demonstration project was designed and constructed in three phases and features conventional heat pump systems using synthetic (R-134a); and cutting edge trans-critical heat pumps using a natural refrigerant (R-744 or CO2). The project combines the science of ocean gyres and an amazing natural refrigerant to produce a clean energy solution with an exciting and sustainable future for many northern coastal cities of the world.
"Waste to Energy to Market"
Alexander Eaton is the co-founder and CEO of Sistema Biobolsa, a company that fabricates, distributes, finances and services small-scale biogas systems in Latin America. Based in Mexico, the company is currently growing into new markets. Alex is also the co-founder of the Latin America Biogas Network and the Mexico Biogas Program of the International Renewable Resources Institute. He has been supported in his work as an Ashoka Fellow and Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow and through the USDA, US EPA, and the Mexican government. Alex has a BA in journalism from Western State College of Colorado and an MS from the Energy Technology and Policy master's program at Humboldt State University, where his master's thesis focused on the development of the Sistema Biobolsa concept.
"Tiny Houses: A Fad or the Future of Housing?"
Lee Pera is a geographer, educator and community organizer. In addition to building her own tiny house and setting up the nation's first tiny house community in Washington DC, Lee has worked with communities throughout Latin America and the U.S. on urban infill, land tenure, and sustainable community development. As a geographer with the US Environmental Protection Agency, she enjoys making maps and telling stories with data.
Lee is a founding member of the Tiny House Collaborative and works with cities and communities to plan how tiny houses and other mobile structures can be incorporated into affordable housing strategies and creative arts spaces. She teaches workshops around the country on tiny houses. Her talk will address the tiny house movement, its origins, its demographics, and its role in the changing housing landscape in the United States. She holds Master's degrees in Geography and Public Policy from the University of Oregon and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including NPR, the Washington Post, Atlantic Cities, Dwell, Architectural Record, CNN, and ABC.
"Where in the Wild?"
In the 21st century, on the verge of what some are calling the Anthropocene, is there any place that's still really, truly wild? And, if so, how can we hold onto wildness as a touchstone for our relationship with the rest of nature? In this lecture environmental journalist Jason Mark, editor in chief of SIERRA magazine, will share some thoughts from his 2015 book, Satellites in the High Country, and will explore the meaning of wilderness today.
Jason Mark is the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man and the editor in chief of SIERRA, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. His writings on the environment have also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, TheAtlantic.com, and Salon.com among many other publications. He is a co-founder of Alemany Farm, an urban farm in San Francisco.
"An Update on U.S. Energy Policy and Related Technology Development"
Dr. Surles has a distinguished career in energy and environmental management and consulting positions. Since 2012, he has been at the University of Hawaii as Lead for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions and as Senior Advisor to the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). During this time, he has also served as an expert for APEC and IEA in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Peru, and Korea and has worked on an analysis of DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative for Booz, Allen, Hamilton. From 2010 to 2012, as Desert Research Institute Vice President, he led program development and management for three research divisions and four research centers in environmental and energy sciences. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Technology Integration and Policy Analysis Program Manager at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute focusing on grid integration of variable renewable resources and electricity storage technologies. He was simultaneously a senior advisor at CIEE focusing on carbon capture and storage. From 2004 to 2006, he was Vice President at EPRI focusing on air quality, health, energy/water nexus, and climate change issues. From 2000 to 2004, he was on loan to the California Energy Commission as the Public Interest Energy Research Program Director from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LBNL) where he had been Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Programs from 1998 to 2000, focusing on energy efficiency, energy storage, and climate change science and analysis. In 1997, he was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to be Deputy Secretary for Science and Technology at California EPA. From 1978 to 1997, he was at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with his final position being General Manager for Environmental Programs. Major programmatic areas included energy systems assessment, climate change science, risk analysis and assessment, emergency planning and response, and energy and environmental modeling.
Dr. Surles received his PhD in Chemistry from Michigan State. He has more than 300 publications, technical reports, and presentations to his credit. He has served on a number of committees, including seven appointments with the National Research Council as well as DOE and its laboratories. In addition to those listed above, he has consulted for the Northeast Asia Economic Forum, East-West Center, the United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, and the State of Victoria.
