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 Founders Hall 118 *
February 16 (Part of HSU's International Educaton Week)
Seth Holmes and Francisco, Victoria, Jonathan, and Armando, Triqui indigenous Mexican farmworker research contributors
"Migrant Farmworkers and Our Food System: Inequalities, Health, and What's Gone Wrong"
This will be a collaborative presentation planned and given jointly by Francisco, Victoria, Jonathan, and Armando, Triqui indigenous Mexican farmworker research contributors, and Dr. Seth M. Holmes, an Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology and Public Health at UC Berkeley and attending physician at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Seth is Chair of Medical Anthropology, Co-Director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley, and Co-Chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. His research focuses on social hierarchies, health, health care and the naturalization and normalization of difference and inequality in the context of US-Mexico im/migration and our transnational food system. For this research, he spent one and a half years full-time migrating with Triqui native Mexican farmworkers, living in labor camps and picking strawberries in Washington and Oregon, living in a slum apartment and pruning vineyards in California, living in a village in the mountains of southern Mexico while harvesting and planting corn, and crossing the border desert on foot into Arizona. The book from this work, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies (UC Press 2013), received the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award, the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, and the James M. Blaut Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
"Changing Energy Landscape in California"
Mallik Angalakudati serves as Vice President, Corporate Strategy at PG&E's Corporation. In this role, Mallik works closely with PG&E senior leadership to develop utility and holding company strategies. Prior to this role, he oversaw investment planning, resource management, strategy, process and quality excellence and contract management functions as Vice President, Gas Business Performance Management.
Mallik came to PG&E with more than 15 years' experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining PG&E, Mallik worked at National Grid in both operational as well as process leadership positions. His experience also includes management consulting and energy pricing and risk management.
He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Mallik also earned an executive education certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from the Harvard Business School and a Master Blackbelt certification from the Villanova University. Mallik serves on the Operating Committee of MIT's Leaders for Global Operations program, Utility Analytics Institute Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary's College.
"Harnessing the Power of Generative Networks to Improve Society's Relationship with Fire"
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) is one of the components of the Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together (PERFACT) agreement between The Nature Conservancy, the USFS, and the Departments of Interior. The Watershed Center partners with The Nature Conservancy to steward this nationwide network of fire adaptation practitioners.
Michelle is The Watershed Center's Director for the FAC Net, serving as the co-lead for the networks operations with her counterpart at The Nature Conservancy, Wendy Fulks. Michelle acts as a liaison in the network—directly working with member communities throughout the US to improve their wildfire resilience. She has been working with the FAC Net since its launch in 2013 and is inspired by the work that communities are doing to redefine their relationships with fire.
A graduate of Humboldt State University, Michelle's previous work includes coordinating networks of environmental educators and rural communities, and providing communications and development services to non-profits.
"Promoting Alternative Fuels Under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard"
As Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board (ARB), Mr. Wade oversees rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions with ARB, Mr. Wade contributed to the inception of California's cap-and-trade program, authored portions of the 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan, and served as ARB's deputy director of legislative affairs. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy start-up. Sam holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
"Bringing Electricity Service Under Local Control: Implications of Humboldt County's New Community Choice Energy Program"
Arne Jacobson: HSU Professor & Director, Schatz Energy Research Center
Matthew Marshall: Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Shawn Marshall: Director, LEAN Energy US
Shehzad Wadalawala: Client Services, The Energy Authority
Moderator: Kevin Fingerman, Assistant Professor, HSU
This Spring, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority is launching a Community Choice Energy program for Humboldt County. The program is aimed at offering a cleaner energy mix at lower rates to local customers. This panel discussion will explore the implications of this bold move for our local economy, renewable electricity generation, and energy systems statewide. The panel is made up of key Community Choice Energy program team members plus experts on the broader utility industry trends this move represents.
Mary Ann Piette
"Commercial Building Control Systems and Energy Management: Current Challenges and Future Directions"
This presentation will discuss research related to issues in controlling energy use in commercial buildings and new opportunities with model predictive control. Today we pay energy bills monthly and control buildings without consideration of energy use. In the future, energy use measurements need to be part of the control system. Control systems are beginning to evolve in performance monitoring tools that we need to better manage energy while maintaining or improving the services provide in a building. This presentation will feature projects on Energy Management and Information Systems, a model-based energy advisor and fault detection system at the US Naval Academy, and US-China collaborative research on model predictive control. The presentation will also include practical opportunities for energy management on university campuses.
Mary Ann Piette is the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and has been at LBNL since 1983. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops DR technology and the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. OpenADR is being deployed to deliver over 250 MW of DR in California and throughout the US. Ms. Piette develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking, and diagnostics. She has authored over 100 papers on efficiency and demand response. In 2006 Ms Piette received the Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning for contributions to making commissioning "business as usual". Ms. Piette completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
"Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics"
Darren Speece is Assistant Dean of Students and History Teacher at Sidwell Friends School. A Humboldt State University alum (1997, BS Geology), he received his PhD in history at the University of Maryland (2010). After leaving Humboldt State, Darren worked for The Fund for the Public Interest, running citizen outreach campaigns for seven years on behalf of the PIRGS, Sierra Club, Human Rights Campaign, Forests Forever, Greenpeace, and more. His writing has appeared in Environmental History, Salon.com, The Chicago Tribune, and The Salt Lake Tribune. California History is publishing an article about the Redwood Wars later this spring. Defending Giants (2016)is his first book. He is currently working on an environmental history of Washington, DC as well as a history of the Maine North Woods.
- Sharon Kramer,
“State of the Science on Environmental Issues and Marine Renewable Energy”
- Alexander Schunka,
“Water Use and Water Management in Early Modern Europe” Watch full presentation
- Andy Baker, “Saved By The Gyres: Ocean Source Heat Pumps Cut Heating Costs and CO2 Emissions in Coastal Alaska Cities"Watch full presentation
- Alex Eaton, "Waste to Energy to Market" Watch full presentation
- Lee Pera, "Tiny Houses: A Fad or the Future of Housing?" Watch full presentation
- Jason Mark, "Where in the Wild? The Search for Wilderness in the Anthropocene" Watch full presentation
- Terry Surles, "An Update on U.S. Energy Policy and Related Technology Development" Watch full presentation
- Sarah Wald, “A Universal Killer? Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the United Farm Workers' Pesticide Campaign”
- 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”
Watch full presentation
- 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”
Watch full presentation
- 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”