- Andrea Tuttle,
“Report from Paris: Observations from the UNFCCC COP 21 Climate Negotiations” Watch full presentation
- Jonathan Kusel, "Improving Forests and Building Communities: A Networked Biomass Approach" Watch full presentation
- Lindsay Naylor , "Cultivating Sustainability: Seeds and Climate Change Adaptation in Highland Chiapas” Watch full presentation
- Nate Coleman, “Ensuring Safe, Compliant and Reliable Interoperable Zep Product Designs for SolarCity Photovoltaic Installations through Rigorous Test, Quality and Qualification Programs”
- Kevin Fingerman and Jerome Carman, "Guiding Northwest California Towards Alternative Transportation Fuels: A Roadmap to 2020 and Beyond" Watch full presentation
- Renée Byrd,
“Punishment's Twin: Carceral Logics, Abolitionist Critique, and the Limits of Reform” Watch full presentation
- Matthew Marshall,
“RePowering Humboldt: Progress Toward Implementing A Local Community Choice Aggregation Program” Watch full presentation
- Seth Shonkoff, "The Environmental, Public Health, and Climate Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development in California" Watch full presentation
- Jack West, "The PV Industry: An Insider's Insights into the Evolution of PV Technology and Business Models" Watch full presentation
- Charles Wilkinson, “From Humboldt Bay to the Columbia to the Canadian Line: How the Northwest Tribes Triumphed in the Courts and Changed the World” Watch full presentation
- Harsha Walia, "Border Imperialism and Environmental Racism" Watch full presentation
- Sarah Ray,
“Can a Green University Serve Underrepresented Students?: Reconciling Sustainability and Diversity at
HSU” Watch full presentation
- Arne Jacobson, “The Pico Power Revolution: Off-Grid Energy Services for Low Income People in Africa, Asia, and Beyond” Watch full presentation
- Carolyn Finney,“Righteous Road: Black Faces, White Spaces & Stories of Possibility”
- John Meyer, “Environmentalism and the Resonance Dilemma” Watch full presentation
- Beckie Menten, “Community Choice, Community Power: An In-Depth Look at California's Emerging Model for Local Electricity Control” Watch full presentation
- Janet Fiskio,"Welcome to Blockadia: Poetics and Protest in Climate Activism" Watch full presentation
- Belinda Batten, “Catching the Wave and Rising with the Tides: Marine Renewable Energy at NNMREC”
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- Peter Alagona, “Forty Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California and Beyond”
Watch full presentation
- Ron Reed and Kari Norgaard,
“The Politics of Fire and the Social Impacts of Fire Exclusion on the Klamath”
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- Sam Arons, “Scaling Renewable Energy: A Perspective from Google” Watch full presentation
- Joan Ogden,"A Portfolio Approach to Sustainable Transportation" Watch full presentation
- Matt Johnson,
“Reconciling Agriculture & Wildlife Conservation: Examples with Coffee Farmers and Birds in Jamaica, Kenya, and India” Watch full presentation
- Jesse Abrams, “The Importance of Communities of Place and Interest to the Sustainability of Forest-based Bioenergy Development” Watch full presentation
- Trevor Houser, “China's Energy Future: Domestic Drivers and Global Consequences"
- Alexander B. Murphy, “Understanding the Changing Planet: Geography’s Role in Addressing Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century”
- Philip Garone, “California Wetlands—Two Centuries of Loss and Recovery: Lessons from the Central Valley” Watch full presentation
- Nathan Hultman, “US Climate Policy and Prospects for a 2015 International Climate Agreement”
- Gwyn Kirk, “Environmental Security and National Security: Are They Compatible?” Watch full presentation
- Ted Bilek, “An Outlook for Forest Products and Timber Markets: 2012-2030” Watch full presentation
- Susan Handy, “Driving Less” Watch full presentation
- Erin Kelly, “Sustaining Rural Places: What Are We Sustaining” Watch full presentation
- John Laird, “California’s Sustainable Resources Future” Watch full presentation
- Nicholas Lam, “Let There Be (Clean) Light: How Kerosene Lighting in Developing Countries Is Contributing to Climate Warming and the Global Disease Burden” Watch full presentation
- Julie Guthman, “Fat Places? Exploring Environmental Causes of Obsesity”
- Jonathan Woolley, “Radically Efficient Design for Zero Net Energy Buildings” Watch full presentation
- Bill Stewart, “Timber Harvests and Managed Forests: Good or Bad for Climate Change?”
- Sheri Woo and Carol Rische, “Evaluating Mad River Water Use Options: A Local Issue with Regional Impacts” Watch full presentation
- Laurie Richmond, “Incorporating Human Dimensions into Environmental Management: A Story in Three Acts” Watch full presentation
- Jen Marlow, “Climate Change and Human Rights: Justice Beyond Law” Watch full presentation
- Antwi Akom, “Race, Power, and the Environment: Using Participatory Mapping and New Media to Build a Community-Based Climate Justice Movement” Watch full presentation
- Zack Zoller, “Solar Makes It Big: Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaics for Large Systems” Watch full presentation
- Lindsay Magnuson, “Land Conservation on the North Coast Using the Land Trust Model” Watch full presentation
- Simone Pulver, “Addressing Climate Change through Carbon Markets: Lessons Learned in Brazil and India” Watch full presentation
- Robin Kimmerer, “Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground Between Traditional and Scientific Ecological Knowledge”
- Garvin Heath, “Environmental Impacts of Energy Technologies: A Life Cycle Perspective” Watch full presentation
- Kathleen McAfee, “Cooling the Planet or Feeding the World: Do We Have To Choose?” Watch full presentation
- Seth Wilson, “Conservation on the Edge: Large Carnivores and Building Communities of Coexistence”
- September 22-23, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Symposium
- Jeff Mapes, “How the Bicycle is Changing American Cities” Watch full presentation
- Evan Mills, “The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production” Watch full presentation
- Arne Jacobson, “Super Efficient Appliances, International Cooperation, and the Climate Challenge” Watch full presentation
- Amol Phadke, “Low Carbon Strategies for the Indian Electricity Sector: Opportunities for Leapfrogging” Watch full presentation
- Geeta Chowdhry, “To Bt or not to Bt? Transnational Capital, the State, Civil Society and the Struggle over Food Sovereignty in India” Watch full presentation
- Noah Zerbe, “Reshaping Globalization from the Ground Up: Community Resilience and Transformation in Durban, South Africa” Watch full presentation
- John Elliot, “UC Merced: Achieving Zero Net Energy and Zero Landfill Waste by 2020” Watch full presentation
- Jim Hight, “Climate Change Policy in North America: Reasons for Optimism” Watch full presentation
- Steven Hackett and Luke Scheidler, “The Economics of Clean Energy in Humboldt County” Watch full presentation
- Tom Fee, “Leadership Patterns in Environmental & Public Policy Dispute Resolution 1970- 2010 - 2050: Reflections & Explorations
- Mary Crowley, “Solutions to Plastic Proliferation In Our Oceans”
- David Rubin, “The Challenges and Opportunities of Renewables from a Utility Perspective” Watch full presentation
- Judith Mayer, “Borneo to California and Back”
- Eric Holt-Giménez, “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice”
- Tim Palmer, “Rivers of America”
- Nick Goulette and Lynn Jungwirth, “Community-based Forestry: Past, Present, and Future”
- Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier, “Integrating Renewable Resources: Making the ‘Smart Grid’ Work” Watch full presentation
- Aldaron Laird,“Is Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s Water System Sustainable? Is California’s Water Use Sustainable?”
- Peter Dauvergne, “Big Box Stores and Global Environmental Governance”
- Elizabeth “Betsy” Watson, “Working in the Political Dead Zone”
- Peter Alstone and Colin Sheppard, “Humboldt County’s Renewable Energy Futures: Preliminary Results from a Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) Study” Watch full presentation
- Kim Berry, “Disowning Dependence: Single Women’s Collective Struggle for Land Rights in Northwestern India”
- Garvin Heath, “Environmental Impacts of Energy Technologies: A Life Cycle Perspective”
- Cynthia Chandler, “Democracy Across Prison Walls”
- Timothy Lipman, “Low Carbon Vehicle Research at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center” Watch full presentation
- Omar Masera, “Efficient Cookstoves - Mitigating Climate Change While Advancing Sustainable Development Priorities: The Case of Efficient Cookstoves” Watch full presentation
- Jane Nielsen and Howard Wilshire, “The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery”
- Andrea Tuttle, “After Copenhagen, What Next for Forests? An Update of COP 15, the Copenhagen Accord, and Tropical Deforestation” Watch full presentation
- Sandra Steingraber, “Environmental Health: A New Civil Rights Movement”
- Jerry Moles and Karen Brisbane, “LandCare In Australia and the USA”
- Arne Jacobson, “Energy and the Environment at HSU” Watch full presentation
- Riki Ott, “The Impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Ecology and Community”
- Llyn Smith, “A Just Peace? The Sri Lankan Civil War and Minority Politics in the Sinhalese Buddhist State”
- Stephen Most, “Fixing the World: Conflict and Consensus in the Klamath Basin”
- Jamie Levin, “The Future of Public Transport - In Pursuit of Zero Emissions” Watch full presentation
- Richard L. Corsi, “Smog and Lemons: American Homes as Chemical Reactors and the Role of Energy Conservation in Reactor ‘Design’” Watch full presentation
- Heidi Ballard, “Environmental Learning and Participatory Research in Community-Based Forestry”
- Dustin Poppendieck and Arne Jacobson, “Kerosene Lamps, Solid-State Lighting, and Possibilities to Improve Public Health in Kenya” Watch full presentation
- Adam R. Brandt, “Avoiding High Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Future Transportation Fuels: The Case of Oil Shale” Watch full presentation
- Jessica Urban, “Demystifying and Deconstructing Disinformation: Population Issues and Environmental (In)Security”
- Chris Greacen, “Renewable Energy Policy and Planning in Thailand” Watch full presentation
- Richard Varenchik, “California’s Efforts to Control Climate Change” Watch full presentation
- Steven Hackett, “Economic and Social Considerations for Wave Energy Development in California” Watch full presentation
- Jeff Romm, “Moments of Reservation: Racial Foundations of Environmental Policy”
- Tom Stokely, “The Trinity River, the Peripheral Canal, and the Future of Water in California”
- Zoe Hammer, “Inventing Just Futures: Organizing for Human Rights in the Sonoran Desert”
- Matthew St. Clair, “Campus Sustainability at California Universities” Watch full presentation
- Betsy Hartmann, “Rethinking the Population Problem: The Terror of False Assumptions”
- Rick Duke, “The Five Trillion Dollar Challenge: A Roadmap for Containing Climate Change” Watch full presentation
- John Meyer, “The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice”
- H.I. Bud Beebe, “SMUD’s Utility Planning for Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Regulation” Watch full presentation
- Allison Rogers, “Go Green! Global Warming Awareness”
- Andrea Tuttle, “California Climate Protocols and Politics - Through the Lens of Forest Carbon”
- Peter Lehman, “Hydrogen in a Renewable Energy Future” Watch full presentation
- Michael Shellenberger, “Beyond Environmentalism: Creating a Politics Capable of Dealing with Global Warming and Other Ecological Crises” Watch full presentation
- Alex Farrell, “The Race for 21st Century Fuels” Watch full presentation
- Morgan Varner, “Changing Climate, Changing Fires: Predicting Future Fires in a Carbon-rich Atmosphere”
- Jeffrey Jacobs, “Future Fuel Sources: Options and Opportunities”
- Holmes Hummel, “Interpreting Technology and Policy Implications of Global Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century” Watch full presentation
- Anna Zalik, “Clean Energy and Armed Insurgency: Representing Security and Threat from the Nigerian Delta to the Mexican Gulf”
- Evon Peters, “Indigenous Peoples Rights and Environmental Justice”
- Evan Mills, “The Specter of Fuel Based Lighting”
- Patrice O’Neill, “The Fire Next Time: Using Film to Address Community Conflict”
- Sarah Goldthwait, “Plankton and CO2: The Role of Marine Organisms in Global Climate” Watch full presentation
- Ashanti Alston, “All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond”
- Tyrone Hayes, “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: What do hermaphroditic frogs tell us about environmental and human health?”
- Roundtable - Sustainable Community Design: “Why Does it Matter? How do we do it?”
- Victoria Sturtevant, “Collaborative Planning for Wildfire: Community Matters”
- Arne Jacobson, “Connective Power: Solar Electrification and Social Change in Kenya”
- Mark Lakeman, “The Village Lives”
- Carolina Simunovic, “Environmental Health in the San Joaquin Valley”
- Alan Lloyd, “The Fight for Air Quality in California: A 30 Year Retrospective and Visions for the Future” Watch full presentation
- Jim Zoellick, “Humboldt County’s Energy Picture” Watch full presentation
- Joan Ogden, “The Outlook for Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier” Watch full presentation
- Michel Gelobter, “The Soul of Environmentalism”
- Mark Hankins, “Approaches to Rural Electrification in East Africa: Donors, Projects, Rural Electrification”